There are just certain moments when a championship winning pitcher wants all the pressure on him. Throughout Wednesday night’s Monmouth County title game, CBA Colts ace Luca Dalatri once again reminded us of his stellar career. Dalatri has made it a habit of coming through in big games. This one would be no different as the senior right-hander stole the show, throwing a complete game of 1 hit ball against longtime rival RBC. Among one of the hits that Dalatri gave up was a mixture of breaking pitches that lived on the outside corner of the plate.
” I did a lot of things to improve my breaking pitches this year. I want to go out there and do what I always try to do and just command all four of my pitches. I feel as if I can really be in command of my game when I have all four of my pitches working for me,” Dalatri said.
Red Bank Catholic was able to pick up their first hit with two outs in the third inning before Dalatri was able to settle back in and retire Evan Madigan via a strikeout. ” Luca is special, every time he is on the mound, we know we have a chance to see something spectacular,” CBA catcher Brandon Mortorano said.
The Colts offense got on the board early and continued to put together hard-fought at-bats to consistently get men on. Nick Hohenstein doubled in the first run of the game to take a 1-0 lead in the 2nd inning. The rally was initially started as Dalatri was drilled with a pitch by RBC starter John Poccia.
CBA would extend their lead to 2-0 in the 5th on a Cid Porter single to right-field. Porter’s hit was misplayed which allowed Luke Chece to score all the way from the first base bag. At that point, CBA’s Luca Dalatri was dialed in and had accumulated 12 strikeouts through the 6th.
” I just looked at coach once I got to second and I thought that he was going to send me forward, but instead, he held me up,” Porter said. ” We knew that once we got to the plate it was time to zone in,” Porter addressed when asked about his team’s ability to consistently play well at First Energy Park.
CBA would double their lead in the 6th. Luca Dalatri would hit a triple which drove home Brandon Mortorano. Kenny Campbell also drove in a run with an RBI single as well.
Dalatri closed out the Caseys with 15 strikeouts in total as he went the distance through the 7th. With the win tonight, the Colts clinched their third straight MCT title.