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Offense Carries Clippers to Doubleheader Sweep of Angels

Jul 02 2017 ABCCL League News | Comments Off on Offense Carries Clippers to Doubleheader Sweep of Angels

By: Matt Lamb

Parsippany, NJ – The Freehold Clippers brought their “A games” to Jannarone Park in Parsippany on Sunday displaying solid pitching and fielding plus a steady offense, and it proved to be a winning formula in both games against the New Jersey Angels, 3-2 and 8-1. It marks the fourth and fifth consecutive victories for the Clippers (15-6), who needed a late rally in the seventh inning of Game One to come from behind and grab a one-run win. They saw all aspects of their game clicking in the Game Two victory over the Angels (5-12).

Steve Edelstein (front) and Tyler Wisniewski round the bases for the Clippers on Jeff Goldrosen’s three-run double in the bottom of the fourth inning of Game Two versus the New Jersey Angels at Jannarone Park in Parsippany.

Game One

The first contest was seemingly all Angels for the majority to the game. The two teams had eight hits combined all game, but the Angels held the Clippers to just one hit over the first six innings.  That was a result of an impressive outing on the mound from Zack Frederick (Montville, NJ/ Wilmington University, DE).  Over the first six innings, he did not allow a run and just the one hit, to go with six strikeouts and only two walks.

The Angels grabbed a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning.  Kyle Oliver (Bernardsville, NJ/ Sacred Heart University, CT) singled and Patrick Davis (New Providence, NJ/ Dickinson College, PA) walked to lead off the inning.  They each advanced on a passed ball to put runners in scoring position with one out, and then Oliver scored after a wild pitch to give the Angels a 1-0 lead.  An RBI single from Julius Puryeat (West Orange, NJ/ Bergen County Community College, NJ) brought home Davis, who had advanced to third on the wild pitch to make the game 2-0.

Frederick continued to roll through the Freehold lineup, baffling hitters and leaving the offense with no life for most of the game. But the Clippers remained in the hunt. “We never give up, and we keep battling until the game’s end,” said Jeff Goldrosen (Manalapan, NJ/ Bard College, NY).

The game’s turning point came in the bottom of the seventh inning.  Three consecutive singles loaded up the bases for the Clippers with no outs. Steve Edelstein (Staten Island, NY/ Stockton University, NJ) lifted a sacrifice fly to center field to bring in the first Clippers run.  A single from Teddy Gonzalez (Brick, NJ/ Arcadia University, PA) scored Austin Lindsay (Allentown, NJ/ The College of New Jersey) to tie the game at 2-2 with just one out.  A hit-by-pitch loaded up the bases again for the Clippers, and Taylor Reynolds (Jackson, NJ/ Neumann University, PA) drew a bases-loaded walk on a full count to allow the winning run to score.

The Clippers left the bases loaded in the inning, but a 1-2-3 bottom of the seventh proved that the extra run was enough for the win. “Give credit to their pitcher who threw a great game, but we have a saying and it’s ‘don’t blink’ because the Clippers are never out of a game,” said Head Coach Gerry Patrizio. “Taylor Reynolds seems to come up in spots where he has the go-ahead RBI in his sights and he comes through every time.”

Game Two

The Clippers’ offense produced much more steadily in the win in Game Two. They got right to work in the bottom of the second inning. A sacrifice fly from Goldrosen scored John Moschella (Little Silver, NJ/ Tufts University, MA) to bring in the game’s first run.  With Gonzalez at first and Edelstein on second with two outs, a throwing error past second base on a stolen base attempt allowed Edelstein to score and Gonzalez to go from first to third.

The Angels grabbed their only run in the top of the third inning. An RBI single from Oliver scored Luke Bowerbank (Bernardsville, NJ/ Rutgers University-New Brunswick) to cut the lead to 2-1, but the Angels would never get any closer.

Goldrosen smacked a double to deep center field with the bases loaded in the bottom of the fourth inning, allowing all baserunners to score and give the Clippers a 5-1 edge. “We came out hot early and were swinging the bats well. Our pitching always gets the job done and it’s good to be able to count on the arms for a good outing,” he said.

An RBI triple from Dylan Evans (Brick, NJ/ LaSalle University, PA) – his second triple of the game – as well as an RBI double from Lindsay gave the Clippers a 7-1 lead in the bottom of the fifth, They padded the lead with an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth, as Goldrosen scored on a double to left field from Shane Keledy (Hamilton, NJ/ Mercer County Community College, NJ).

With no ABCCL league games scheduled until Sunday, July 9, Patrizio and Goldrosen plan to enjoy the week off, which includes the Fourth of July and the ABCCL Captain Ryan K. Iannelli All Star Game and Showcase. “We have 7 or 8 Clippers in the game and I get to manage the Larry Doby all-star team so it’s a pretty cool experience for me,” said Patrizio. “I was there twice as a player and it’s a really terrific experience for the players, parents and coaches to go out and have a good time. It’s also nice that our players will get a bit of a rest after a crazy week.”

“I’ll be enjoying myself with the week off, and then we’ll all be back and ready to get some wins. We have momentum going and look to keep things rolling,” Goldrosen added.

The All Star event will begin at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 5 at First Energy Park in Lakewood with a talent showcase. The game itself is slated for a 6:15 p.m. start. The two teams will get back to league action on Sunday, July 9 with doubleheaders. The Angels will play against the Jersey Aces at Owens Park in Williamstown, starting at 11 a.m.  The Clippers will look to keep their winning streak alive when they face the New Brunswick Matrix at Michael J. Tighe Park in Freehold, starting at 10 a.m.