Rebels Move On in State Tourney with Convincing Victory Over Fredonia
Rocky Point, NY – With an outburst of offense, the North Bellmore North Merrick LL Rebels defeated Fredonia LL 19-3 yesterday. The run-rule victory after 3 1/2 innings advances the Rebels in the Williamsport states while eliminating Fredonia. Yesterday’s other result, Colonie over Ozone Howard 9-8, reduced the field in this double-elimination tournament to four teams remaining, with Stony Point and Cicero playing the last game in the winners bracket today, in addition to NBNM vs Colonie, each with one loss.
Yesterday’s Rebels game featured a pitching strategy to keep each hurler at just 20-or-less pitches so as not to require days off per Little League pitch-count/rest rules. It would mean that several would have to contribute to the effort, and their contribution would need to be effective. NBNM got all they asked for from appearances by Michael Proios, Jack Delaney, Eric Solomon, and Brian Porricelli, each of whom kept Fredonia’s offense at bay while the Rebels offense went to work.
After Proios sat Fredonia quietly in the top of the first inning, NBNM responded with a single by Jack Delaney, a homerun from Brian Porricelli, a Matt Conry double, and a single by Nick Valeriano, that they quickly converted into a 4-0 lead.
Inning two was started with two infield hits by Fredonia. Delaney then came on and got a couple of ground balls. With the Rebels conceding the runs for outs, Fredonia closed the gap to 4-2. The Rebels proceeded to explode for 13 runs in the bottom half. After Delaney drew a base on balls and Billy McAdam singled to left, a wild pitch moved both runners ahead one base. Fredonia then chose to walk Porricelli intentionally. Conry then lined a base hit to left to drive in Delaney and McAdam. Solomon followed with an RBI-single, scoring Porricelli, but was caught advancing to second for the first out. Nick Valeriano followed with a double to right bringing home Conry for an 8-2 lead. Alec Acri then delivered a line drive to right-center plating Valeriano. After Matt Coster reached on a fielder’s choice and Kevin McCleneghan walked, the Rebels had batted around with Delaney singling past the Fredonia shortstop to load the bases. McAdam got aboard on an error by Fredonia’s first baseman that allowed another run to score, 10-2. Porricelli served a single up the middle to knock in McCleneghan and Delaney, and Conry followed with a single to right – his 3rd hit, and 3rd and 4th RBI – scoring McAdam and Porricelli, and extending the Rebels lead to 14-2. After Solomon was hit by a pitch, Valeriano smack a double – his second double, 3rd hit, and 3rd and 4th RBI – to the right field corner to drive in Conry and Solomon. Valeriano later scored on a error to push the lead to 17-2.
Fredonia got a jump to start the third when Schrader doubled to left. But that was followed by an odd decision to attempt a delayed-steal of third that was thwarted by catcher Valeriano and Conry at third base for the first out of the inning. Singles by Voss and Buchanan led to one Fredonia run before Solomon got Tarnarchi on a strikeout and Michael Proios made a great catch in left field to snag a line drive off the bat of Walters. In the Rebels’ third, a McAdam single and a Porricelli homer – his second HR on the day, 3rd hit, and 6th and 7th RBI – changed the score to 19-3.
Porricelli then came on to pitch the Fredonia fourth and struck out the side (4 Ks in all with Tippens reaching by dropped-third-strike) getting some needed work and putting an exclamamtion point on the Rebels victory.
The Rebels face Colonie today at 5:00 where only one team will move on to play the loser of today’s earlier Stony Point vs Cicero game in the tournament semi-final tomorrow at noon.