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Matrix Rally in the Seventh Inning to Stop Monarchs

Jun 15 2017 ABCCL League News | Comments Off on Matrix Rally in the Seventh Inning to Stop Monarchs

By Emily Winter

Holmdel, NJ – Don’t count out the New Brunswick Matrix squad, even when only ten players show up. The Matrix defeated the Monmouth Monarchs, 8-5, in a nail-biting seven-inning battle Thursday night at St. John Vianney High School.

Prior to the first pitch, Matrix Coach, Glenn Fredricks, was nervous about his team’s performance because of a lack of players.  Fredricks stated, “I’m very disappointed in the turnout tonight. I hoping we’ll be competitive given our lack of bench strength.”

The Monarchs started strong, when in his first at bat, Luke Hoyl (Dallas, TX/ St. Edward’s University, TX) singled on a line drive to right field, but suffered a severe leg cramp on his way to first and had to be replaced.  Seth Ziegler (Red Bank, NJ/ The College of New Jersey/NJ) came on for Hoyl and scored on Joseph Rotelli’s (Morganville, NJ/Dominican College, NJ) homerun to left field, producing a quick 2-0 lead.

Matrix starter Zach Marzano (Edison, NJ/ East Stroudsburg University, PA) and his team’s defense ended the second inning swiftly with a ground out and two fly outs.

The score remained 2-0 until the top of the third when Dave Cardona (Elizabeth, NJ/ The College of New Jersey, NJ) got the ball rolling for the Matrix with an infield single to the shortstop hole.  The next batter, Danny Valerio (Tinton Falls, NJ/ Southeastern University, FL), doubled to right field putting Cardona in scoring position and bringing up Marzano who grounded out to shortstop, Cardona scoring on the fielder’s choice. With two outs and Matt Leviton (South River, NJ/ Utica College, NY) at bat, Valerio was also able to score on a passed ball to tie the score at 2.

The Monarchs answered back with three runs of their own in the bottom of the fourth. Tyler Coppo (Fitzwilliam, NH/University of Hartford, CT) roped an RBI triple, scoring Isaiah Hall (Burlington Township, NJ/ Lincoln University, PA) who had doubled, Frank Bilancio (Chesterfield, NJ/ Saint Edward’s University, TX) and David Angstadt (Glen Allen, VA/ The College of William and Mary, VA), both of whom had reached via walk, making it 5-2.

It wasn’t until the top of the sixth that either team saw any renewed hitting action. Marzano started off the inning with a ground single followed by a walk to Leviton that advanced Marzano to second. Greg Sampson (East Brunswick, NJ/ Rutgers U-Newark, NJ) singled to left field driving in Marzano and moving Leviton to third.  Continuing to fight, an infield single from the Matrix’s Alex Slawinski (Carteret, NJ/ St. Peter’s University, NJ) scored Leviton, narrowing the gap to 5-4.

Clinging to their one-run lead, the Monarchs got two quick outs in the top of the seventh inning before their relief pitching and defense imploded. Marzano drew a walk and moved to second on a single by Leviton. The next batter, Sampson, stroked a line drive to left that was misplayed, the error (the Monarchs third of the game) allowing both Marzano and Leviton to score, with Sampson reaching second on the play. A hit-by-pitch put Alex Siawinski (Carteret, NJ/St. Peters University, NJ) on first and brought Anthony Perconte (Westfield, NJ/Rutgers University-Newark, NJ) to the plate. After a wild pitch advanced both runners into scoring position, Perconte slammed a double to right driving in two more runs. The Matrix’s determined comeback had boosted the team into an 8-5 lead before the inning finally came to an end.

The Monarchs could only muster a walk to Angstadt and a single by Coppo in their half of the seventh, sending the team home to a painful defeat.

Both teams will play Sunday doubleheaders on June 18. The Matrix will try to extend their winning ways as they take on the Jersey Aces at Piscataway Tech at 10 AM, while the Monarchs face the Freehold Clippers at Michael J. Tighe Park with a start time of 10 AM.