STAMPEDE Sweeps Pirates in Thriller, No-Doubter
Oct. 13, 2012
Smithtown's doubleheader makeup was on last night at Diamond in the Pines as the October chiller became a game one thriller with Frankie heating up some fastballs versus the Mastic Pirates in what was a sure-fire pitcher's duel. The hard fought, 2 - 1 victory for Game 1 home team Smithtown, tallied only 6 hits (Smithtown 4, Mastic 2) between the two clubs. Frankie (3.2 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 5 SO, 45 NP) was near masterful after allowing a single to the game's first batter. He went on to retire the next ten batters in a row before being relieved by Nick in the 4th following a 2 out walk.
The Pirates' lefty was equally effective over the first 3 innings, but not without a strong defensive effort behind him. Nick the Stick hit 2 long drives, one to LF one to CF, that were both run down for outs. Same for Elliott's smash to RF and Jason's to CF. Smithtown broke through in the 4th as Salvatore's (1-2, R, BB) drive to left center split the Mastic outfielders. Salvatore swiped second, then held on Frankie's laser out to CF. Ricky's (1-3, R) sharp single to LF had Salvatore stopping at third base. After a steal of second by Ricky, the night's clutch hit came from Meat,Team STAMPEDE's next batter.
Digging in, Meat (1-3, 2RBI) smoked a 2 / 1 fastball to the gap in RC scoring Salvatore and Ricky for the team's only 2 runs of the game. Smithtown would threaten in the 5th after 2 outs, loading the bases on Nick the Stick's (1-3) single to RC, his steals of 2nd and 3rd, then walks to Salvatore and Frankie... but, Ricky skied to LF for the final out. Bottom 6th saw Smithtown go down 1-2-3, so the pitching and defense was left to protect their lead from the 4th inning on.
Nick the Stick relieved Frankie with 2 out in the 4th and nailed down a strikeout for the final out, starnding an inherited runner on 1B. Trying to protect a 2 - 0 lead in the 5th, Nick allowed a single that sneaked by Frankie (now at SS) up the middle to start the inning. A walk, and a DP groundball followed. The grounder yielded no outs, and allowed an unearned run to score as the ball went through the infield into right center. Nick got the next 3 outs in succession, but the damage was done. 2 - 1 Smithtown after 5.
In Mastic's 6th, they were able to load the bases on a single and 2 walks, but RF Jason stepped up to make two two catches coming in, and 2B Brian fielded the final groundout. For the 7th inning, Smithtown turned to Matt the Bat's arm for the save. Matt got a key strikeout looking, then turned it over to Nick, now at SS, to end it. Fielding a grounder in the hole and one right at him, the 2nd and 3rd outs sealed the victory and the save for Matt's sharp relief outing.
Game 2 had Salvatore on tap for Smithtown's mound offering, but a change was quickly put in place to have Scatch step in when the STAMPEDE jumped out in front of Mastic with a 13 run first inning bombardment before the Pirates came to bat. Smithtown sent 18 batters to the plate and scored 9 runs before an out was recorded. Hit after hit rained down on the Pirates with 9 of 11 Smithtown batters "joining the party" during the three inning contest as far as baseball lingo goes.
Scatch was solid on the mound, throwing 2 innings of consistent strikes while allowing 3 hits and one run. Smithown hammered out the hits as they rallied for 9 more runs in the 2nd, pretty much going station-to-station and keeping the line moving. Smithtown added two more in the top of the 3rd as the Mastic infield came up big, making 2 stellar plays to earn force-outs at 2nd base with the Stick and Salvatore batting. Elliott then lined a shot to SS that was snared for the inning-ender. 24 - 1 after 2 1/2.
Brian made his pitching debut for Smithtown in the bottom 3rd inning. Jason. now at SS, grabbed a hot liner on his backhand for the 1st out. Scatch fielded a pop out at 2B, and Matt the Bat in CF ran down the game's last out.
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