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Smithtown Eliminated by Aviators in Semi
Jun. 19, 2016
The STAMPEDE team entered the final day of the Father's Day Tournament as the #1 seed with the field narrowed to 4 teams in the Semi-Final round. Very quickly, it was not to be their day, as the Aviators capitalized on every Smithtown mistake to win convincingly, 9 - 2. Frankie was on the mound for Smithtown and struggled with location, allowing 6 hits and 1 walk in 4 innings of work. Three errors behind him helped the Aviators score 5 runs in the first 3 innings.
Salvatore relieved in the 5th and a single, followed by a steal and wild pitch cost him a run on another jam-shot infield single. A fourth miscue would give the Aviators 2 more unearned runs in the 6th to make the score 8 - 2 in their favor. Salvatore lost his edge in the 7th, plunking 2 batters and allowing a double to conclude the scoring at 9 - 2.
Smithtown also had the Aviator starting pitcher on the ropes early. After a 1-2-3 1st inning, he immediately lost his way in the second. A double, 2 hit batters, and a walk signaled the end of his day with the call to the bullpen. Effective relief stymied the STAMPEDE bats, with only one run against. Smithtown picked up that lone run in the 6th when Alec reached on an E6 to start the inning. He scored on Wes' RBI single up the middle. At 2 for 3 with a walk and RBI, Wes was the constant spark in today's Smithtown lineup.
Smithtown's last two turns at bat, in the 6th and 7th, featured scoring chances that yielded no runs. In the 6th, Nick led off with a single to CF. Jeremy, up next, did the same. Two pop ups and a dribbler quickly ended the inning. With 2 out in the 7th, Rob flied to short CF and the ball kicked off the heel of the charging Aviator CF for a single. Wes roped another single. The 3rd out followed to end the STAMPEDE tournament hopes after a sub-par effort.
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