Marlton Athletics Baseball Club: 2008 News/Info Stories

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Sunday, June 22

 Late-Inning Heroics Fuel Second Straight Comeback Win

  Deptford HS
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  Marlton A's (8-4)      0 0 1  0 0 0  1 3 2   7 12  2  
  Wash. Twp Sens (2-9)   2 0 0  0 1 0  0 2 1   6 11  2
  WP: Murray (4-0);  LP: Shaw (0-4);  SV: JDavis (1)    
  2B: Fortunato (WT);    SH: Annese (M);                
  HBP (by Shaw): Anselmo (M), Volkmar 2 (M)             

JUNE 22 -  Eight days after overcoming a six-run deficit to the first place Rumors B&G Phillies, the Amazins’ were at it again.   

Third baseman Aiden Lawlor went 3-for-4 and drove in three, including the ninth inning game-winner, as the Marlton Athletics 25+ ballclub scored six times in the final three innings to overtake the Washington Township Senators, 7-6, this past Sunday at Deptford High School. 


After veteran Bruce Shaw retired the A’s in order in the top of the first, the Senators,  who were shut out by righthander Chris Murray back on June 1st,   immediately made certain the same fate would not befell them on this day.  CF Frank Chandler led off with an infield hit and LF John Mader placed a single to right ahead of 3B Gary Shears’ RBI single to right-center to give Township an early lead.  Murray responded by striking out Bruce Stowell and battery-mate Mike Volkmar gunned down designated runner Bill Radeke for the second out.  However,  SS Joe Fortunato singled home Mader to make it 2-0, Sens, after one.


Marlton mounted a two-out uprising in the second when Lawlor singled, 2B Marcus John walked  and EH Gregg Jewett reached on an error.  However, Shaw bore down to retire 1B Travis Davis on a fly ball to right-center to end the threat. 


The A’s would use some good old fashion small-ball to finally break through in the top of the third.  RF Phil Anselmo led off with a hit-by-pitch and designated runner Travis Davis immediately stole second base.  After EH Terry Annese sacrificed Davis to third,  CF HoWon Lee brought him home with an RBI ground out to second, cutting the Sens lead to 2-1.


The home third saw a pair of spectacular A’s defensive gems.  Chandler led off with his second hit of the day but was thrown out by catcher Mike Volkmar trying to steal second,  a feat in and amongst itself.  After Mader grounded out to third, Shears bounced a chopper up the middle that shortstop Jason Davis made a running grab and off balance throw to retire the side (unofficially) in order.


Chandler would get his revenge in the home fifth,  as the Senators’ catalyst reached on a 2-out walk and advanced all the way to third on an infield error off the bat of Mader.  With runners at the corners,  the Sens attempted a delayed double steal.  As Mader broke for second base,  shortstop Jason Davis conceded the play and cut off Volkmar’s throw.  However, the streaking Chandler beat the return throw to the plate to restore Township regained its 2-run advantage, at 3-1. 


After both teams exchanged base runners in the sixth inning, the Amazin’s started their late-inning heroics with a bunt and a thud - as LF George Felder led off with a bunt single down the third base line and Volkmar was hit by a pitch to put two on with nobody out.  Shaw nearly escaped the jam, retiring Murray and Jason Davis on consecutive flyball to the outfield,  but Lawlor drove a 2-out base hit to left-center to plate Felder and make a 1-run game once again, at 3-2. 


Meanwhile Murray was settling into a nice little groove,  retiring seven of eight batters following the Sens’ fifth inning uprising -  including a 1-2-3 seventh inning that closed with a strike out of Chandler.  After a Jason Davis bat-waking ritual lightened up the dugout mood, Marlton immediately responded to grab their first lead of the day in the eighth. 


Gregg Jewett and Travis Davis led off the inning with back-to-back singles to put two men on with nobody out.  After Anselmo struck out, Annese loaded the bases after bouncing an infield hit between short and third that Fortunato, squeezing up the middle for the potential double play, was unable to make a play on.   EH Eric Talarico followed with a sacrifice fly to center that plated Jewett to tie the game at 3.  After Lee walked to re-load the bases,  Felder ripped a 2-run single to left-center that scored both Davis and designated runner Marcus John to make it 5-3, A’s, going into the bottom of the eighth.


