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Monarchs and Matrix Trade Wins in Doubleheader Split

Jun 13 2017 ABCCL League News | Comments Off on Monarchs and Matrix Trade Wins in Doubleheader Split

North Brunswick, NJ – The Monmouth Monarchs and New Brunswick Matrix each grabbed one end of a doubleheader on Tuesday, the Monarchs capturing the first game in an 11-8 slugfest. In the nightcap, the Matrix prevailed in a come-from-behind 5-4 thriller.

Game 1

The Monarchs jumped out to a quick lead in the top of the first inning when Isaiah Hall (Burlington Township, NJ/Lincoln University, PA) reached on an error before a second error advanced him to third. An RBI single from Frank Bilancio (Chesterfield, NJ/St. Edwards University, TX) produced the game’s first score.

In the second Dave Angstadt (Glen Allen, VA/The College of William & Mary, VA) drove a homerun over the centerfield fence in creasing the Monarchs’ lead to 2-0. But the Matrix responded in their half of the inning, scoring three runs on three singles and a pair of costly Monarchs errors. They added another run in the following inning on a Monarchs miscue and two singles.

Trailing 4-2, the Monarchs got one run back in the fourth inning on a long homerun from Joe Rotelli ((Morganville, NJ/Dominican College, NY), but the big damage was to come an inning later. In the visitor’s fifth, Tyler Coppo (Fitzwilliam, NH/University of Hartford, CT) and A.J. Arias (East Brunswick, NJ/Mercer Community College, NJ) singled to open the frame. A single by Seth Ziegler (Red Bank, NJ/The College of New Jersey, NJ) drove in Coppo and a double from Cid Porter (Lincroft, NJ/Catholic University, DC) chased Arias home. Another double, this one by Luke Hoyl (Dallas, TX/St. Edwards University, TX), scored both Zeigler and Porter. Hall followed with a single making it six straight batters to reach base. After a ground out, Bilancio stroked an RBI single to left, plating Hall and Isaiah Lewis (Willingboro, NJ/Erskine College, SC) joined the hit parade by lining a double to center that scored Bilancio. With two outs, Lewis swiped third base and came home on an error. When the side was finally retired the Monarchs had scored eight runs and retaken the lead, 10-4.

But the Matrix were still to be heard from and they battled back with 3 runs in the sixth and another in the seventh and final inning before the Monarchs could claim the 11-8 win.

Game 2

After both teams went down quietly in the first inning, the Monarchs got on the board in the second when Angstadt singled to center and came home on a double by Nick Camilleri (Hasbrouck Heights, NJ/Southern New Hampshire University, NH).

In the third, the Matrix tied things up at 1-1 on a single, defensive indifference play and a Monarchs infield error.

The Monarchs took a 4-1 lead an inning later on a double by Hoyl, a walk to Hall and a 2-RBI double by Rotelli. A sac fly by Bilancio added the final run of the inning.

In the top of the fifth the Matrix bounced right back, knotting the score at 4-4 on three singles and a Monarchs error.

The Matrix produced the deciding run of the game in the sixth inning on a double and RBI single and the Monarchs were unable to mount a serious threat in their last two at-bats, cementing the 5-4 Matrix victory.