June 7, 2017
AL Playoff Game 3
Coldwell Banker Preferred 6
Murtagh Brothers 2
Coldwell Banker flashed some serious leather en route to a 6-2 victory over Murtaugh Brothers on Wednesday night. Murtaugh advanced to the game by defeating Quotations in extra innings on Monday night. Runs were hard to come by as both teams enjoyed solid pitching performances.
Murtaugh struck early when their lead-off man, Connor Martin, was hit by an Avi Patel pitch and came around to score on a Zach Cohen RBI single. Charlie Nasta and Mike DiMonte were victims of stellar defensive plays by Sean Gorman at short and Jason DiRita at third. Rossi also popped out to Patel in the inning. In the bottom half, Bianca Penn walked Mike Phillips and Jack Gill. Gorman hit a laser to shortstop but Brock Reid stabbed it for the first out. Patel walked. DiRita knocked in Phillips and Gill with a 2RBI single. After a fielder’s choice and a K, it was 2-1 Coldwell after one.
In the second, Patel needed just 11 pitches to set Murtaugh down in order. Patel threw out Reid on a comebacker. DiRita made another nice play at third to retire Farrington. And Firlein struck out to end the top half. In the bottom half, Coldwell added two more. Ryan Gauffreau worked a 2-out walk. Phillips and Gill each drew their second walk of the game. Gorman drove in Gauffreau and Phillips with a 2RBI single to left as Coldwell increased their lead to 4-1 after two.
Patel cruised through the third as well setting down Murtaugh 1-2-3. DiRita made yet another play at third to throw out Bianca Penn. Patel struck out the next two batters to end the top half of the third. DiRita was as effective with the bat as he’d been with the glove. He started things off by hitting a grounder to third that was too hot to handle as he reached safely. Arizin then hit a dribbler down the first baseline and beat the throw for an infield single. Matt Halpin drove in DiRita with an RBI base hit up the middle. Shawn Welsh hit a sacrifice grounder to second to score Arizin and it was 6-1 Coldwell after three.
The Murtaugh bats finally got to Patel in the fourth. After striking out the first batter he faced in the inning, Patel allowed a double to Connor Martin to right field. Charlie Nasta singled to score Martin. Rossi popped out. Cohen singled. And DiMonte was retired on a grounder back to Patel who threw him out at first to end the inning with the score 6-2, Coldwell. That would be the end of the scoring. Gill singled and Gorman walked in the bottom of the fourth but they were stranded.
Gorman came on to pitch for Coldwell in the 5th. He allowed a single to Firlein and walked Penn. But he struck out two and Coccodrilli grounded out to Jack Gill who made a great play to throw him out at first to end the inning. Coldwell was quiet in their half of the fifth. DiRita singled again. But Joe Arizin grounded to Bianca Penn at second who tagged DiRita and threw to first to get Arizin for the double play. Rossi struck out Anders Kristiansen to end the inning.
In the 6th, Gabe Taimanglo narrowly missed a sure double that bounced just foul in front of first-base. He then hit a hard grounder to shortstop but was thrown out by Phillips who fielded it cleanly and made a strong throw to first. Gorman struck out Luke Averill. Martin and Nasta drew walks to make things interesting. But Rossi grounded to Gill at second who threw to Patel at first to snag Rossi and end the ballgame. Coldwell will await tomorrow night’s SAM/Sposato winner on Monday night. Murtaugh will take on Plush Mills on Saturday morning.
Patel – 50
Gorman – 48
Penn – 85
Rossi – 40