Visconti Helps Propel the 'Fish Past Lynn in Series Finale
March 5, 2016
Written By: TJ Budd, Sports Information Director
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – After taking Friday night’s series opener in dramatic fashion, the Sailfish fought back on Saturday to take the series against Lynn, 2-1, after winning the finale on Saturday 14-10. Lynn won the first game on Saturday 5-4 as the ‘Fish rally came up short.
The Sailfish improve to 12-9 on the season while Lynn moves to 9-8 on the year. PBA won the earlier meeting between the teams on Feb. and take the season series 3-1. PBA is back in action on Friday as they host American International on in a doubleheader at 1 p.m. and close out the weekend with a single game on Saturday against Wilmington (Del.) at 4 p.m.
GAME ONE: Lynn 5, PBA 4
PBA fell behind 5-3 in the sixth after their defense made two errors and another miscue that led to all five runs for the Fighting Knights. Lynn did pick up five hits in the inning but capitalized on mistakes by the ‘Fish. Alex Turner doubled to left to push across the first run on a ball that Noah Johnson lost in the sun. A wild pitch let in another run before an error on a sacrifice fly allowed another run to score. Another error allowed another run to score as the ‘Fish fell behind.
Mac Hessney hit his first home run in the eighth inning as the Sailfish crawled within one but left the tying run at third to end the game. Hessney led the team with three hits. PBA left nine men on base in the game while Lynn left six on board.
The Sailfish got out to an early lead, putting up a three spot in the first inning. Kyle Simon knocked in the first run with a two-out single to left. Ryan Johnson worked a bases loaded walk to push across the second run as Peter Rivera scored before Jake Summey singled to right to plate Simon.
Eric Russell (0-2) was the tough-luck pitcher for the ‘Fish, taking the loss after tossing 5.1 innings and giving up seven hits, five runs and four earned. He struck out four. Donovan Armas (2-0) picked up the win after pitching five innings allowing three runs and four hits. Jonathan Wake pitched the final 3.2 innings to pick up his first save.
GAME TWO: PBA 14, Lynn 10
The ‘Fish again were able to score early, putting up two runs in the first and adding three in the third, and this time held on to the lead as Lynn rallied late.
Visconti singled in Summey in the first, the first of four hits for Visconti in the game. Summey led off the inning with a double off of Jaret Vermillion. After a hit by Rivera, Simon hit a ball up the middle for the first of two hits for the first baseman as the ‘Fish grabbed an early 2-0 lead.
PBA finished with 16 hits in the game while Lynn collected 18. Lynn pitchers walked seven Sailfish as PBA gave up three free passes.
Rivera picked up his only RBI after Visconti doubled earlier in the third. Andrew Calderone added two RBIs on a high-chopping double that bounced over third base and into left field as the Sailfish took a 5-0 lead. Hessney brought home Robert Campo with a bases loaded single in the fourth to push the lead out to 6-0.
The lead grew to 9-1 for PBA after five innings as Visconti picked up his second double of the game and a pair of RBIs. Then things started to get interesting.
Lynn scored three times in the sixth before the ‘Fish answered with two of their own in the bottom half. The Fighting Knights added four runs in the seventh before Dominic Monda struck out Ryan Donovan to end the inning. The ‘Fish scored three more times in the bottom of the seventh to seemingly take control at 14-8 but Lynn added two in the ninth.
Eight players recorded a hit for the Sailfish with six recording two or more hits. Calderone and Visconti each drove in three as Visconti also scored three times. Four other players, Summey, Campo, Rivera and Simon, each scored twice. The top five hitters in the lineup accounted for 11 runs, 12 hits and six RBIs. Hessney had one hit but walked three times.
David Paul (2-0) was awarded the win after pitching an inning out of the bullpen. He came on in the sixth inning in relief of Matt Picucci. Paul allowed one hit and one walk but no runs. He struck out one. Monda earned his third save with a 2.2 inning performance. He struck out five but did allow five hits and two runs. He finishes the weekend with 4.2 innings pitched and nine strikeouts.