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Monarchs Score Convincing Win Over Superstars, 15-1

Jul 11 2017 ABCCL League News | Comments Off on Monarchs Score Convincing Win Over Superstars, 15-1

By ABCCL Media Staff

 Bergen County, NJ – The Monmouth Monarchs mounted a 16-hit attack to down the North River Superstar 15-1 at Bergen County Park on Tuesday night.

The game began quietly enough with both teams failing to score in the first two innings. In the top of the third, the Monarchs’ Robert Carmody (Canton, MA/University of Hartford, CT) and Cole Hardy (Middletown, NJ/Brookdale Community College, NJ) drew consecutive walks to open the frame and both advanced to scoring position on a fielder’s choice. A single to right by Cid Porter (Lincroft, NJ/Catholic University, DC) produced the first run. Another single by Dave Angstadt (Glen Allen, VA/The College of William & Mary, VA) plated Hardy and an outfield error scored Angstadt to push the early lead to 3-0.

In the home half of the third the Superstars clawed back one run on a hit batsman, infield error and run-scoring single off the bat of Rob Greco (Franklin Lakes, NJ/Presbyterian College, SC). Unexpectedly, it would prove to be the only score of the night for the Superstars.

The Monarchs added a pair of runs in the fourth when Frank Bilancio (Chesterfield, NJ/St. Edward’s University, TX) reached on an error. An RBI double by Tyler Cappo (Fitzwilliam, NH/University of Hartford, CT) scored Bilancio. A single by Anthony Santoro (Manalapan, NJ/Rutgers University-New Brunswick, NJ) moved Cappo to third and from there a wild pitch allowed him to score the second run of the inning, increasing the Monarchs’ lead to 5-1.

Back-to-back singles by Angstadt and Isaiah Hall (Burlington Township, NJ/Lincoln University, PA) to open the fifth inning and a hit-by-pitch that sent Joe Rotelli (Morganville, NJ/Dominican College, NY) to first loaded the bases for Bilancio. His line drive single to left scored Angstadt and left the bags full for Cappo, who drilled a sac fly that allowed Hall to score. Consecutive walks to Carmody and Hardy forced in the Monarchs third run of the inning.

The Superstars managed to load the bases themselves in the home fifth but the Monarchs Zach Mason (Manahawkin, NJ/Misericordia University, PA), on in relief of starter Jake Alba (South Plainfield, NJ/Stonybrook University, NY), recorded his second and third strikeouts of the inning, short circuiting a potential Superstars rally.

A walk to Porter and a steal of second leading off the sixth inning followed by a single from Rotelli added another run to the total for the Monarchs, who took a commanding 9-1 lead into the top of the seventh when the offensive onslaught continued.

Santoro began the frame with a line drive double down the left field line. With Santoro at second and one out, five straight singles by Hardy, Alba, Porter, Mason and Hall accounted for four more Monarchs scores. Rotelli brought the damage to a close with a two-run-producing double accounting for the final 15-1 tally.

On the night, the Monarchs pounded out 16 hits, including two each by Angstadt, Hall, Rotelli, Bilancio, Santoro and Porter. On the mound, the Monarchs pitching staff was also impressive, with Alba, Mason and Coppo combining for seven innings in which they allowed no earned runs on five hits while striking out seven and issuing only one base on balls.