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STAMPEDE Tops Legends 3 - 1 in Opener / 5 - 0 Nightcap Win Vs. Hitmen

Jul. 2, 2016

With Dillon dialed in from his first pitch of the game, he was all business as he power-pitched Smithtown to a 3 -1 victory at Allen Park today.  His a 72 pitch, complete game effort, featured no walks and 5 strikeouts to make it even more impressive.  Dillon allowed a swinging bunt single and a roller through the right side for the only Legends' hits.

Dillon was on cruise-control through 5 innings for home team Smithtown, retiring 12 of 13 batters faced.  B6th, A STAMPEDE miscue and SAC bunt moved the Legends baserunner to 3rd with 1 out.  3B Frankie fielded a groundball out, and Dillon scored a big strikeout to end the frame.  Smithtown was fighting to keep a 1 - 0 lead at this point.  Having failed to score after Nick's 2 out double down the LF line in the 1st inning, a lone 2nd inning Smithtown run would open the scoring. 

B2nd with 1 out, Salvatore singled and stole 2nd.  The Legends got the 2nd out, but the 3rd proved elusive.  Rob hit a low, 3-hopper to the right of the 2B bag.  The Legends' 2B bobbled it at his feet and had no play at first base.  Salvatore, going full speed (with 2 outs) was waved around third on a gamble, as the second baseman kept his eyes down, focused on the ball.  Salvatore slid safely at the plate to beat the late throw. 1 - 0 Smithtown.

Anthony and Frankie each would single in the 3rd and 4th, respectively, but both would be stranded. Top 6th, the Legends were able to tie the game at 1.  A leadoff, swinging bunt single, followed by a hit and run roller through the right side had Legends' runners at 1st & 3rd.  A steal of 2nd followed.  With Smithtown's infield playing in, a bouncer up the middle was snared by SS Nick, who glanced home, but only had one play... at 1st base.  Dillon got the 3rd out on a 3 pitch effort to the next batter.  1 - 1 after 5 1/2.

Smithtown would strike again though, scoring 2 runs in the B6th.  Anthony led off with a walk to set the table.  With one out, Jeremy reached on an E2/catcher's interference call.  Josh sent an RBI single up the middle to score Anthony for a 2 - 1 lead.  Alec then added an insurance run, scoring Jeremy, with a smoked single down the LF line.  Dillon made the lead stand with a 1-2-3 7th inning, nailing down the Smithtown win.

In the nightcap, Smithtown squared off against the RBA Hitmen.  This time, Alec was on the mound for Smithtown, looking to turn on his own auto-pilot after Dillon worked his magic in game 1.  He did just that, giving up only 3 hits and walking one in his complete game, shutout effort.  Alec paired 7 strikeouts with 7 groundball outs, as his infield backed him superbly.  The Hitmen would not get a runner past first base in this game.

Smithtown would threaten immediately in the B1st.  Anthony roped a one out single, cut off in the LCF gap to start the STAMPEDE.  Nick worked a walk to put 2 on.  With 2 outs, Josh reached on an E6 to load the bases.  RBA wiggled out of trouble, as Alec flied out to RF.  A single by Jason in the 2nd would see him erased after he was tagged in a rundown on a fielder's choice.   The 3rd inning was the deciding one if you were keeping score.

With one out, Anthony walked and Nick singled to LF.  Josh walked to load the bases with 2 out.  Alec stroked a timely single to open the scoring with Anthony crossing the plate.  Salvatore hit a one-hop scorcher that glanced off the right cheek of the RBA 3rd baseman, into left field for an RBI.  RBA made a pitching change to face Jason.  Jason struck out, but bolted to first on the dropped 3rd strike.  Inexplicably, the RBA catcher stepped on the plate (only with loaded bases, 2 outs) and rolled the ball to the mound.  Smithtown runners were on the move, Jason hustled to 1B safely, and now the bases were loaded as RBA scambled to get the loose ball.  Rob roped a single to LF to make it 5 - 0, and Franklin followed with his own rip, well down the LF line.

Smithtown would not score again.  A single to RCF by Nick in the 4th was stifled by a 6-4-3 Hitman DP.  The only other STAMPEDE scoring chance was in the B6th.  Rob reached on a one out error and Franklin sent him to third on a double, again struck well down the LF line.   They were stranded, but with a 5 - 0 lead, Alec took the mound T7th with 3 outs to go.  Strikeout, popout, hit batter... blip on the screen.  A 6/4 groundout, Nick to Rob sealed the Smithtown victory.













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