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Walk-Off by Hoyl Leads to 9-8 Monarchs Victory

Jun 01 2017 ABCCL League News | Comments Off on Walk-Off by Hoyl Leads to 9-8 Monarchs Victory

By Kaitlin Hueston

Holmdel, NJ – Tensions were high going into the seventh inning at St. John Vianney High School on Thursday night, with the North River Superstars and the Monmouth Monarchs tied 8-8. Both teams battled furiously to gain control for seven innings in the high-scoring affair, however, the Superstars were edged out after a walk-off, line-drive single from Luke Hoyl (Dallas, TX/Saint Edward’s University, TX). The winning hit came at the expense of the Superstars’ relief pitcher Rob Greco (Franklin Lakes, NJ/Presbyterian College, SC).

North River took an early lead in the game, scoring one in the top of the first inning when Nathaniel Cruz (Staten Island, NY/Kingsborough Community College, NY) singled to left field with two outs, knocking in Brendan Munoz, (Millstone, NJ/Ursinus College, NY) who had reached base after being hit by a pitch. However, Monmouth answered back in their half of the inning with two runs of their own. Isaiah Lewis (Willingboro, NJ/Erskine College, SC) singled, followed by back-to-back doubles from Joseph Rotelli (Morganville, NJ/Dominican College, NY) and Frank Bilancio (Chesterfield, NJ/Saint Edward’s University, TX).

A leadoff walk followed by two straight hit batters loaded the bases to start off an explosive 4-run second inning for the Superstars. A deep double to center field would score two, followed by an error that allowed two more runners to reach home plate, putting North River up 5-2.

The Monarchs added one run of their own in the bottom of the second when Isaiah Hall (Burlington Township, NJ/Lincoln University, PA) singled, scoring Seth Zeigler, (Red Bank, NJ/The College of New Jersey) who had reached base on a leadoff double. In the third, a lead off walk to Lewis, followed by a steal of second and an infield error put Lewis at third. From there, a sacrifice fly by Rotelli put the Monarchs within one run , at 5-4.  But the Superstars responded immediately, helped by two consecutive walks, a stolen base, and a ground out, giving the team from North River some breathing room and a 6-4 lead at the end of the visitors 4th inning. But the margin was not safe by a long shot.

In the bottom of the fourth the Monarchs retook the lead 7-6, scoring three runs on RBI singles from Hoyl, Rotelli and Nicholas Camilleri (Hasbrouck Heights, NJ/Southern New Hampshire University, NH). The narrow lead held until the home 6th inning when a walk to Rotelli and an RBI double from Bilancio increased the Monarchs advantage to 8-6.

Heading into the 7th, the Monarchs were unable to close out the determined Superstars who narrowed the gap to 8-7 after a hit batter, a walk and an RBI single. North River then tied the contest at 8-8 on a passed ball, the runner narrowly evading the tag at the plate. With darkness threatening to halt the game, the Monarchs made short work of the action in their half of the inning, when with one out Cole Hardy (Middletown, NJ/Brookdale Community College, NJ) singled and promptly stole second base. Hardy advanced to third on a ground out, bringing up Hoyl in a clutch 2-out spot. He did not disappoint, roping a single to left field to bring the hard-fought game to an abrupt end, 9-8.

Bilancio, Camilleri and Hoyl each collected two hits on the day for the Monarchs. Greco led the Superstars with his base stealing heroics, accounting for three out of the team’s seven swipes in the game.

Both teams will play in a doubleheader this coming Sunday. The Superstars will look to win the next one when they take on the Jersey Aces at 10 a.m. with a field location to be determined, while the Monarchs will face the Ocean Giants at St. John Vianney High School, also with a start time of 10 a.m.