BOCA RATON, Fla. – Palm Beach Atlantic and No. 16/23 Lynn split a wild doubleheader Saturday, as the teams combined for 42 runs on the day with Lynn taking the first game 13-7 and the Sailfish taking game two 15-7. The teams split the season series as PBA won back on Feb. 7 at Roger Dean Stadium.
The Sailfish won’t have much rest as they will face off with No. 10/11 ranked Southern New Hampshire University on Monday, March 13 at Rubin Park. First pitch is set for 6 p.m.
Game 1: Lynn 13, Palm Beach Atlantic 7
The ‘Fish got off to a good start in the matinee, as they jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the second inning. Andrew Calderone doubled off the wall in the inning, as Calderone, Peter Moforis, and Jake Summey all picked up RBI’s in the frame. Lynn answered with two runs of their own in the bottom half, and added two unearned runs in the third to take a 4-3 lead.
The Fighting Knights added three more in the fifth inning, with all three runs coming after the first two batters were retired.
The ‘Fish had an answer, as Peter Rivera and Robert Campo singled to lead off the sixth. Hakeem Rhodes doubled to center field to plate both runners, and scored on a Summey single.
Sailfish pitching just didn’t have an answer in the game as Gabe Martinez hit a two-run homer for the Knights in the seventh that really put the game out of reach. Lynn added a couple more unearned runs late in the game as the Sailfish defense continued to struggle on the weekend.
The Sailfish added a late run as Summey and Evan Dougherty had back-to-back doubles in the ninth, but were unable to threaten Lynn and fell by the 13-7 final.
Rivera and Summey both had solid games at the plate, both finishing 3-for-4.
Game 2: Palm Beach Atlantic 15. Lynn 7
The Sailfish entered the final game of the series needing a win to tie the season series against the South Region opponent, and got off to a shaky start, as they trailed 2-1 after three innings. That is where the offense woke up, and exploded for 14 runs and 17 hits over the next six innings.
Calderone continued his great day at the plate with a single to lead off the fourth. Connor Rowland, making his first start of the season, singled to shortstop to keep things going. Dougherty and Summey came through with two outs, driving in three runs to open a 4-2 lead.
David Paul got into a jam in the top of the fifth inning, as two singles and a hit-by-pitch loaded the bases with no outs. Paul struck out the next two hitters, and with two outs, got a ground ball to first base that took a bad hop, but Rhodes reached up and knocked it down with his bare hand. Rhodes flipped to Paul who was covering first to end the frame.
The ‘Fish put on a power display in the fifth inning, as Calderone and Rowland both hit home runs in the inning.
PBA added two more runs in the sixth as Sean Visconti had an RBI single to right field and Rivera grounded into a double play that plated another run.
Lynn threatened with two runs in the eighth, but the Sailfish added much needed insurance runs with four runs in the ninth inning, as they picked up five hits in the frame.
Paul picked up the win in the game, as he improves to 4-0 on the season. He finished the game with five innings pitched, and struck out three Lynn hitters. Sean Horner threw two solid innings out of the pen, allowing two runs and punching out one Knight batter. Joey Hennessey finished out the victory on the mound, throwing the final two innings, and allowing just a solo home run in the ninth.
Six Sailfish hitters picked up three or more hits in the game, as they picked up 22 hits total in the game. Dougherty got out of his slump at the plate, going 3-for-6 and scoring four runs. Summey and Rowland both finished 3-for-5 at the plate and scored two runs each. Rhodes and Rivera finished with 3-for-6 games at the plate, while Calderone had the best game at the plate, finishing 4-for-6 with four RBI’s.