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Furious Rally by STAMPEDE Falls Short; Edged 8-7 by Madison
Jul. 31, 2016
Today's playoff action saw Madison Baseball nick Salvatore for a 1st inning run on 2 singles and a fielder's choice. Home team Smithtown quickly jumped on Madison pitching to take a 3-1 lead B1st with Hit Man Anthony's hot bat lining a single to RF to get Smithtown going. Rob dropped a sneaky bunt on the third base line and was nipped at first base, moving Anthony into scoring position. Nick crushed a triple to the fence in right center, easily scoring Anthony to tie the game at 1 - 1. Big Red grounded an infield single to the SS hole to score Nick for the lead. Frankie then doubled to give Smithtown a 3-1 advantage.
Neither team would score in the second inning, but Madison did rally for 4 runs in the 3rd. Smithtown hurler, Salvatore, would have the first four Madison batters reach against him in the 3rd inning. Three hits and a walk had Frankie and Salvatore switch from 3B and the mound, respectively. Frankie retired the side in order at that point, but Smithtown now trailed 5-3 after 2 1/2.
Smithtown bats peppered the Madison pitcher, with his unheard of 165 pitch effort by day's end, solidly and regularly. Line drive after line drive... often right at Madison defenders. Franklin, Anthony, Rob, Nick, Red, Salvatore -- all hit well-struck liners that did not fall and failed to move runners. The Madison defense held tight as the STAMPEDE had runners on base in every inning but the 2nd.
Top 6th, Madison caught up to Frankie with three hits and 2 fielder's choice groundouts producing 3 runs. Madison now had a commanding 8-3 lead with Smithtown down to its final 3 outs. It got interesting soon after Anthony hammered a single to right center to lead off the B7th. Rob reached on an E5. A 2 RBI single by Red made it 8-5. Frankie worked a walk and Salvatore got robbed on a lineout to third base that the Madison 3B didn't know he had caught, first looking behind himself, then into his glove for his surprise. Josh smoked an RBI single up the middle to make it 8-6. Frankie was hustling from first to third base and an E8 errant throw trying to nab him allowed him to score, making it 8-7, with Josh taking second. Wes worked his count to 2 & 2 and hit a jam-shot bloop single, just off the skin between third base and shortstop. Josh was held at third base as the Madison shortstop quickly fielded the ball about fifteen feet onto the outfield grass. With 2 outs and needing a run to tie, Josh looked on from third base as a strikeout ended the Smithtown rally and doused their tournament hopes as they fell short by a run in the final frame.
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