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NJ Angels Topple Monarchs 5-3

Jul 12 2017 ABCCL League News | Comments Off on NJ Angels Topple Monarchs 5-3

By ABCCL Media Staff

Holmdel, NJ – The New Jersey Angels took an early two run lead and hung on to defeat the Monmouth Monarchs by a score of 5-3 in a Wednesday night contest at Holmdel High School.

The Monarchs struck first in the game, stringing together singles by Tyler Cappo (Fitzwilliam, NH/University of Hartford, CT) and Anthony Santoro (Manalapan, NJ/Rutgers University-New Brunswick, NJ), and a walk issued to Robert Carmody (Canton, MA/University of Hartford, CT) that loaded the bases in the bottom of the second. Facing a possible big inning, the Angels induced a double play grounder that allowed Cappo to score but held the damage to a minimum as the next batter grounded out, ending the threat.

Trailing 1-0, the Angels rebounded with two runs of their own in the top of the third. A hit batsman, bunt single and infield error loaded the bases for Luke Magliaro (Fairfield, NJ/Morris County College, NJ) who lofted a sac fly to push across the first run. After another walk re-loaded the bases a wild pitch produced the inning’s second run and a 2-1 Angels lead.

In the fifth and sixth innings the Angels added single runs to their advantage. Doubles by Luke Bowerbank (Bernardville, NJ/Rutgers University-New Brunswick, NJ) and Magliaro made the score 3-1 at the end of five. In the sixth, a single by Patrick Davis (New Providence, NJ/Dickenson College, PA) and triple by Alex Cappitelli (North Caldwell, NJ/Wesleyan College, CT) increased the lead to 4-1.

The Monarchs fought back in their half of the sixth when Joe Rotelli (Morganville, NJ/Dominican College, NY) doubled to left and Frank Bilancio (Chesterfield, NJ/St. Edward’s University, TX) followed with a long homerun over the centerfield fence.

Having seen their lead shrink to 4-3, the Angels added an insurance run in the top of the seventh inning without benefit of a hit. Aiden Favia (Short Hills, NJ/Monmouth University, NJ) received a lead-off walk, moved to second on a ground out and promptly stole third to put himself 90 feet from the dish. Julius Puryear (West Orange, NJ/Bergen Community College, NJ) followed with a sac fly to right, scoring Favia and staking the Angels to a 5-3 lead that would prove to be the winning margin.

While they outhit the Angels on the night, with Santoro and Rotelli collecting three and two hits each respectively, the Monarchs failed to mount a serious threat in their last two at bats and the game was called due to darkness at the end of eight, sealing the well-deserved Angels win.