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No Bed of Roses for Garden City
North Bellmore, NY – The North Bellmore North Merrick Rebels swept the Garden City Athletics in a double-header by the convincing margins of 11-1 and 12-2 Sunday at Gunther Field. The victories move the Rebels’ record in NJBL Spring to 9-0 and keep them at the top of the American 12/75 Division.
The A’s shot out of the starting block in game one with a deep home run to left-center field from their lead-off man. But NBNM starting pitcher Jack Delaney got some assistance from his defense with the nice snag of a line drive in left field by Billy McAdam and a crisp 3-3-6 double-play between Brian Porricelli at first base and Kevin McCleneghan at shortstop to minimize damage. The Rebels offense charged back in their half of the first. In an inning that included a walk for Delaney, singles by Matt Conry and Alec Acri, a double by Porricelli, and a career-first home run by McAdam, NBNM took a 5-1 lead. After the A’s went quietly in the second, the Rebels tacked on another in the bottom when Acri stroked a big fly over the center field fence. Delaney helped himself by thwarting a scoring threat with a spectacular defensive play in the A’s third when he grabbed a hot-shot come-backer, and in one motion spun and fired home where Nick Valeriano applied the tag to the Garden City baserunner who’d broken from third base. The Rebels offense stayed relentless scoring two more in the bottom of third after Michael Proios reached on an error, McAdam singled in Proios, and Kevin McCleneghan grounded to shortstop to plate McAdam. The Rebels invoked the run-rule in the fifth inning when hits from Eric Solomon, McCleneghan, Delaney, Conry, and Acri contributed to two more runs for the Rebels.
As the visiting team in game two, NBNM got things going with a lead-off double by Delaney and a RBI-single by Valeriano. The A’s kept pace in their frame by way of a single and a sacrifice fly to tie. When Garden City took a 2-1 lead with a walk and hit in the second inning, the Rebels responded with a vengeance in the third. After a walk to Delaney, Conry beat out a bunt, Acri singled, Proios walked, Solomon singled, McCleneghan singled, Matt Coster ripped a double down the left field line, Conry doubled over the head of the A’s right fielder, Acri doubled into the left-center gap and the Rebels had amassed a 10-2 lead. NBNM added two more when McAdam scored on a ground-out by Solomon in the fourth and Acri scored on a ground-out by Proios in the sixth.
Game one boxscore and details
Game two boxscore and details
Next up for the Rebels is a Mothers Day match-up with the Hicksville Hurricanes this Sunday May 13 1:00pm at Gunther Field.
Yankees Go Home with 2 Losses to Rebels
North Bellmore, NY – With a revision of Civil War history, the NBNM Rebels soundly defeated the Bayside Yankees in a pair of battles on Sunday, 10-0 and 8-1. The wins extend the Rebels’ record in NJBL Spring league play to 7-0.
After both teams failed to score through two innings in game one, the Rebels opened things up in their half of the third when hits by Kevin McCleneghan, Jack Delaney, Alec Acri, Brian Porricelli and Nick Valeriano contributed to a 6-run outburst. After Rebels’ pitcher Nick Valeriano dispatched the Yanks quickly in the top of the fourth, the Rebels threw up another crooked number on singles by Delaney, Matt Conry, Acri, and Michael Proios to extend the lead to 9-0. After the Rebels tacked on another run in the fifth inning, closer Delaney needed just 8 pitches to sit down Bayside in the sixth.
The Rebels took an early lead in game two when, after Conry reached on an error, base hits by Porricelli and Valeriano led to a 1-0 score. NBNM struck twice more in inning two when a single by McCleneghan, a double by Delaney and a base knock from Conry extended the lead to 3-0. The Yankees managed an unearned run in their half of the second when an error, a walk, a wild pitch and a fielder’s choice plated one. The Rebels responded when Porricelli and Valeriano reached with base hits and were driven in with a ground-out by Proios and a squeeze bunt by Billy McAdam for a 5-1 lead. NBNM pitcher Proios performed well and reliever McCleneghan threw three innings of shut-out ball including assistance from his defense with a sharp 6-4-3 double play in the fifth to get out of a jam. Proios delivered a single followed by an error and a double by Eric Solomon in the sixth that led to 3 more Rebels runs while Bayside failed to score in their frame.
