PBA Rolls Through First Day of NCCAA World Series
May 20, 2015
Written By: Kyler Ludlow, Sports Information Director
MASON, Ohio – Palm Beach Atlantic kicked off the 2015 National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) World Series in fine fashion on Wednesday, rolling to a 16-2 win in its first matchup against Central Baptist College and then riding the right arm of freshman Kyle Polaski to a 4-2 victory over Bluefield College.
In their first game in nearly two weeks the Sailfish bust out their bats early, scoring ten runs in the first two innings en route to a 16-2 drubbing of Central Baptist.
PBA’s first inning began with a two out rally, with the bases loading up to set the table for a Peter Rivera RBI single. With the ‘Fish on the board and the bases still loaded, senior Jason Webb came through with a bases-clearing double to right-center field to bust the scoring open.
After sending 11 men to the plate in the first inning, Palm Beach Atlantic batted around again in the second and plated five more runs. Brian Walker came through with a two-run single as the big blow in the inning, while catcher Ryan Johnson added an RBI single of his own.
Not wanting to take the pressure off, the Sailfish plated four more runs in the fourth inning and tacked on two more in the fifth to reach their total of 16.
Josh Turner (Win, 5-6) pitched the first four frames to pick up the win, striking out three while not allowing a hit. Phil DiLandro went two innings and Matt Bell closed the door in the seventh for run-rule victory.
Every player in the lineup had a hit for the Sailfish, with Rivera leading the way with a 3-for-4 performance.
Freshman Kyle Polaski (Win, 5-6) tossed his first career complete game in fine fashion in the 4-2 win over Bluefield, scattering seven hits, allowing just two unearned runs, and striking out seven along the way while not issuing a walk.
The Rams plated two runs in the top of the second inning, taking advantage of PBA’s lone miscue of the day, but the Sailfish came back an inning later to take the lead.
Ryan Johnson got the rally started with a leadoff walk, and after a Pat Kane sacrifice bunt, Jake Summey followed with a single to right field to put runners on the corners. Sean Visconti was hit by a pitch to load the bases, and Chris Farrell pushed the first run across with a sacrifice fly.
With two down in the inning, Brian Walker plated the game-winning runs with a single back up the middle to give the ‘Fish a 3-2 advantage. Peter Rivera came through with his second hit of the day to plate one more, and that was all Polaski would need.
Palm Beach Atlantic finished the game with five hits, with Rivera leading the charge with his 2-for-3 performance.
The Sailfish return to action Thursday evening at 7:00 pm when they take on No. 1 seed Fresno Pacific at Legacy Field.