Jim Rosa (@jimrosa519)
It was yet another rainy night at Count Basie Field as the JSBL prepared for another great match up between two hihg powered teams in the Red Bank Marlins and Wall Angels, who play in opposite divisions.
In a game that lasted over two hours, the Angels defeated Marlins 7-5 after blowing what appeared to be a secure 5-0 lead heading into the 7th inning.
The offense would get started early as they cashed in for 2 runs in the first inning against Marlins starter Corey Hawes. After getting Nick Martinez to fly out for the first out of the game, Max Goione promptly greeted Hawes with a one out triple to give the Angels their first hit of the game. He would be the first of four straight base runners to reach in the inning.
After a walk to Jason Callazo, the table was set for Wall catcher Dan Wondrak. He did exactly what he had done in his four year at Wall High School- hit the ball hard and drive in runs. He was red hot as he drilled a double to center that went all the way back to the wall. This was just one of his four hits that he had in the game. He would also drive in another run in the 3rd as he drove in Goione.
With the score already 3-0, the Angels would add on two more runs as Martinez was able to get on in the 6th inning. A Max Goione single which drove him in after Martinez was already in scoring Position via a double. Later in the inning it was Devon Quaglietta who was able to single home a run after a few fielding errors proved to be costly for the Marlins.
This would make the score 5-0 going into the bottom of the 7th inning. But don’t count the marlins out just yet! They themselves would have an offensive surge, scoring five runs in the inning and batting around the order. Base hits from Jc Menna and Greg Geran set up a walk to Vinney Tranchina. This would load the bases for the top man in the order, Andrew Lamura. He took the offering from Chris Barcass and drove it over the right-center field fence for a grand slam! This would make the score 5-4! The game would later be tied up on a RBI single.
A double by Matt Olivito followed by a Matt Cecere single sent this game into extra innings, where the Angels eventually won. I caught up with Lamura after the game-
This game had some more excitement left to it as we played into the 9th inning. Dan Wondrak once again hit a missile into right field. He had four hits on the night and contributed heavily to what was an all around team win for the Angels. Jason Collazo also was able to single and get on base. This would set things up for the savior of the night. Nick Maciejewski drove a pitch into right field and that would give the angels the eventual winning runs. I later caught up with Nick after the game.
Eric Dreibliss would come into the game to close it out and seal the win for the Angels. In the end they used five pitchers in total but ultimately each guy was able to do what they had to give the team the win!
With the win the Angels improve to a league best 21-5 on the season. Both teams however are in first place in the standings as we near the end of an exciting summer of JSBL baseball!
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