Fish Win Twice Saturday to Sweep #10 Hilltoppers
March 4, 2017
Written By: Kennie Silvestri, Sports Information Assistant.
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Palm Beach Atlantic baseball kept their winning ways going Saturday afternoon, as they swept the #10/16 ranked St. Edwards University Hilltoppers in a doubleheader, completing the three-game sweep, and extending their winning streak to six games. The Sailfish will return to Rubin Park on Tuesday, March 7 as they will play Winona State University at 6 p.m.
Game 1: Palm Beach Atlantic 4, St. Edwards 3
PBA struck first in the first game of the day, as they have been doing very frequently as of late. Noah Johnson was the first to reach base as he worked an eight-pitch walk. Sean Visconti followed with his 200th career hit, a ground-rule double down the left field line, advancing Johnson to third. Johnson later scored on a Peter Rivera sacrifice fly to open up the scoring.
The Sailfish added a run in the third inning, as Evan Dougherty singled and scored on Visconti’s second double of the game. Sloppy Sailfish defense led to two Hilltopper runs in the fourth inning which tied the game.
Sailfish starter Tyler Hawks kept up the trend of strong starting pitching for PBA, as he worked into the sixth inning, allowing seven hits and giving up just the two unearned runs. Hawks struck out five hitters on the day while walking none.
The ‘Fish took the lead in the bottom of the sixth inning as Visconti doubled for the third time, and after being sacrificed to third by Rivera, he came around to score on a Mac Hessney single.
The Hilltoppers wasted no time in tying the game in the seventh off Sailfish reliever Christian Denton, as another Sailfish error led to St. Edward’s third unearned run of the day.
Denton (Win, 2-2) didn’t let the error get to him however, as he threw a perfect eighth and ninth innings to keep the game tied at three runs apiece.
The ninth inning is where the ‘Fish made it happen, as Hessney reached via walk, and advanced to second on a Peter Moforis pinch-hit single. After a fielder’s choice advanced Hessney to third, Jake Summey came through with his first hit of the game, a walk off single to left field to give the Sailfish a 4-3 victory.
Game 2: Palm Beach Atlantic 6, St. Edwards 4
The Hilltoppers struck first in the final game of the series, as they played small-ball to squeeze in a first-inning run off Sailfish starter David Paul.
The ‘Fish tied the game in the second inning, as Andrew Calderone drove in Rivera with a RBI ground out.
The Hilltoppers had a big third inning, as they scored three runs on a couple hits and a Sailfish error to open up a 4-1 lead.
The ‘Fish answered with one run in the third on a Visconti single to center field, and two in the fourth to tie the game, as Hakeem Rhodes and Summey both drove in runs in the fourth inning. Paul (Win, 3-0) settled down nicely, throwing three scoreless frames to keep the game tied at four heading to the bottom of the sixth.
Rhodes got things started in the inning with a one-out single, and was pinch-run for by Eddie Vicinanza, who wasted no time in stealing second base. After a ground out moved Vicinanza to third, Dougherty smoked a triple to right field, giving the ‘Fish the lead. Dougherty came around to score on another Visconti RBI single.
Joey Hennessey pitched a perfect ninth inning to earn his fourth save of the season, as the ‘Fish improve to 12-6 on the season.
Rhodes, Dougherty, and Visconti finished with two hits each to lead the offensive charge. Dougherty's bunt single in the fourth extended his hitting streak to 17 games.