Game 1 boxscore and details
Game 2 boxscore and details
The Rebels return next Sunday May 6 11:00am to face the Garden City A’s at Gunther Field.
Rebels Tame Greendogs
Farmingdale, NY – The NBNM Rebels defeated the Farmingdale Greendogs, 7-3, at Farmingdale today. Game 2 of the scheduled double-header was postponed due to rain.
Rebels’ starting pitcher Brian Porricelli provided three dominant shut-out innings and 9 strikeouts allowing just one baserunner on a walk in his day’s work. RBI singles from Billy McAdam, Eric Solomon and Matt Conry gave NBNM a 3-0 lead after three. The Greendogs worked an error, a couple of walks and a basehit in the fourth into 3 runs to tie the game. As they so often do, the Rebels responded in the next half-inning when Alec Acri delivered a 2-out single to left field to drive in Matt Nilsen and Kevin McCleneghan and retake the lead. Relief pitcher Michael Proios kept Farmingdale off the board the rest of the way picking up the win while the Rebels tacked on two more runs in the sixth.
As the steady rain increased, the umpires decided to postpone the second game.
The Rebels continue their run at the NJBL Spring title when they face the Bayside Yankees in a double-header next Sunday April 29 11:00am at Gunther Field.
Rebels Fly Past Cardinals
North Bellmore, NY – The Rebels swept another double-header yesterday beating the Ronkonkoma Cardinals 13-1 and 8-3 at Gunther Field.
The Rebels dominated game one in every category. The NBNM defense had a relatively easy time behind outstanding pitching. Starter Brian Porricelli struck out 7 of the 11 batters he faced. While he was touched up for a solo HR in the second inning, that was the only hit the Cardinals could manage. Meanwhile, as the weather heated up, so did the Rebels bats. As they so often do, the Rebels responded immediately to their opponent’s score, plating 4 runs in the bottom of the second. On the way to outhitting Rononkoma 10-1, the Rebels pushed across 4 more in the third and 5 in the fourth for the run-rule victory. Porricelli helped himself in the third inning with a 3-run bomb and Mike Proios preserved the one-hitter in an inning of relief.
Game two was over early when the Rebels jumped out to a 6-0 lead by the middle of the first inning. After Matt Conry reached on an infield hit, and a walk to Alec Acri, Porricelli crushed another 3-run homerun. That was followed by RBI singles from Billy McAdam, Eric Solomon and Matt Nilsen. The defense rolled a pretty 6-4-3 double-play in the bottom half behind starting pitcher Nick Valeriano who blanked the Cards for three innings. Ronkonkoma scratched out a run in each of innings 4, 5 and 6 but, with NBNM tacking on 2 more of its own, it was too little, too late.
It was a day of solid perfomance from the Rebels, particularly with the bats. NBNM managed 23 hits from 9 different players including Matt Conry (5-for-7, double, 1 RBI, 3 R), Porricelli (3-for-3, double, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 4 R), Billy McAdam (3-for-5, 2 RBI, 2 R), Matt Coster (3-for-6, 3 RBI, 1 R), and Jack Delaney (3-for-7, 2 RBI, 1 R).
Game 1 boxscore and details
Game 2 boxscore and details
The Rebels return to the diamond next Sunday April 22 against the Farmingdale Greendogs at Woodward Parkway Elementary School in Farmingdale.
Congratulations to Alec Acri, Matt Conry, Matt Coster, Jack Delaney, Matt Nilsen, Brian Porricelli, Eric Solomon, and Nick Valeriano on making the Grand Avenue Middle School team! All eight 7th-grade Rebels who tried out were successful. We are very proud of you all and we look forward to your bringing Rebels pride to the Grand diamond and cheering you on this Spring as you represent your school!