Washington Township immediately responded to the A’s rally with one of their own.  Mader led off with a single and Shears followed with a bloop single of his own to put two men on.  After pinch hitter Gary Barbara struck out,  Fortunato delivered his second clutch hit of the day, a 2-run double off a tiring Murray that knotted the score back up at five and five, heading to the ninth.


The cardiac A’s would save their best for last,  reaching down in their bag-o-tricks one final time to ultimately drop this one in the win column for the good guys.  Volkmar led off the ninth with his second consecutive hit-by-pitch (and sixth in three games against the Senators) and stole second with nobody out.   After Murray reached on an infield error,  Jason Davis sacrificed both  runners into scoring position for Lawlor,  who once again came through with the big hit – driving a two-run single to left to restore the Amazins’ two run lead, at 7-5. 


One could have predicted that the Sens would not go quietly into the ninth – and they would be correct.  Radeke led off with a bloop single to right against reliever Jason Davis and Shaw tried to surprise the A’s with a  push bunt.  However, Davis pounced on the nubber and turned into a force play at second base for the first out. Chandler followed with his third single of the day to put the tying run on base with one out.  Davis then retired Mader on a fly ball to left for the second out, but Shears lifted a short fly to left that Felder left his feet and got a glove on, but could not hold, scoring Shaw sending the speedy Chandler all the way to third as the tying run for 3B Gary Barbara. 


This tension-filled ballgame would reach its dramatic climax as Davis delivered a 2-1 pitch to Barbara – who ripped an absolute scorching line drive towards the third base side.  However, the perfectly positioned Aiden Lawlor snatched the rope brim-high out the air for the final out of the A’s eighth victory of the season. 


AMAZIN’ NOTES:   Aiden Lawlor led the Marlton offense with three singles in four at bats, including three RBIs,  while George Felder went 2-for-4 with a pair of RBIs and Terry Annese went 2-for-2 with a sacrifice and a run scored.  This truly remarkable game saw an amazing three lead changes over a five-out span covering the full eighth and top of the ninth innings.  The 7-6 victory represents the second consecutive ballgame Marlton has pulled out in its final at bat, following last Sunday’s 7-6 Game 2 win over the Phillies.  Chris Murray (4-0) battled his way through eight innings work to grab his fourth win in as many decisions – allowing five runs, four earned, on eight hits while walking two and striking out eleven.   Jason Davis held off the Sens in the ninth for his first save of the season, allowing a run on three base hits.  For the Sens,  Frank Chandler and John Mader set the offense in motion, reaching base five times on the day.  Chandler went 3-for-4 with a walk and two runs scored while Mader singled twice, reached on an error and scored twice as well.  Joe Fortunato was the chief Township RBI man, driving in three with a single, double and a walk, while former A’s infielder Gary Shears added three hits in four at bats while driving in two. 


Baby A's Let Sweep Escape as Cards Rally
    Amazins' Roll in Opener Behind Sr., 11-1;      Drop Nightcap, 9-4 as Offense Stumbles Behind Houser, Annese Ejected

  GM 1: Owens Field      
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  Marlton A's (7-3)      3 0 0  0 0 0  x x x  11 11  0  
  Deptford Cards (5-5)   0 1 0  0 0 0  x x x   1  3  6
  WP: Mastrangelo Sr. (1-2); LP: Ewing (2-1); SV: (None)
  2B: Gordan (M); 3B: Hersh (D), Maahs (M)              
  SH: Annese (M);  HBP (by Ewing): Shellum (M);         
  (by Pitman): Shellum (M

JUNE 22- The 18+ Marlton Athletics let a golden opportunity to put some distance between themselves and their next closest playoff rivals, the fifth place Deptford Cardinals, however, the Baby A's managed to earn a split of their road a doubleheader, handily winning Game 1, 11-1, while dropping the nightcap, 9-4, this past Sunday at Williamstown High School - Owens  Field.   

In the opener, Gabe Mastrangelo, Sr., and Frank Ewing started out in what looked to be an early pitchers' duel. The Amazins' jumped out to an early advantage with single runs in the second and third, paced by run-scoring hits from the Chris-twins (Poitivent and Saia). 


Things opened up in the A's fourth, when 3B Todd Miller stroked a 1-out single, C Rick Shellum was hit by a pitch and after an infield error, RF Bill Brant drove in a pair with single to right and EH Rick Gordan drove in two more with a double to left-center. 


