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Down Early, STAMPEDE Rallies to Run-Rule Legends

Jul. 4, 2016

The Smithtown STAMPEDE fell behind in today's semi-final game by 4 runs before coming to bat.  Five 1st inning hits, 3 for extra bases, were compounded by a misread ball in LF and an overthrown relay.  Smithtown, with Josh (5 IP, 5 H, 4 SO, 0 BB, 2 ER) on the mound, did not waver again after the Legend lead was in place.  Josh retired the next 6 batters as his offense began to chip away at the Legend hurler, who also was a bit shaky in the 1st, plunking Salvatore in the back to get Smithtown's attention.

Big Red and Anthony both reached on Legends' errors in the second inning.  Jason's 2 out single scored Big Red and Anthony went to 3rd.  Jay stole second and Anthony broke for home to complete the double-steal on the throw-through.  4 - 2 Legends after 2 inn.  Smithtown came out flying B3rd. Salvatore singled to LF, and the bunt and run was on with Wesley.  the SAC and (E1) errant throw saw Salvatore hustle to third base.  Nick walloped a triple to the RCF fence to tie the game at 4 all.  Big Red sent a single up the middle to make it 5 - 4, Smithtown.  Anthony singled to drive in Big Red to make it 6 - 4.

Top 4th, a Smithtown error and hit batter had 2 runners on.  Josh worked a pickoff at second, timed perfectly with SS Nick.  1B Jason notched an unassisted DP on a popup with the runner running to end the top of the 4th inning.  Smithtown went back to their dugout and their offense quickly poured it on.   Rob was plunked and stole 2nd.  Wes singled and took second on an E7 as Rob scored.  Nick whistled a liner to CF to score Wes and the big blow followed from Big Red (2-3, BB, 3 RBI).  A 2 run jack to LCF that was 40 feet up and into the trees, well beyond the 325' fence.  Hits by Gonzo and Anthony, a double by Josh, and crazy-bounce triple to CF by Jason (2-2, 3B, HBP, 2 RBI) helped build the STAMPEDE lead to 12 - 4.

Smithtown fired up again in the B5th.  Rob lined a singled to RF and Salvatore did the same into LCF.  Nick (3-4, 3B, 4 RBI) launched a mile-high fly to CF that was lost in the sun for his 3rd hit and 4th RBI of the game.  Big Red walked, and Gonzo (2-4, 2B, 2 RBI) delivered the final blow.  A 2 run double, deep to CF to make the final score 15 to 4, Smithtown.









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