Tim Rossi continues to pitch his best as we head down the stretch of the season. In what was a 13-1 win for the Panthers of Point Pleasant Boro, Rossi pitched 6 innings of 1 run ball. The Panthers improved to 18-1 on the season and have won 4 straight games since a 4-3 loss to Barnegat on May 2nd.
Point Boro jumped on the board early as they took an early 5-0 lead on the Gulls. ” Playing Point Beach is always fun. I’m glad I was able to get some run support early in the game as it certainly made the game easier to pitch. In the end, I am just glad we were able to get the win,” Rossi said.
The top of the Panthers order has been tough to get out all season. Today, Sam Monaco, Bill Feehan, Frank Graziano, and Mark Leyble combined for 11 hits and 10 RBIs against Point Pleasant Beach pitching.
“It is just a matter of getting up in that right spot. When you are up in a big spot, you just want to do what you have to do to drive your pitch,” Bill Feehan said when I asked him about his consistency at the plate. “Sam Monaco added to the mix today,” Feehan addressed. “Sam always finds a way to help the team. If he gets on base, he is always looking to swipe second and advance.”
Mark Leyble added to the offense, driving a pitch in the 4th inning for a solo shot. He was part of the Point Boro 4 run rally in the top of the third inning. At that point, Boro led 7-1 before Point Beach was able to get on the board via a Kevin Donnelly double.
“This was a great opportunity for the two schools to play against each other,” coach David Drew said. ” Back when I was in school, we never had the opportunity to play against the Boro. I always wanted my opportunity to play against Point Boro. I think that it is important that we play this game. This is great for the community. The amount of people that are here make this game great and I think we should have more of them,” Drew addressed when asked about the rivalry between the two schools.
Point Boro will take a day off before they travel to First Energy Park to take on Shore Regional on Saturday. The BlueClaws will play earlier in the day before the Panthers take the field in the nightcap.
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