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NJ Angels and Clippers Split Doubleheader

Jun 04 2017 ABCCL League News | Comments Off on NJ Angels and Clippers Split Doubleheader

By John Sorce

Freehold Township, NJ – It was a tale of two games for the NJ Angels offense against the Freehold Clippers at Michael J Tighe Park on Sunday. In the first game, they plated 14 runs on 17 hits en route to a 14-2 win. In the second game, the Clippers scored three runs in the first inning which propelled them to a 5-2 win.

“It was important to get off to a good start,” Angels Coach Justin Gerardo said, who was in charge for the day. “It was unfortunate that we had a delay last game that took away some of our momentum. Today we came out fighting, especially knowing this team won the League championship last year. To come in here and put together a solid all-around game speaks volumes to our preparation.”

Steve Weisensee (Clark, NJ/Misericordia University, PA) got the scoring underway for the Angels in the top of the first with a single. He stole second and ultimately scored on a sac fly to center by Ross Halkias (Kinnelon, NJ/Rutgers University-Newark).

In the third, Patrick Davis (New Providence, NJ/Dickson College, PA) led off with a walk and scored on a single by Luke Magliaro (County College of Morris, NJ). He scored on a single by Alex Cappitelli (Caldwell, NJ/Wesleyan University, CT), who later scored on a throwing error.

The Angels batted around in the fourth when Aidan Favia (Short Hills, NJ/Monmouth University, NJ) doubled to lead off the inning and scored on an error. Weisensee walked and scored on a single by Magliaro who, along with Halkias, also scored on a two-run single by Cappitelli.

“We saw that when we put the ball in play today, good things were happening for us,” Cappitelli said.

Favia singled and scored another run for the Angels in the sixth. And in the eighth, Drew Jansen (Short Hills, NJ/Lafayette College, PA) walked and scored on a single by Jon Iaione (Bernardsville, NJ/New York University). Weisensee drew another walk and scored on a throwing error, allowing Davis to reach base safely. Davis scored on a single by Julius Puryear (Union County College, NJ) and Iaione added another run on a sacrifice fly. In the ninth, Jansen walked and subsequently scored the final run of the game.

The Clippers tallied single runs in the fifth on a single by Alec Craig (Hammonton, NJ/Chestnut Hill College, PA) that plated Matt Guarino (Jackson, NJ/Widener University, PA) and in the sixth, when Craig scored on a fielder’s choice.

Pitcher, Brendan Ball

Angels’ starter Brendan Ball (Bernardsville, NJ/Lafayette College) threw seven one-run innings scattering four hits and striking out two.

“He was very efficient,” Gerrardo said. “Pounding the strike zone and forcing their hitters to swing the bats. He even had four put outs on his own. He generated a lot of weak contact and we made the plays.”

The Clippers were quick to turn the page as they opened game two with a three-run first inning. Craig led off with a single and advanced to second on a fielding error. Dan Iannacone (Parlin, NJ/Rutgers-Newark, NJ) followed with a single, putting runners at the corners with nobody out. Austin Lindsay (Allentown, NJ/The College of New Jersey) drove in Craig with a single, but was eliminated on a 6-4 fielder’s choice that plated Iannacone. This allowed Jacob Simon (Hightstown, NJ/The College of New Jersey) to reach base and he scored on a single by Steve Edelstein (Staten Island, NY/Stockton College, NJ).

“That first inning was key,” Clippers Head Coach Gerry Patrizio said. “We came out firing and put them down early. We wanted to be aggressive. We were much better than the first game, and that’s what you saw.”

In the second inning, Tyler Wisnewski (Toms River, NJ/Arcadia University, PA) walked and scored on a sacrifice fly by Anthony Vlahovic (New Hope, PA/Chestnut Hill College, PA). Eric Small (Downingtown, PA/Chestnut Hill College, PA) singled in the fourth and scored on a throwing error.

The Angels scored in each of the last three innings to make the game close. Cole Fratesi (Flemington, NJ/Centenary University, NJ) walked and scored in the fifth. Halkias also walked and scored in the sixth. Weisensee reached base and scored on two separate throwing errors in the seventh. But the team was unable to fully close the gap and fell, 5-2.

Freehold will look ahead to a Tuesday night matchup against Clemente Baseball Club at 5:45 pm at Sondek Park in Monmouth Junction, while the Angels will take on the North River Superstars at 5:45 pm at a location yet to be determined.