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Larry Doby All-Stars Win Annual ABCCL Capt. Ryan K. Iannelli All-Star Game 5-1

Jul 05 2017 ABCCL League News | Comments Off on Larry Doby All-Stars Win Annual ABCCL Capt. Ryan K. Iannelli All-Star Game 5-1

By John Sorce

Lakewood, NJ – The Larry Doby All-Stars won a tightly contested ball game with the Yogi Berra All-Stars by a score of 5-1 in the ABCCL’s Annual Capt. Ryan K. Iannelli All-Star Game at FirstEnergy Park on Tuesday night.

Chris Roan (left) and Joe Rotelli received game MVP Awards for their efforts on behalf of the Larry Doby and Yogi Berra All-Star teams respectively. The honorees were determined by a vote of Major League Baseball scouts attending the ABCCL’s annual All-Star contest and talent showcase.

The Berra team threatened in the top of the first inning when, after two were out, Dan Valerio (Tinton Falls, NJ/Southeastern University, FL) walked and Joe Rotelli (Morganville, NJ/Dominican College, NY) followed with a double to put runners on second and third.  However, a lineout to first base brought the inning to a close.

The Larry Doby All-Stars got on the board in the bottom of the second when Evan Pietronico (Matawan, NJ/New Jersey Institute of Technology) led off with a walk.  He stole second and advanced to third on a throwing error by the catcher and scored on a sacrifice fly to left by Kyle Walker (Piscataway, NJ/Rutgers University-New Brunswick, NJ), giving them a 1-0 lead.

With the pitchers on both sides dominating, the score remained 1-0 until the bottom of the eighth inning when the Doby squad again broke through. Giovanni Torres (Harrisburg, PA/Lackawanna College, PA) led off with a single to the shortstop hole.  He advanced to second on a single by Andrew Holmes (Egg Harbor Township, NJ/Bloomsburg University, PA) and third on a walk to Chris Roan (Woodbury, NJ/Rowan College at Gloucester County, NJ) that loaded the bases.  Another walk issued to Moses Vigo (Ewing, NJ/Delaware State University) forced in Torres and Holmes scored on a fielder’s choice 6-5 double play that eliminated the runners going to second and third, but the Larry Doby All-Stars had a 3-0 lead.

The Berra All-Stars only score came in the top of the ninth. Robert Carmody (Canton, MA/University of Hartford, CT) singled with two out and advanced to second on a passed ball. He scored as Austin Chaszar (Bordentown, NJ/Keystone College, PA) reached on a fielding error, briefly cutting the deficit to 3-1.

Playing with modified rules to give all pitchers the opportunity to pitch one full inning, the teams played the bottom of the ninth, which saw the Doby All-Stars scoring two runs and increase their lead to 5-1.

Pietronico led off the inning with a walk, followed up with another walk to Rob DeSanti (Barnegat, NJ/Caldwell College, NJ). On the first pitch to John Gavura (Marlton, NJ/Felician University, NJ), both runners took off and advanced another base on a throwing error, allowing Pietronico to score. Following a double play and the inning’s fourth base on balls, Roan doubled driving in DeSanti with the final run of the game.

Despite being outhit in the contest 8-5, the Doby team’s pitchers more than made up for the offensive deficit, living up to their All-Star billing, allowing no earned runs and striking out 10 Berra batters along the way. The Doby defensive was also outstanding, playing errorless ball throughout the game.

“It’s an honor to be selected to the All-Star Game,” said Roan, who finished 1-1 with a double, a walk and one run batted in, “and it was nice to get the win. We had great pitching today and as a team, we took advantage of our scoring opportunities. We didn’t have a lot of hits, but we got timely hits.”

As is the ABCCL tradition, a player from each team was awarded with the Most Valuable Player Award, with Roan and Rotelli taking home this year’s honors.

“To get the MVP is special. I’ve been working really hard and things have started to go well for my team and myself, so it feels really good. I’m very thankful,” Roan said.

“This was the best of the best on the field today,” said Rotelli, who finished 1-2 with a double. “so I’m very proud to have been a part of this game. Playing against the strongest competition is the kind of challenge we want as players. It’s also great to come out here and just have fun with the guys, playing the game you love every time you step in the box or cross the lines.

“Getting the MVP Award is awesome. It’s something that’s a true honor, especially since it has Captain Iannelli’s name on it and what he respresents.”