The sport of baseball is not always the prettiest of games. Today’s B South showdown between Point Boro and Manchester attested to that as the Hawks won a close 3-2 battle. Pat Carney got the win on the mound as he improved to 2-0 on the young season. The Hawks took the lead in the 5th inning in what was a strikeout that was mishandled which allowed the go-ahead run to score.
The Hawks opened the scoring in the 1st inning with a RBI single from the third baseman Gavin Pabst. His single drove in the starting pitcher James Johns as the Hawks took a 1-0 lead over the Panthers. “Last year, Gavin did not have a big offensive year,” Coach Beauchemin said.
“He came up to me last year and said that he wanted to produce more offensively and he showed that today”.
It was Tom Paul who started on the mound for the Panthers and gave up all three runs over seven innings pitched.
it would not take long, however, for Point Boro to get the tying run across the plate. In the bottom of the 1st, John Duggan drove in Pat Feehan with a RBI ground out. After 1 inning of play, Manchester and Point Boro were tied 1-1 going into the second inning. After a 1-2-3 inning from Paul, Point Boro took the lead in the 2nd inning. Ben Herrman made it a 2-1 game in that frame when he drove in John Alfonso with a RBI single.
Although Point Boro led 2-1 in the bottom of the third, momentum began to shift towards the Hawks; completing two brilliant plays to end the frame. It was John Duggan who was thrown out at the plate after a base hit from Thomas Paul. Center Fielder Matthew Migliaccio was credited with the outfield assist as he fired and got the first out of the inning.
“I always trust him that he is going to make the play,” Coach Dave Beauchemin said. “Honestly, he’s the guy I want to have the ball in a situation like that,” Beauchemin added.
The second impressive play of the inning was a 1-6 DP that ended the 3rd inning. It was in the 4th inning which Manchester was then able to plate the tying run. One again, it was Migliaccio who delivered a key RBI single to tie the game at 2-2.
Manchester would then take a 3-2 lead in the 5th inning. Johns was able to score on a mishandled ball after a Gavin Pabst strikeout which allowed Pabst to reach safely.
From there, Point Boro would have many chances to come away with the tying run. However, Manchester would bend but not break as they were able to secure the 3-2 B South win. “Today was a big win for us,” pitcher Pat Carney said.
“Obviously whenever you play a division rival you always want to be able to do what you can to win the game,” Carney added.