On a steaming Monday afternoon, the CT Rivals came to town to face the 16u Connecticut Moose. Baseballs were crushed. Breaking balls were whipped. An offensive heavy game started with four strong innings of pitching by Anthony Morro.
In his four and two-thirds innings of dealing, Morro allowed two earned runs, seven hits, and struck out four.
A one-run Moose lead heading into the bottom of the fourth inning quickly expanded after a Drew Seidman double sparked a seven-run inning. Seidman led the team in hits and runs batted in with three of each.
Another key component to the monstrous fourth inning was youngster Brady Nichols. Nichols hit in one, and later in the game found himself back on base after another rope single.
After tallying seven in the fourth, the CT Rivals answered with eight runs in the fifth. Left-hander Josh Castro struggled in his second relief outing of the year but later made up for his inconsistent fastball in the top of the fifth. With the score all knotted up in the bottom of the fifth, Josh Castro struck a bomb over the center fielders head, hitting in the go-ahead run.
The utility machine, Drew Taylor came into pitch the last two and a third innings, only allowing one run on four hits. A smooth outing out of Taylor allowed the Moose to take control late and eventually capture its second win of the summer.
The Greco Brothers contributed in the clutch, each finding their way around the bases. Catcher Stephen Greco hosed a few wannabe base stealers, and Michael Greco picked a few dirt balls down at first base.
A near-disastrous blown lead turned into another 16u Moose win. More to come. The 16u Meese are rollin...