The A's offense tacked on two more runs in the fifth and three more in the sixth to put this one away,  highlighted by a SS JT Maahs' RBI triple and EH Terry Annese's 2-run double.    

Meanwhile, Mastrangelo (1-2) cruised through through first five innings barely without breaking a sweat, allowing a solo run in the second on a pair of singles sandwhiched around a wild pitch.  Todd Miller made his mound debut for the A's in the sixth, pitching around a walk and an infield error while retiring the side without allowing run to preserve the walkover Game 1 win.

  GM 2: Owens Field      1 2 3  4 5 6  7 8 9   R  H  E  

  Deptford Cards (6-5)   1 0 2  0 3 3  0 x x   9  9  2  
  Marlton A's (7-4)      0 0 0  0 0 1  3 x x   4  8  5
  WP: Garguile (2-1);  LP: Houser (3-2);  SV: None      
  2B:  ;  HBP (by Houser): Gaskill (D), Garguile (D)    







Madden, Trav Lead 7th Inning Comeback Win, 7-6
Cardiac Amazins' Rebound from 6-0 deficit; Phils Nip A's in Opener Behind Greenwood

  GM 2 - Sandcastle (AC)
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  Rumors B&G Phils (9-3) 0 0 5  1 0 0  0 x x   6  5  2  
  Marlton A's (7-4)      0 0 0  3 0 0  4 x x   7  9  1
  Two outs when winning run scored.                     
  WP: Murray (3-0); LP: Belinsky (1-3); SV: None        
  2B: Volkmar (M); Madden (M);  SF:
Aupperle (P)        

JUNE 14 - A day which began with great promise nearly ended in disaster.   But then, suddenly,  implorably, it  happened.  Simply amazing.

Lee Madden drilled a seventh-inning two-run double to tie the game and Travis Davis laced a two-out game-winning single - as the Marlton A's overcame an early 6-0 deficit by scoring the final seven runs of the day to defeat the Rumors B&G Phillies, 7-6,  in Game 2 of a doubleheader this past Saturday at Bernie Robbins Stadium in Atlantic City.

After dropping a heart-breaking one-run loss to the Phils in Game One (see below),  the A's sent ace Chris Murray to the hill against lefthander Matt Belinsky. 

Marlton seemingly shrugged off the opener just two batters into the nightcap,  when after Phillies' RF Sean Jackson led off the game with a walk,  C Mike Volkmar gunned the speedster out trying to steal second base as Murray retired the next two batters without incident.

After a scoreless second, the third inning landed Murray  and the A's smack in the middle of the Twilight Zone - as everything that could go wrong did, and in turn the Phillies took a giant step towards a possible doubleheader sweep. 

Tadd Kozeniewski led off with a walk and Murray got Matt Fenstermacher to bounce back to the mound.  However, in his hast to get the speedy centerfielder,  Murray bounced the throw to first and the Phillies had two men on.  EH Chris Jones gave the Phils the lead with a flare basehit to right and EH Joe Aupperle made it 2-0 with a sacrifice fly to left.  After Jackson lined out, Mike Bergstrom singled to again put two men on.  The .471 hitting Joe Cruz was then walked intentionally, loading the bases to bring up Roarke Birsner, hitting just .222 coming in the game.  The move looked like it would pay off in aces when Birsner took a 2-strike back door slider that almost everyone in the stadium thought to be strike three.  All but the home plate umpire,  that is.  Birsner would draw a walk two pitches later,  as a frustrated Murray stood hands on hips at the base of the mound while the third run of the inning crossed the plate.  After regathering himself,  the righthander got ahead of Nick Gruber two strikes, but the hard-hitting catcher laced a 2-run single to right that completely blew up the inning at 5-0, Phillies.

Things did not get any better for the struggling Murray in the fourth, as a pair of walks and a Fenstermacher single made it 6-0.

After Belinsky retired 9 of the first 11 batters to start the game,  the A's offense finally got going the second time around the order.   George Felder led off with a walk and stole second one out later ahead of a Cris Lebron walk.  Volkmar then woke everyone up with a booming double down into the  leftfield corner that plated both runners to finally get the Amazins' on the scoreboard.   After Murray popped out for the second out,  SS Jason Davis cut another run off the lead with a run-scoring single that suddenly it was 6-3, after four.

The rally seemingly woke up Murray from his struggles, as the righthander allowed just one hit the rest of the way to give the Amazins' a shot to pull off a miracle finish - which is exactly what they would do.

