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May, 2022

Michael’s and MDPC Face Off For the Third Time

Michael’s and MDPC Face Off For the Third Time

Michael’s and MDPC went at it behind the Rec Center Tuesday night. The two teams have split the previous two matchups. Michael’s was the home team and took the field first. James Gibbons led things off for MDPC and did so by hitting a pop fly single just passed the outstretched glove of the short stop. Enzo Mena reached as well when he lined the ball between short, third and left field. With the 2 runners on and one out, Anthony Cafaro walked to load the bases. Antonio was up next and singled in the first run of the game, but MDPC went for a second run, but Liam Joubert fired the ball to Ethan Hung at home plate, who was able to stick the tag for out number two. With two outs, and runners at first or second, the inning ended when Ryan Ross fielded the ball at third base and beat the runner to the bag.

With the score 1-0, Michael’s had to fight back. Eric Cardino led things off and hit a hard line drive to short. Unfortunately for Cardino, Michael Rotondo was there to catch the ball on the fly. Kaiden Guzman was next to the plate and hit a grounder to left to reach first. However, a fielders choice and a strike out later, had Michael’s headed back to the field, still down 1-0.

The top of the 2nd for MDPC looked a lot like the bottom of the first for Michael’s. It started with two quick outs, when Braden singled up the middle. But that was all MDPC could muster.

Ethan Hung led things off with a single past the short stop. Melo reached safely as he worked a walk. With 2 outs, James Copell singled to score Hung from second. Aguirre and Copell advanced to third and second on the throw. However, they were stranded there.

Hunter Aiello was in to pitch for Michael’s and would try out the new rules for minors, where kids are replaced by coaches after three walks. Gibbons, Mena and Rotondo all walked to load the bases and bring the coaches back on. Despite the bases being loaded, none of the runners were able to find their way home, and we were to the bottom of the third still gridlocked at 1-1.

Anthony Cafaro was on the mound for MDPC. The first batter he faced was Patrick Auteri. Auteri was able to ground a single up the middle and was standing on 3rd base thanks to errant throws. With one out, and Auteri on 3rd, Eric Cardino was up to bat. Cardino hit an infield single to second scoring Auteri, and Cardino was on 2nd thanks to the throw. With 2 outs, Ryan “Rhino” Ross was up, and he delivered, hitting a hard ground ball that found its way past the center and right fielders. The ball kept running all the way to the fence, and Ross ran all the way around the bases for an inside the park home run. Making the score 4-1. Joubert was hit by a pitch to continue the inning, and stole second base. Ethan Hung singled Joubert to 3rd. Hung stole second, making room for Hunter Aiello who walked to first. The inning ended on runs when Melo Aguirre walked in Joubert.

Aiello took the mound in the 4th, hoping to fare better than he did in the 3rd. And he definitely looked better. He started things off with a strike out. He did walk the next batter who stole second, but Aiello was able to get out number two via strike out. This time, the batter was caught looking. Larry stole third before Carter walked. James Gibbons singled scoring Larry and getting himself and RBI. Enzo Mena was hit by a pitch to load the bases, and Michael Rotondo was also hit by a pitch to let another run in. The hit by pitch came on what would have been ball 4 and the third walk of the inning. The inning ended there with the score 5-3 Michael’s.

Despite the lead, the coaches decided to finish the inning off. Luca Stisi led things off with a single. James Copell followed suit, to put runners at first and second. With one out, Pat Auteri got his second hit of the game, this one a hard hit grounder to the hot corner. With 2 outs, and bases loaded, Eric Cardino was up and took the first pitch he saw past the second baseman and the ball found its way all the way to the fence for an inside the park grand slam.

The inning and game ended there with the score 9-3. Michael’s will be in action again in a week against Frank’s GMC.

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