June 6, 2011
Dramatic opening win for Marauders
The CNY Marauders 16-Under baseball squad opened up the Southern Tier Teeners League season with a dramatic victory on Saturday, Leo Riley delivering a walk-off, game-winning base hit to beat the Upstate Chill 14-Under squad 9-8 on Saturday.
The visitors rallied from an early six-run deficit and pulled even with two runs in the top of the seventh to tie the game at 8-all, and the Chill could have grabbed the lead then if not for a leaping grab of a line drive by shortstop Zach Thomas to end that inning with a pair of runners on base.
The Marauders — a team made up of players from Homer, McGraw and DeRuyter — started the winning bottom of the seventh rally when Kyle Ritz was hit by a pitch with one out before stealing second base. After a strikeout, Riley lined the first pitch he saw into right-center to drive Ritz home with the game-winner.
“The boys came out early hitting and we were able to score seven runs and have a nice lead,” said Coach Tony Testa, the Marauders ahead 7-1 through the opening three innings. “Payten Boice had to leave after reaching the mandatory pitch count for the STTL. He had pitched great, shutting down the Chill team allowing only five hits while striking out 10 batters, but also gave up a few walks and had several deep pitch counts to batters.”
Millett DiAngeles picked up the pitching win in relief, supported by an 11-hit attack. Chris Sweeney drove in three runs with a 2-for-3 bat, while Connor Simonetta and Thomas had two-hit games and scored twice. Catcher Taylor Withiam was solid behind the plate, including throwing out a baserunner to end a Chill sixth inning rally.
“It was a good game to see what we had while also giving our kids some confidence and experience,” said Coach Testa, the Marauders scheduled to travel to Owego Thursday.
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