April 27, 2017
AL Game 24

Coldwell Banker Preferred    18
Plush Mills    5

Coldwell Banker used a whopping 18 hits to score a season-high 18 runs Thursday night to defeat Plush Mills 18-5. Jack Gill (single, stole third and home), Sean Gorman (single), Mike Phillips (walk), and Avi Patel (reached on FC), all scored in the first to make it 4-0 Coldwell. Jason DiRita (single) and Joe Arizin (double) picked up RBIs in the inning and Matt Halpin also notched a solid single to left. Plush Mills used just one hit but took advantage of some spotty defense to score 4 of their own in the bottom half. Jacey Fox (walk), Felix Gusic (reached on error), Shaun Fernandes (walk), and Nicolas Fox (single) all scored in the inning for Plush Mills. Cole Wood walked and stole second and third but was caught stealing home when Phillips retrieved an errant fastball and flipped it to Patel who made the tag.

Coldwell tacked on two more in the second. Anders Kristiansen (walk), and Gill (reached on FC), scored in the inning. Tristan McLean singled in the inning. Gorman recorded an RBI single as well and Phillips had a sacrifice grounder to score Gill. DiRita came on to pitch in the second for Coldwell and he struck out the side to keep the score at 6-4 Coldwell. Coldwell scored two more in the third. Patel and Arizin started the inning off with singles. Shawn Welsh knocked in Patel with a single of his own. Ryan Gauffreau used a sacrifice grounder to score Arizin and it was 8-4 Coldwell. In the bottom half, Jacey Fox used his wheels to hit an infield single and then stole second, third, and home. But DiRita struck out the other three batters he faced and Coldwell took an 8-5 lead into the 4th.

The hit parade continued for Coldwell. McLean started things off with his second single of the day. He was then thrown out at second on a Gill fielder's choice grounder to shortstop. Gorman hit his third single of the day but was thrown out at second on a Phillips fielder's choice. DiRita knocked in Gill with a single and then Phillips scored on a Patel single. Arizin drove in DiRita and Patel with a line-drive double to the left-centerfield gap and it was 12-5 Coldwell. DiRita continued his brilliant pitching and retired all three batters he faced in the fourth on just 8 pitches. Gusic grounded out to Phillips at short. Fernandes grounded out to Gill at second. And Nick Fox popped out to Patel at first and the side was retired. Kristiansen singled in the fifth for Coldwell but Big Blue did not score in that frame. DiRita set Plush Mills down in order again in the fifth. He fielded his position well throwing out Wood at first on a come-backer. He then fought back from a 3-0 count to strike out Elizabeth Salazar looking. Sam Ramsey popped out to Patel at first to end the inning.

Coldwell wasn't finished scoring. Gorman (reached on error), Phillips (walk), DiRita (single), Patel (3RBI triple), Welsh (FC), and Halpin (hit by pitch), all scored in the inning. Arizin (4-4 on the day) had an RBI single in the inning and Gauffreau knocked in two runs with a flare over the shortstop's head. Suddenly the lead bulged to 18-5. Gorman came on to relieve DiRita. He was dominant using just 11 pitches to strike out the side.

Coldwell will try to improve to 7-2 when they take on Murtaugh Brothers Saturday morning.


Pitch counts:
Coldwell:
    Patel 35
    DiRita 54
    Gorman 11

Plush Mills:
    Gusic 65
    J Fox 44