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Brown, Moschella Lead Clippers Past Superstars 3-0

Jul 01 2017 ABCCL League News | Comments Off on Brown, Moschella Lead Clippers Past Superstars 3-0

By: Matt Lamb

Freehold, NJ – The Freehold Clippers kicked off the month of July and the long Fourth of July weekend with a 3-0 victory over the North River Superstars on Saturday at Michael J. Tighe Park in Freehold.

Both teams combined for just 11 hits, but the Clippers were the ones to break a scoreless tie in the bottom of the sixth inning with a two-run single from John Moschella (Little Silver, NJ/ Tufts University, MA).  It was all starting pitcher Davis Brown (Sea Island, CA/ Amherst College, MA) needed, as he went for seven innings, allowing only four hits and striking out nine batters while walking none in an impressive effort.

“I was trying to keep the ball down today and throw first pitch strikes,” Brown said. “I wanted to battle with my fastball and keep the hitters off balance.”

The Superstars threatened several times at the start of the game but never were able to break the door open and take an early lead.  They had two baserunners on with two outs after a fielder’s choice and a Patrick Faughnan (Union, NJ/ Felician University, NJ) single, but a strikeout left the two on base. Two errors in the top of the third inning put Austin Arndt (Lebanon, NJ/Kean University, NJ) in scoring position, but another strikeout again left the Superstars empty at the plate.

The Clippers were equally frustrated at the plate early on by way of a strong effort by starting pitcher Carlos Benoit (Bronx, NY/ Lackawanna College, PA).  Benoit tossed 5.1 innings, allowing two hits and fanning three.  He also allowed two earned runs, but those runs were credited to him after he exited the game. The Clippers had the bases loaded in the bottom of the fifth, but Benoit and the Superstars got out of the jam with a 4-6-3 double play.

The turning point of this game was the bottom of the sixth inning.  A single from Dan Iannaconne (Rutgers University-Newark) advanced Jacob Simon (Hightstown, NJ/The College of New Jersey, NJ) to third base with no outs.  Three batters and two outs later Moschella came to the plate and knocked a single up the middle to bring home Simon and a charging Iannaconne who had stolen second base to put himself in scoring position.

A 1-2-3 seventh inning for Brown followed, which included two strikeouts. Tynan Mayer (East Windsor, NJ/Alvernia University, PA) came on in relief for a six-out save, allowing no base runners in the process.  The Clippers also added an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth inning on a ground ball double down the left field line by Austin Lindsay (Allentown, NJ/The College of New Jersey).  Lindsay and Faughnan were the only two players in the game to record multiple hits.

Brown noted the importance of the late hitting to the team win. “The late runs were big because a lot of the guys were battling early and it was nice to see them come through.  We just want to keep things rolling,” he added.

Each team will take part in a doubleheader on Sunday as the final games before the All-Star break.  The Clippers will take on the New Jersey Angels at 12:30 p.m. at Jannarone Park in Parsippany.  The Superstars will host the Jersey Aces at Bergen County Community College, with Game One starting at 12 noon.