Prospects Shut Out Braves, Remain Unbeaten
Massapequa, NY – The 12U LI Prospects remained undefeated in their fall campaign when they soundly defeated the LI Braves 13-0 at Burns Park yesterday in league play. In a game scheduled for 9 innings to count as two at the Braves request, the Prospects put an end to this one early invoking the ‘mercy rule’ after 6.
The Prospects struck early and often capitalizing on some charity and timely hitting. Matt Coster, with a couple of big hits on the day, drove a double through the gap in left center field to knock in three in the first inning and put the pressure on early. The Prospects’ game also featured excellent baserunning that attributed to their scoring. The Braves’ only threat came in the 3rd inning when a hit and a couple of walks loaded the bases. But starting pitcher Matt Conry was able to work out of the jam and was lifted after four innings allowing one hit and no runs. Defense was solid including a nice catch on a sinking line drive in center by Brian Porricelli and a heads-up assist by right fielder Matt Nilsen going 9-3 to take a hit away. Tyler Manger was dominant in relief going two innings without allowing a runner to reach base.
The victory extends the Prospects’ record to 8-0 ‘playing up’ in the 13U Fall National division of the Boys of Summer with two double-headers remaining (including a make-up with the LI Titans).
The team has not been beaten in 20 games since their formation in August.