STU and PBA Collide for Crazy Game Two on the Diamond
April 1, 2009
Written By: Michael Brown, Palm Beach Atlantic University SID
LAKE WORTH, Fla.- A successful execution of the hidden ball trick, calls reversed, and another long game of baseball ensued on Wednesday evening between Palm Beach Atlantic University and St. Thomas University. The Bobcats would outlast the Sailfish in game two and earn the double-header sweep at PBCC by a final score of 6-4.
Scheduled to play two seven inning games, game two turned out in much the same fashion as game one with the Bobcats earning a two-run victory but not before some crazy occurrences.
The Sailfish (4-27) jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning much as they did in the double-header opener after a double from Vasilios Mila started the game. Mila would come in to score on a RBI groundout from Tony Livelsberger.
Buddy Fisher earned the start for PBA and produced some impressive early results. Fisher held the STU offense in check through the first three innings however the second and third times through the Bobcats lineup didn’t treat the junior right-hander quite as well.
STU tied the game in the top of the fourth inning as third-baseman Nestor Rincon led off with a walk and then came home to score on a triple from Ozzie Troconis. After the play was nearly complete, PBA third-baseman Jeff Moyer alertly tagged Troconis who had stepped away from the third-base bag while being called out on the “hidden-ball trick”, a play you rarely see successful outside of little league.
After Moyer’s heads up play, Fisher was able to retire the next few hitters and get out of the inning. Moyer’s trick play wasn’t the only oddity the young infielder was involved in the game. Earlier Moyer made what appeared to be a fantastic running catch down the left-field line. However, after an initial call was made that the batter was out and the Sailfish team was back in the dugout, the call was correctly reversed requiring the team to go back out on the field again. Fisher got the next hitter out on a groundout.
STU went up 3-1 after single runs in the fifth and sixth inning while breaking the game open with a three-run homer in the seventh from second-baseman Kyle Radziewski to go up 6-1 entering the final frame.
The Sailfish wouldn’t go down without a fight however as they plated three runs of their own in the bottom of the inning on a long three-run homerun from Livelsberger that brought the score to 6-4. Neil Hardon and Moyer each followed with singles that brought the go-ahead run to the plate in Keith Clabaugh. However, the Sailfish catcher was retired on a hard groundout to close out the game.
Miguel Hernandez closed out the game by getting Clabaugh on the groundout for the save. Yamil Echeverria, a tall left-hander with a plus fastball and big sweeping breaking ball, ran into trouble throughout his five inning start but did enough to earn the victory while allowing just two hits and one earned run. Echeverria walked five and struck out five.
Fisher went the distance for PBA while being tagged for 11 hits, six runs, one walk, and seven strikeouts.
Livelsberger collected all four RBI’s while collecting two walks in addition to his homerun.
PBA will be back in action on April 7th when they take on Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida. The two teams will finish a extra inning game that was called back in February due to darkness. After the completion of that game, the two Palm Beach County rivals will battle in another nine inning contest at approximately 3 pm.