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Diary of a Mad Sportswriter: Phillies 2009 opener

Diary of a Mad Sportswriter

Stan Hudy is a sportswriter for The Saratogian and Community News. He covers high school and youth sports in the Saratoga County area as well as writing a weekly book review on sports books. He's not just a "stick and ball" sportswriter, he's willing to take on any sport as well as any subject.

Thursday, June 04, 2009

Phillies 2009 opener

I'll be giving you play by play as the first pitch of 2009 is thrown in the NYCBL at East Field in Glens Falls, and it's a strike by Golden Eagles left hander Ricky Ott (New Orleans) to Saratoga Phillies third baseman Sean Allaire (Central Connecticut).
And it's a single to center, the first hit and baserunner for the Phillies this season.

Kentucky centerfielder and Columbia High School product Brian Rose is up from the left side.
After a stare from Glens Falls starter Ott, Rose walks to put runners on first and second.

Palomar Junior College right fielder Matt Carvutto up to the plate. Carvutto hits a can of corn to left field for the first out.

Boston College designated hitter, Mike Augustine up to the plate to bat from the left side.
Augustine strikes out and on the dropped ball, Glens Falls catcher Gary Derhagopian (Siena) fires to second, attempting to catch Sean Allaire leading off. He made it back safely, getting pegged with the throw.

Central Connecticut State's Pat Epps steps up and wrecks havoc on the Golden Eagles defense, lining it back to Ott and saw it tip off his glove towards first. Glens Falls first basemanNate Valdez attempted to scoop the ball back to Ott who was covering third, but the toss was mis-handled allowing Allaire to score for a 1-0 lead.

The relay to the catcher was late and Rose raced to third, diving in head first. The throw to third ended up in left field and he was waved home for a 2-0 lead with Pat Epps moving over to second.

Logan Bowers (Walters Community College) drives in the first earned run of the night with a solid single through the left side, scoring Epps who moved to third earlier on a wild pitch, giving the Phillies an early 3-0 lead.

Pat Reardon (RPI) grounds out to second to end the top of the first inning.

Bottom of the first inning
Anthony Giansanti (Siena) struck out looking. 1-0 out.
RO Jones (St. Gabriel) hit by pitch from Saratoga starter Mark Zecchino (Virginia Tech). He steals second during Sean Lamont's at-bat.
Justin Zumwalde (PIMA) long fly out to right centerfield. One out.
Sean Lamont (Georgetown) grounds back to the pitcher, flips to first, getting Lamont by a step. Two outs.

Kevin Berry (Northeastern) strikes out. End of the first inning. Saratoga up, 3-0.

Top of the second inning

Up for the Phillies, Biss Larson (NC State) grounder to the right of second base, Glens Falls infielder Kevin Berry makes a diving stop, throwing from his knees as Larson is safe by half-a-step.
Max McElenry (Cerristos College) sacrifice bunt, moves Larson over to second.
Sean Allaire (Central Connecticut) grounds out to second, moving Larson to third. Two outs.

Brian Rose (Kentucky) strikes out to end the inning.

Bottom of the second. Glens Falls up. Saratoga leads, 3-0.

Kevin Berry (Northeastern) strikes out swinging. One out.

Nate Valdez (Central Conn. State) walks, advances on a stolen base and reaches third on a passed ball, tipped up and over the glove of Saratoga Phillies catcher Pat Reardon (RPI).

Gary Derhagopian (Siena) hits a long fly ball to center, allowing Valdez to tag up and beat the throw from center, to second to home, cutting into the Phillies lead, 3-1.

Pepito Moreno (Pima) struck out swinging to end the inning.

Bottom of the second. Phillies up, 3-1.
Matt Carvutto (Palomar) reached on a shot over the second baseman.
Mike Augustine grounds to short into a 6-4-3 double play, erasing Carvutto at second.

Pat Epps (Central Conn. State) singles through the left side.

Logan Bowers (Walters CC) strikes out looking to end the inning. Saratoga up, 3-1.

Bottom of the third. Glens Falls up to bat.
Steve Zavala (Rutgers) opens up the third with a walk. He stole second during R.O. Jones' at-bat.

Anthony Giasanti (Siena) sends a bomb to the deepest part of East was was was caught by Saratoga centerfielder Brian Rose.

R.O. Jones (St. Gabriel) grounds to deep short and is out by one-half of one-half of one step for the second out of tehe inning.

Justin Zumwalde (Pima) hits a shot to second, smothered by Max McEleney (Cerristos College) who throws him out from his knees for the final out of the third inning.

Top of the fourth. Saratoga up, 3-1.
Patrick Reardon (RPI) flied out to centerfield.

Biss Larson (NC State) takes a one-out walk. He is erased attempting to steal second when Glens Falls catcher Gary Derhagopian buzzed his own pitcher's dome, sending a laser to the left side of second to shortstop Pepito Moreno (Pima) who leaned across the bag to put the ball down for the tag.

Max McEleney (Cerristos) struck out swinging.

Bottom of the fourth. Saratoga up, 3-1.
Sean Lamont (Georgetown) sends a laser to third, stabbed by Phillies third baseman Sean Allaire (Central Conn. State).

