Mid-July with the playoffs in sight, it’s all about finding a way to win in the AAABA League.
The Berkley Hills Renegades survived a roller-coaster contest with league-leader Delweld on steamy Saturday afternoon for a 6-4 victory in 10 innings at Point Stadium.
It was the third game of a marathon weekend of makeup games for the league, eight games in all, and the second game of the day for the Renegades, who held off Laurel Auto Group in an earlier game.
Berkley Hills put the game away in the 10th, keyed by a John Jones solo homer and singles by Matt Kastelic and A.J. Rievel.
“I honestly don’t remember anything about the pitch he threw me,” Jones said. “I just saw that it was a strike and I swung. I thought it was off the net and then I heard it ping and I was around second. I didn’t watch it at all.
“The whole team put in a great effort. Our pitchers (Ryan D’Andrea and Rick Jones) did outstanding and we came up with clutch plays when we needed them. We struggled at the beginning of the year, and now we’re finally coming together at the right time.”
Manager Larry McCabe was pleased by the effort of his squad.
“Any time you win two games on a hot, sunny day and you have to hold on to win the first game and go 10 innings in the second, you have to feel elated for our players,” McCabe said.
“We had our chances and they had their chances and it was kind of back and forth. We have to come back for a doubleheader (today), so nothing comes easy. We put ourselves ahead of Laurel 4-2 and we just evened ourselves up with Delweld 3-3.”
The Renegades jumped on Delweld starter Marcus Shippey as Nate Campbell led off with a double, went to second on a sacrifice and to third on a ground out. Jake Pribanic’s single to center plated Campbell for a 1-0 lead.
Berkley Hills added another run in the sixth as Brooks singled and went to second on a sacrifice. A Dan Gray single that was misplayed in the outfield allowed Brooks to score.
Delweld got on the scoreboard in the sixth, scoring three runs, two unearned, on a pair of walks and two errors.
But the league leaders could not put the game away, as the Renegades added two more runs in the seventh to again take the lead, 4-3.
Delweld sent the game to extra innings with a run in the seventh as Luke Campbell singled and went to second on a wild pitch. A Josh Staniscia double to left scored Campbell to even the game at 4.
The two hits in the seventh were half of Delweld’s hits for the game.
Nate Campbell was 3-for-4 and scored twice, Brett Marabito had a double and Brooks scored twice for the Renegades, who also got a 2-for-5 game from Kastelic and two RBI from Rick Jones.
“In the first six innings we couldn’t generate any kind of offense and we took the lead and I don’t even know if we hit a ball out of the infield and pitching kind of fell apart on us a little bit,” Delweld manager Chris DelSignore said. “It wasn’t the effort that we needed to have to beat the Renegades and we didn’t deserve to win that game. I’m surprised that we even had a chance to win. We didn’t have very many hits, but you have to credit their pitchers. It’s amazing to me that the game went 10 innings.”
In Saturday’s other AAABA League games:
Berkley Hills Renegades 6, Laurel Auto Group 5: At Point, Kastelic was
3-for-3 with a triple and a run scored, Brooks scored twice and Nate Campbell was 2-for-4 as the Renegades edged Laurel Auto Group.
Derek Zavatsky scored twice, including stealing home, while Mike Nowicki was
2-for-3 for Laurel.
Delweld 9, Ophthalmic Associates 1: At Point, Shippey was 3-for-4 with a double and a run scored and Staniscia was 2-for-4 with a run scored for Delweld, which bounced back to win its second game of the day.
Ian Helsel added a double and two runs scored for Delweld (22-7).
Dylan Corl and Justin Donaldson each had two hits for Ophthalmic Associates.
Donaldson had the only RBI and Brandon Miller scored the lone run for Ophthalmic.
Laurel Auto Group 7, Martella's Pharmacy 1: At Point, Mike Vizzini toss a complete game for Laurel Auto Group in a win over Martella’s.
Tony Strasiser doubled and drove home Martella’s only run in the first inning.
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