Monarchs Final Comeback Grounds the Angels 5-4

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Holmdel, NJ – On Thursday night at St. John Vianney High School, the Monmouth Monarchs and NJ Angels battled it out for nine innings before the Monarchs pulled out a well-earned win.

The Angels made an early statement in the top of the second inning when Ross Halkias (Kinnelon, NJ/Rutgers-Newark University, NJ) drove a line drive single to center field.  Kyle Oliver’s (Bernardsville, NJ/Sacred Heart University, CT) infield grounder was misplayed for an error, moving Halkias to third. A botched pick-off attempt allowed Halkias to score the game’s first run and long fly ball allowed Oliver to reach third after tagging up. From there a line single to center produced the inning’s second run and a 2-0 Angels lead.

With pitcher, Max Matilsky (Bernardsville, NJ/ Dickinson College, PA) throwing strikes and the team’s solid defense, the Angels made quick work of the Monarchs in the home second on a strikeout, ground out and harmless fly ball.

In the top of the fourth, the Angels added to their lead when Oliver walked , moved to second on a ground out and scored after another infield error. But the 3-0 lead was not safe.

Luke Hoyl (Dallas, TX/ St. Edward’s University, TX) got the ball rolling for the Monarchs in the bottom of the fourth, singling to center and promptly stealing second. Cole Hardy (Middletown, NJ/Brookdale Community College, NJ) followed with a single to left, moving Hoyl to third. Another single by Joseph Rotelli’s (Morganville, NJ/Dominican College, NJ) produced the Monarchs first run and pushed Hardy into scoring position at second.  After a fielders choice on Frank Bilancio’s (Chesterfield, NJ/ Saint Edward’s University, TX) grounder erased Hardy, David Angstadt (Glen Allen, VA/ The College of William and Mary, VA) doubled to left field driving in Rotelli and moving Bilancio to third. Following a strikeout, Tyler Coppo (Fitzwilliam, NH/University of Hartford, CT) drove a clutch RBI single through the left side of the infield, scoring Bilancio and knotting the game at 3-3. Angstadt also tried to score on the play but was cut down at the plate, ending the fourth.

In the top of the sixth the Angels briefly regained the lead when Halkias drew a leadoff walk. A double and grounder made the score 4-3 in favor of the Angels.

In the home seventh the Monarchs bounced back when Bilancio singled and Angstadt walked to open the frame. After one out had been recorded, Coppo once again came through with a double to left, plating Bilancio.

Tied at 4-4 the Monarchs had one more comeback in them, this time with two outs in the bottom of the eighth. Luke Hoyl was the spark, reaching base on an infield error and stealing both second and third base. With the go-ahead run just 90 feet away, Hardy slashed a ground single to left easily scoring Hoyl.

With one more chance to tie or retake the lead in the visitors half of the ninth inning, the Angels were unable to capitalize on two walks, ending the exciting contest on a ground out back to Monarchs relief pitcher, Alexis Calderon (Bethlem, PA/Manhattan College, NY).

Hoping to use their 5-4 victory as a launching point for a win streak, the Monmouth Monarchs will play a doubleheader against Clemente Baseball Club on  June 11, at 10 AM at St. John Vianney HS. The NJ Angels will also play two versus the Jersey Aces, June 11, beginning at 12:30 PM at Smith Field.