Prospects Catch a Wave in Game 1, Wipeout in Game 2
Farmingdale, NY – The 14U LI Prospects split a double-header on Sunday at Saltzman Memorial School in Farmingdale taking the opener, 9-3, and dropping the second, 8-4. Despite much sloppy play, the Prospects accomplished their goal of getting work for most of the pitching staff for the upcoming Boys of Summer Memorial Day Shootout tournament and hope to have left the miscues behind them.
Game one was a see-saw battle until the ‘Spects started to break away in the fifth inning. After early RBI hits by Tyler Manger and Chris Wasson, they trailed 3-2. The Prospects’ fifth started with consecutive base hits by Manger, Jack Delaney and a RBI single to left by Chris Behan to get it tied. After Nick Valeriano successfully sacrificed, moving Delaney and Behan up 90 feet, a ground ball from Billy McAdam to the Farmingdale secondbaseman was misplayed into two more runs for the Prospects and a 5-3 lead. Alec Acri led off the sixth with a hit-by-pitch and Delaney later dropped a single behind second base to drive him in. The Prospects tacked on in the 7th when Valeriano reached on an infield hit followed by a walk to McAdam. When they advanced on a wild pitch, Matt Conry delivered a 2-RBI single. After a stolen base and a balk got him to third base, Conry scored on a wild pitch.
In game two, the Greenwave got out to an early lead from which they would never look back. With Prospects starting pitcher Alex Rodriguez struggling to stay ahead of hitters, Farmingdale capitalized on free passes, shaky defense and timely hitting to score a pair in each of the first three innings. The Prospects scored in their half of the second on a lead-off single by Wasson and a RBI-double to deep center field by Manger. After reliever Behan got two quick outs in the Greenwave fourth, a single, hit batsman, a walk and a throwing error in the infield led to two more Farmingdale runs. With two outs in the bottom of the fourth, Manger dropped a bomb to left for a solo home run, chipping at the Greenwave lead, 8-2. After Conry came on to relieve in the fifth and quieted the Farmingdale offense, the ’Spects threatened in the seventh when a lead-off single by Manger, a couple of errors, a walk, and a single by Rodriguez plated two for the Prospects, but it was too little, too late.
It was a huge offensive day for the Prospects’ Tyler Manger going 5-for-6, with a 2B, a HR and 3 RBI.