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Clippers and Monarchs Produce Near Mirror Image Wins in Doubleheader Split

Jul 16 2017 ABCCL League News | Comments Off on Clippers and Monarchs Produce Near Mirror Image Wins in Doubleheader Split

By ABCCL Media Staff

Holmdel, NJ The Freehold Clippers and Monmouth Monarchs traded wins in a hard-fought doubleheader on Sunday, each team coming back from early deficits to earn their respective victories.

After Monarchs starting pitcher, Ray Hughes (Forked River, NJ/Stockton University, NJ) struck out the side to open the day’s first game, his teammates jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the home half of the inning. Dave Angstadt (Glen Allen, VA/The College of William & Mary, VA) lined a single to center and Isaiah Hall (Burlington Township, NJ/Lincoln University, PA) reached on an error putting runners on the corners. Joe Rotelli’s fielder’s choice grounder scored Angstadt and moved Hall to second. An overthrow by the catcher as Hall attempted to steal third produced the Monarchs’ second run. Consecutive walks and a single by Tyler Coppo (Fitzwilliam, NH/University of Hartford, CT) loaded the bases, but Clippers pitcher Anthony Vlahovic (New Hope, PA/Chestnut Hill College, PA) struck out the next two batters, leaving the bags full and killing the potential big inning.

The Monarchs 2-0 bulge held up until the fourth inning when Freehold’s John Moschella (Little Silver, NJ/Tufts University, MA) drove a homer over the right field fence. A walk to Austin Lindsay (Allentown, NJ/The College of New Jersey, NJ), single by Stephen Edelstein (Staten Island, NY/Stockton University, NJ) and fielder’s choice groundout brought Jeff Goldrosen (Manalapan, NJ/Bard College, NY) to the plate. Goldrosen delivered a 2-run single, capping a three-run rally that put the Clippers in the lead, 3-2.

The Clippers added to their lead in the top of the seventh when a walk, Monarchs error and single by Tyler Wisnewski (Toms River, NJ/Arcadia University, PA) upped their advantage to 4-2, which would prove to be the final score.

Meanwhile the Clippers pitching staff held the Monarchs bats completely in check from the first inning on. The combination of Vlaholic, Ryan Kaverick (Hasbrouck Heights, NJ/Muhlenberg College, PA) and Tynan Mayer (East Windsor, NJ/Alvernia University, PA) allowing just six hits in nine innings of work.

In game two, it was the Clippers who struck first, with Eric Small (Downingtown, PA/Chestnut Hill College, PA) lining a 3-2 pitch over the left field fence for a leadoff homerun. An infield error allowed Moschella to reach first and after a walk and steal of third, a ground out by Edelstein produced a 2-0 Clipper lead after one inning of play.

Held in check by Clippers starter Dan Murphy (South Amboy, NJ/Rutgers University-Newark, NJ) for four plus innings, the Monarchs began their own counterattack in sixth, working against the Clippers relievers.

Rotelli got things started when he was hit by a pitch. Both Frank Bilancio (Chesterfield, NJ/St. Edward’s University, TX) and Anthony Santoro (Manalapan, NJ/Rutgers University-New Brunswick, NJ) reached on infield errors, the second bobble allowing Rotelli to score. A walk to Coppo brought up Robert Carmody (Canton, MA/University of Hartford, CT) whose single plated Santoro. The next batter, Seth Ziegler (Red Bank, NJ/The College of New Jersey, NJ) followed suit, singling to right and bringing Coppo home. A sac fly by Angstadt drove in the fifth and final run of the inning, accounting for a 5-2 Monarchs lead. The Monarchs tacked on two more runs in the seventh when Rotelli walked and moved to second on a Bilancio single. A fielder’s choice on Santoro erased Rotelli, Bilancio moving to third. Another fielder’s choice, this time by Coppo, scored Bilancio. A RBI single to right by Carmody produced the Monarchs’ final run of the day and a comfortable 7-2 lead.

The Clippers went 1-2-3 in the bottom of the seventh, continuing a dominating performance by the Monarchs hurlers, with Jake Voss (Brick, NJ/Kaiser University, FL), Jacob Alba (South Plainfield, NJJ/Stony Brook University, NY) and Alexis Calderon (Bethlehem, PA/Manhattan College, NY) tossing a combined 2-hitter, striking out 8 and issuing just 4 bases on balls.