June 12, 2017
AL Playoff Game 7

Coldwell Banker Preferred    7
S.A.M. Construction    5

In a hard fought game that saw two ties and three lead changes, Coldwell Banker came out on top Monday night over SAM Construction, 7-5.

Avi Patel set SAM down in order in the first. Chase McCauley struck out. Quinn Kell grounded out to Mike Phillips for the second out. And Harry Giles hit a shot to center that was tracked down by Anders Kristiansen. Coldwell then struck first in the bottom half of the first. Phillips hit a laser but was robbed as McCauley made a great play to stab the liner for the first out. Jack Gill struck out looking. But with two outs, Sean Gorman hit a hot-shot liner to left for a double. Patel singled to knock in Gorman and wound up on third after two overthrows. Jason DiRita then hit a flare into right to score Patel. It was 2-0 Coldwell after one.

But SAM answered in the second. Evan Whitehouse singled to start things off. Ben Kauffman then doubled to the gap to score Whitehouse. Lily Riordan followed with another double to score Kauffman. Riordan then stole third and scored on an overthrow. The next two batters were retired. But then Jack Shafer singled, stole second and reached third on an overthrow. He then stole home on a passed ball and suddenly SAM had a 4-2 lead. Coldwell responded with a run in the bottom half. Just like the first inning, the run came with two outs and nobody on base. Shawn Welsh worked a walk. Tristan McLean was hit by a pitch. Then Ryan Gauffreau and Mike Phillips walked with the Phillips walk allowing Welsh to score. It was 4-3 SAM after 2.

In the third SAM added another. McCauley worked a 2-out walk, moved to second when Quinn Kell also walked, and then stole third and home. But when Kell also tried to score on a passed ball, catcher Anders Kristiansen flipped to Gorman who tug out Kell at the dish for the final out. But Coldwell took the lead for good in the bottom half of the third. Once again Big Blue was able to do it with two outs. After a Gorman pop-out and a Patel K, DiRita and Joe Arizin both worked full counts and were able to reach base with walks. Matt Halpin stepped to the plate and hit a laser just fair down the right field line that was ruled a ground-rule double when it somehow rolled under the fence in the corner. Anders Kristiansen followed with another double, this one a bomb to the right-centerfield gap, so score Arizin and Halpin. It was 6-5 Coldwell after three.

Neither team scored in the fourth. Evan Whitehouse reached base with a walk but was caught stealing home. Ben Kauffman also reached with a walk in the inning but was stranded. In the home half, Tristan McLean walked and stole second. But when the throw to second was bobbled, McLean tried to take third and was thrown out. The next two batters were retired and it was on to the 5th.

Ben Kalinchak walked to lead off the 5th for SAM. He moved over to second as Sam Grace reached on an error. Kalinchak then stole third and Grace stole second on a passed ball. The next two batters struck out. When the 1-0 pitch to Allen Kane wound up at the backstop, Kalinchak tried to swipe home. But Arizin sprinted to the backstop, pounced on the passed ball, and flipped it to Gorman who tagged out Kalinchak for the third out. The Realtors added an insurance run in the bottom half. Gill walked to lead off the inning and stole second. Gorman singled as Gill moved over to third. Patel picked up a sacrifice fly to center as Gill tagged up and scored. Coldwell left the bases loaded but took a 7-5 lead into the 6th.

Gorman struck out Allen Kane and Colson Collins to start the 6th. McCauley walked and stole second. But Quinn Kell rolled a grounder to first where Patel calmly scooped it and touched first for the final out. Coldwell Banker will advance to Saturday’s Championship game. SAM will play Thursday against the winner of Tuesday night’s Murtagh/Sposato tilt.

Pitch Counts:
    Patel – 41
    Gorman – 73

S.A.M. Construction:
    Kauffman – 72
    Kell – 35