Steimel's Big Game Leads To Bargain Bill Split
March 23, 2013
Written By: Kyler Ludlow, Graduate Assistant for Athletic Communications
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – Palm Beach Atlantic bust out of their hitting struggles in a big way in the second game of the bargain bill Saturday afternoon against Saint Leo, responding to a 4-2 loss in game one with a 12-7 outburst in the nightcap.
The first game belonged to Lions’ starter Rick Teasley, who held the Sailfish to just two runs on four hits while striking out four batters. Palm Beach Atlantic did not muster their first hit until a two-out double by Spencer Castro in the fifth inning broke up the no-hitter.
PBA got on the board with a solo run in both the sixth and seventh innings, but SLU took advantage of some wildness from starter Andres Lopez for the tune of four runs. “Pops” walked two and hit one batter, and all three of those free passes came around to score.
Palm Beach Atlantic finished with four hits, with no single ‘Fish mustering a multi-hit game. The team was apparently holding out for the series finale.
It took no time at all for PBA to get on the board in game two, responding to a two-run first inning from Saint Leo with a three run inning of their own. First baseman A.J. Steimel began what would become the game of his short Sailfish career with an RBI single, and Junior Bobby Kissner laced a two-out, two-run double over the centerfielders’ head two batters later give PBA a lead they would not let go of.
The Sailfish knocked out the Lions’ starter in the second inning thanks a double from senior Matt Perkowski that brought home Brian Walker. After freshman Sean Visconti tripled, Saint Leo intentionally walked Joel Buchko to get to Steimel. A.J. responded with a towering home run to left center field, his second of the season.
The ‘Fish tacked on single runs in the third and fourth innings, but the Lions climbed closer thanks to a three run fourth and a solo home run in the fifth.
With the game at its tipping point, on came Steimel to put it out of reach. With Ryan Gerber at third and two out, A.J. demolished a breaking ball over the left field fence for his second home run of the day.
All in all, Steimel finished game two 4-for-4 with two home runs, two singles, four runs scored, and six runs batted in. Visconti, Walker, Perkowski, and Andres Vazquez each had two hits, with Viconti and Perkowski scoring two runs as well.
Lefty Jonathan Kies picked up the complete game victory in game two, striking out four and surrendering seven hits along the way.
PBA returns to action against Florida Memorial on Tuesday evening, starting at 6:00 PM from Palm Beach Gardens High School.