Prospects sweep in BoS Opener
North Bellmore, NY – The 14U LI Prospects took two games from the 15U North Atlantic Whalers on Saturday, 5-2 and 4-3, to kick off the Boys of Summer Long Island season where the team is playing up in the wood bat league. While the ‘Spects didn’t play their best baseball, they executed when necessary coming up with the big hit, defensive play, or pitch.
Game one was quiet until the third inning when the Whalers converted two singles and a sac bunt into the first run of the game. The lead was brief, however, as the Prospects answered back in the bottom half. With two outs and one on, a single by Nick Valeriano followed by a hit-by-pitch for Jack Delaney loaded the bases. Matt Conry then delivered the big blow in this one, doubling over the head of the left fielder and clearing the bases to give the Prospects the lead. Conry then scored on a single by Brian Donnelly. ’Spects starter Alex Rodriguez labored in the fourth yielding two walks and a hit leading to a Whalers run, but the Prospects returned the favor when a walk and base hits from Billy McAdam and Eric Solomon set the table for a sacrifice fly to center by Chris Behan. Alec Acri came on in relief and pitched three scoreless picking up the save for the Prospects.
In game two, while the Prospects looked flat, the Whalers took advantage turning a hit-by-pitch, an error and a hit into a 2-0 lead in the middle of the first inning that would stand until the fifth. Chris Wasson then got it started with a single to left. After stealing a base, a base hit by McAdam set up first-and-third and it looked like the ‘Spects had something going. After two unproductive outs, Valeriano, hitting at the top of the order, came through with a single to score Wasson. When Delaney and Conry each found grass with clutch RBI knocks of their own, the Prospects had taken a 3-2 lead. Meanwhile, ’Spects starting pitcher Valeriano had settled into a nice groove dealing scoreless innings since the first. Donnelly led off the Prospects’ sixth with a base hit and Rodriguez crushed a long double to left center field driving in a much needed insurance run. The Whalers threatened in the last of the seventh when a hellacious bomb to left for a stand-up double by four-hitter McGowen and a miscommunication and misplay in center field brought North Atlantic to within a run, but Valeriano picked up two big strikeouts to lock up the complete game victory with just 79 pitches.