Giants Make Early Statement To Defeat Clemente

Jul 11 2017 ABCCL League News | Comments Off on Giants Make Early Statement To Defeat Clemente

By Emily Winter

Holmdel, NJ – The Ocean Giants jumped out to an early lead over the Clemente Baseball Club and took home a 8-5 victory on Tuesday at St. John Vianney.

The Giants began the scoring in the first inning against Clemente. With two outs, Evan Pietronico (Matawan, NJ/ NJ Institute of Technology, NJ) homered to right field giving the Giants their first run of the night. After walks to James Donlon (Brick, NJ/ FDU Metro) and Justin Bates (Brick, NJ/ Montclair State University, NJ), both runners were able to score on Dan Tricarico’s (Piscataway, NJ/ Rutgers University-Newark, NJ) line drive to left, boosting the Giants’ lead to 3-0.

In the third the Giants added two more runs. Pietronico drew a walk, stole second and scored on Bates’ double to left. Bates later crossed the plate on Stephen Carbonara’s (Manalapan, NJ/ Alvernia University, PA) fielder’s choice groundout giving the Giants a comfortable 5-0 lead.

The ball finally got rolling for Clemente after three singles in a row started the fourth. With bases loaded, Hayden Reyes (Cranbury, NJ/ Montclair State University, NJ) drew a walk forcing in Joe Piscopo (Matawan, NJ/ Centenary College, NJ) with the first run of the game for Clemente. Another single by Moses Vigo (Ewing, NJ/ Delaware State University, DE) scored Lenin Gomez (Edison, NJ/ New Jersey City University, NJ) narrowing the gap to 5-2. Clemente went on to score another two runs on a critical error by the catcher, reducing the once comfortable lead to just once run.

Threatened by the comeback attempt, the Giants responded in full force in the bottom of the fourth. Rob DeSanti (Barnegat, NJ/ Caldwell College, NJ) roped a 2-RBI double, restoring a 7-4 Giants lead.  In the bottom of the fifth, they tacked on their last run of the night when Tricarcio led off with a homerun to left field.

Clemente was able to claw back one run in the top of the seventh when Gomez roped an RBI single, but it was too little, too late. The umpire called the game in the seventh due to darkness, cementing the Giants’ victory, 8-5.

Clemente is now 11-13 and the Ocean Giants are 9-14 with 15 days remaining until the playoffs. Hoping to improve their records and make a strong bid in the playoff rounds, the Giants and Clemente Baseball Club will have a rematch on Thursday, July 13, at 5:45 at Sondex Park.