Kevin Berry (Northeastern) hot shot to short, Phillies infielder Biss Larson (NC State) slide/dives to his left and fires to first for the second out.

Nate Valdez (Central) struck out swinging. Third out.

Top of the fifth. Saratoga up, 3-1.
Sean Allaire (Central Conn. State) reaches on a bunt single to the left side of the mound. Glens Falls third baseman Sean Lamont (Georgetown) bare-hands the ball, fires, but not in time.

Brian Rose (Kentucky) puts down a sacrifice bunt in almost the same spot, but Lamont comes up with it, moving Allaire to second.

Matt Carvutto (Palomar) long fly ball to center, not far enough to move Allaire to third. Second out.

Mike Augustine (Boston College) sends a looping fly ball to centerfield, away from the outfielder. Allaire scores from second after the ball is thrown way up the third base line to go up, 4-1.

Pat Epps (Central Conn. State) walks, putting runners at first and second.

Logan Bowers (Walters CC) long fly ball to center for the third out.

Bottom of the fifth. Saratoga up, 4-1.
Gary Derhagopian (Siena) struck out. Dropped third strike, thrown out. One out.

Pepito Moreno (Pima) rung up by the home plate umpire, second out and the sixth strikeout for Saratoga starter Mark Zecchino (Virginia Tech).

Steve Zavala (Rutgers) struck out for Zecchino's seventh sit down on the night.

Top of the sixth. Saratoga up, 4-1
Glens Falls pitching change: Right-hander Willie Beard (Rutgers) comes on in relief of Ricky Ott (New Orleans).

The book on Ott - Four runs on eight hits, only two of them earned in his five innings of work. He walked three and struck out four.

Pat Reardon (RPI) grounded out to second. One out.

Biss Larson (NC State) grounded out to third. Two out.

Max McEleney (Cerristos) groundout to short. Third out.

Bottom of the sixth. Saratoga up, 4-1.
Anthony Giansanti (Siena) flies out to right. One out.

R.O. Jones (St. Gabriel) flies out to right. Two out.

Justin Zumwalde (Pima) hot shot to the corner, Saratoga third baseman Sean Allaire makes a backhanded stab, fires to first for the third out of the inning.

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Top of the seventh
Sean Allaire (Central Conn. State) reaches after getting hit by a pitch.

Brian Rose (Kentucky) lines out to centerfield and yes, I wrote...lined out.

Matt Carvutto (Palomar) walked. Erased on a force out on a comebacker to the pitcher for the second out.

Mike Augustine (Boston College) hits into a fielder's choice back to the pitcher who fires to second for the force.

Pat Epps (Central Conn. State) strikes out to end the inning.

Bottom of the seventh
Sean Lamont (Georgetown) flied out to right.

Kevin Berry (Northeastern) flied out to right.

Nate Valdez (Central) struck out swinging.

Top of the eighth. Saratoga up, 4-1.

Logan Bowers (Walters CC) walked. Erased on a grounder to the shortstop. One out.

Pat Reardon (RPI) reaches on a throwing error by the shortstop attempting to turn the double play, bounces in front of the first baseman. Reardon doesn't advance on the play.

Max McEleney (Cerristos) struck out to end the eighth.

Bottom of the eighth. Phillies up 4-1.
Gary Derhagopian (Siena) sends a long fly ball to the gap in left centerfield towards the wall, tracked down by Logan Bowers (Walters CC).

Pepito Moreno (Pima) well now we can say it...the first hit of the game and the season for the Glens Falls Golden Eagles when Moreno sends a flare to right, dropping in to break up the no-hitter by Marc Zecchino (Virginia Tech).

Steve Zavala (Rutgers) struck out looking. Second out.

Anthony Giansanti (Siena) reached on a walk. Saratoga pitching coach Billy Sittig takes a trip to the mound while the Phillies bulllpen gets busy.

R.O. Jones (St. Gabriel) strikes out, becoming the 10th victim on the night by Marc Zecchino and the third out.

Top of the ninth. Saratoga still up, 4-1.
Sean Allaire (Central Conn. State) grounds out to the shortstop. One out.

Brian Rose (Kentucky) walks, immediately steals second, taking the throw from the catcher into the ribs on the slide.

Matt Carvutto (Palomar) grounds out to the shortstop, nice throw on the run. Two outs.

Mike Augustine (Boston College) takes a two-out walk.

Pat Epps (Central Conn. State) grounds out to first for the unassisted out to end the inning.

Bottom of the ninth. Phillies look to close out opener
John Shippee in for relief for Saratoga.

Justin Zumwalde (Pima) struck out swinging.

Sean Lamont (Georgetown) reaches on a walk.

Kevin Berry (Northeastern) flies out to right for the second out of the inning.

Nate Valdez (Central) walks and Shippee gets a visit from Phillies pitching coach Billy Sittig.

Gary Derhagopian (Siena) runs the count to 3-1 before grounding back to Shippee for the final out and giving the Phillies a 4-1, one-hit season-opening victory on the road.



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