PAINESVILLE, Ohio- After a day's delay due to weather, the Green team jumped out to an early lead and never looked back in claiming their second consecutive Storm Fall League (SFL) Cup title in a 14-5 romp over the Black squad during a sun-drenched Family Day celebration for the baseball program at Braggs Field.
The green team answered in the top half of the third inning to close the gap. Freshman designated hitter Darren Sackett and third baseman Wes Birchmeier both reached via back-to-back walks. Senior shortstop Sean Mathews then strode to the plate and delivered a two run double to left to close the gap to 3-2. Black answered in the bottom half of the inning, with Rutger Luebke plating a run following another throwing error by Birchmeier to increase the lead to 4-2.
Green took the lead for good with a five run outburst in the top half of the fourth inning and never looked back. Derek Turocy led off the inning with a single. Following walks to sophomore second baseman Austin Bovenzi and Sackett to load the bases, Birchmeier delivered a two run single to tie the game at four. Mathews doubled again on the second pitch of the next at bat to plate Sackett and Birchmeier to increase the lead to 7-4.
Green would increase the lead to 10-4 in the top half of the sixth, plating two runs on the strength of another RBI single from Mathews, which chased home Bovenzi, who had reached on an error leading off the inning. Sophomore outfield Luke Raley would single to right field to bring home Wes Birchmeier. Black answered in the bottom half of the sixth. After Vincent Ragnoni was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning, Anthony Ortiz singled to right field to put runners at first and second. Sam Montgomery would bounce into a fielder's choice to put runners at the corners, and Ragnoni would score on a Dylan Yankle passed ball to make the score 10-5.
Green closed out the scoring in the top half of the eighth inning, with junior third baseman Lou Peterlin connecting for his only hit of the day, a solo home run off of Black team reliever Brandon Grunda.
The winning pitcher for the green squad was freshman right hander Wes Birchmeier, who worked an efficient inning of work while striking out one. The loss for the black squad fell to junior righty Vince Pizulo, who allowed four runs on three hits in one and two thirds inning while also surrendering two walks.
The game MVP was senior Sean Mathews, who had a 5-5 afternoon, registering two doubles and collecting six RBI. The game also featured co- Cy Young award winners in sophomore right handed pitchers Austin Previt and Chris Tomshack. Each worked a scoreless seventh and eighth inning for the green team, respectively, while striking out one.
(Chris Tomshack, Austin Previt, Sean Mathews)