April 22, 2017
AL Game 19

Coldwell Banker Preferred    17
S.A.M. Construction Co.    10

Coldwell Banker improved to 5-2 with a 17-10 victory over SAM Construction on a soggy Saturday afternoon. Joe Arizin walked Ben Kalinchak to start the game and Ben scored on a Quinn Kell double. Chase MacCauley grounded out to second and moved Kell to third. But when Kell tried to steal home, Jack Gill recovered an errant pitch at the backstop and beat Kell to the plate to tag him out. Arizin walked the next two but ended the inning with a strikeout and it was 1-0 SAM. Coldwell erupted in the bottom half. Ryan Gauffreau (walk), Mike Phillip (HBP), and Sean Gorman (walk) loaded the bases for Avi Patel with no outs. Patel hit a line-drive single to right to score two. Jason DiRita then drove in two more with a single. Gill kept the hit parade going with a single to drive in DiRita. Matt Halpin hit a double to score Gill and then stole third and home to make it 7-1 Coldwell after one. Arizin walked one and struck out one in the second. DiRita came on in relief and after walking the first batter he faced, he retired the next two and stranded the runners to keep the score at 7-1. Coldwell padded their lead with two more in the bottom half. Gorman (walk) and Patel (RBI double) both scored while DiRita picked up another RBI single to make it 9-1 Big Blue after 2.

SAM closed the gap in the third. MacCauley and Harry Giles reached on errors to start the inning – both scored. Jack Shafer (walk) also scored in the inning on an Allen Kane RBI single and it was 9-4 heading to the bottom of the third. The Realtors responded with four of their own. Arizin (single), Shawn Welsh (single), Halpin (walk), and Ander Kristiansen (walk) all scored in the inning. Mike Phillips and Sean Gorman contributed RBI singles in the inning and the Coldwell lead swelled to 13-4 after three. Gill came on to pitch for Coldwell in the fourth and things….could have gone better. Kalinchak (single), Kell (walk), MacCauley (triple with an error), Giles (walk), Kauffman (reached on E1), and Shafer (single), all scored before Gorman came on in relief to retire three in a row. Suddenly it was a 13-10 game. But once again Big Blue answered the bell with four of their own to stretch the lead back to 17-10. Gill was hit on the foot with a pitch. He stole two bags on one pitch when after stealing second he realized the pitcher wasn’t paying attention to him so he continued safely to third. Arizin (walk), Welsh (RBI single), and Halpin all scored. Gauffreau (sacrifice grounder) and Gorman (single) picked up RBIs in the inning. That was the end of the scoring.

Gorman shut SAM down in the final two innings while allowing only two baserunners and striking out four. Kauffman loaded the bases with blue shirts in the fifth but pitched out of the jam and the home team didn’t need their 6th at-bat to secure the 17-10 victory.

Big Blue will be back in action Thursday night against the orange and blue of Plush Mills.

Pitch counts:
    Arizin – 38
    DiRita – 41
    Gill – 19
    Gorman – 53

    Kell – 59
    MacCauley – 53
    Kauffman – 30