Prospects Beat Greendogs

Posted by Long Island Prospects on May 08 2014 at 09:14AM PDT in 2014 Spring-Summer

Farmingdale, NY – The LI Prospects used a brigade of pitchers and strong second-half offense to defeat the Farmingdale Greendogs convincingly, 12-3, in the NJBL 15U Spring American league. It was another 9-inning game that counts as two in the standings.

After the Prospects opened the scoring in the first inning with Brian Donnelly knocking in Nick Valeriano who singled to start the game, starting pitcher Valeriano showed good command on the hill for the ’Spects allowing no walks and an unearned run in three innings of work. The Greendogs went ahead with Matt Conry pitching in the fourth when two infield hits and two stolen bases led to a run and 2-1 lead for Farmingdale. The Prospects responded in the fifth with two runs on two walks and infield hits from Valeriano and Jack Delaney to retake the lead, 3-2. A lead-off single and stolen base by Alec Acri to start the sixth was followed by a ground out to second by Billy McAdam and a successful squeeze bunt by Chris Wasson, extending the Prospects lead to 4-2. As Wasson and Chris Behan pitched hitless and scoreless innings in the sixth and seventh, the ’Spects offense tacked on when a hit-by-pitch and a walk was followed by Conry burning the center fielder for a 2-RBI triple. A Donnelly sac fly plated Conry pushing the score to 7-2. After the Prospects went quietly in the top of the eighth, Acri came on to pitch a scoreless home half. ’Spects bats stayed hot in the ninth when Tyler Manger got things started with a double to deep center field. A walk to Behan and a bunt single by Valeriano loaded the bases. Delaney dropped a 2-RBI single into right field, Conry and Donnelly provided sac flies, and Acri singled in Delaney for a five-run inning and a 12-2 lead. Alex Rodriguez struggled to find his command in closing out the ninth when a walk and a couple of hit-by-pitch led to a Greendogs run but he worked out of the jam with no further damage.


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