After a scoreless fifth and sixth,  Lebron, nursing a sore ankle, led off the seventh with a single.   Volkmar followed by lifting a high fly ball up that headed straight towards the same Twilight Zone that had befallen the Amazins' earlier in the game.  This time, however, the victim was Phillies' SS Mark Bergstrom,  who out of character lost the ball in the sudden haze that had overtaken the skies above Bernie Robbins.  The ball would eventually land harmlessly down the third base line and the A's remarkably brought Murray to the plate as the tying run.  The Cherokee native responded by drilling a base hit to left, scoring Lebron to cut the deficit to two.  Jason Davis followed with a grounder to second that eluded the normally sure-handed Mike Bergstrom,  loading the bases with nobody out. 

After Talarico popped out to first,  1B Lee Madden rifled a double down the left field line that brought home Volkmar and Murray to tie the game at six, while sending Davis to third representing the winning run with one out.  Phils' manager Joe Aupperle then brought his infield up and issued an unintentional/intentional walk to Marcus John to reload the bases and set up the force play at home.  Belinsky buckled down to strike out EH Phil Anselmo for the second out, but Travis Davis would complete the Amazin' comeback story - driving a walk-off single to right as brother Jason trotted home with the game winner.

  GM 1 - Sandcastle (AC)
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  Marlton A's (6-4)      0 0 0  1 0 0  1 x x   2  6  2  
  Rumors B&G Phils (9-2) 0 0 2  0 1 0  x x x   3  6  1
  WP: Greenwood (3-0); LP: Lawlor (2-2); SV: None       
  2B: Jackson (P);  SH: TDavis (M);             
  HBP (by Greenwood): Madden (M)

In the opener, Aiden Lawlor battled Mike Greenwood in what would become an absloute classic. 

Seemingly, feeling one another out like a pair of heavyweight fighters, both clubs exchanged first inning jabs, as Marlton's HoWon Lee and the Phils' Joe Cruz both reached third base only to be left stranded.

After a scoreless second,  the Phillies used their speed to ignite their offense.  With one out, CF Matt Fenstermacher topped a slow roller towards third that he easily beat to first for an infield single.  After stealing second and third, EH Chris Jones walked to put two men on.  RF Sean Jackson followed with a run-scoring single to left to give the Phils the lead.  One out later, Cruz hit a ground ball single to deep short that brought designated runner Tadd Kozienewski all the way around from second after the throw from SS Jason Davis eluded 1B Cris Lebron to make it 2-0. 

Lebron would nearly single handedly atone for his teammate's infield miscue as the A's grabbed a run right back in the top of the fourth.  The Marlton first baseman drew a one-out walk off Greenwood and stole second.  After EH Mike Volkmar struck out, 3B Chris Murray laced a run-scoring single to make it 2-1.   

Marlton nearly tied the ballgame up in the top of the fifth before the Phillies flashed some fancy leather to deny the good guys.  With two outs, EH Marcus John bounced a single up the middle and was running on contact when EH Gregg Jewett drilled a ball into the left-centerfield gap that seemed ticketed for extra bases.  However, Phillies' leftfielder Matt Belinsky came streaking over on the run and leaping full extension on his backhand, snatched the drive out of the just inches above the ground to retire the Amazins' empty handed. 

As most teams do after a spectacular play,  the Phillies' fed off the momentum to regain their two-run advantage.  In a redux of two innings earlier, Fenstermacher reached with a one-out single and stole second and third.  After  Jones popped out to first,  Jackson lifted a drive into left-centerfield that just eluded the glove of a diving George Felder, easily plating Fenstermacher to make the score 3-1, Phillies,  after five. 

Felder bunted his way on to lead off the sixth but would be stranded at first after Greenwood retired the next three batters to get out of difficulty.  After Lawlor retired the middle of the Phils' order without difficultly in the sixth, the Amazins' mounted one final charge against the big lefty in the seventh.

Volkmar started the seventh with a basehit and Murray reached on an infield error to put the tying runs on base with nobody out.  After Travis Davis sacrificed the runners up into scoring position,  C Eric Talarico ripped a line drive into the hole between short and third - however 3B Joe Cruz made lunging dive to snag the shot for the second out.  The irrespressible A's kept charging forward, as EH Lee Madden loaded the bases with a hit-by-pitch and Marcus John drew a bases-loaded walk to make it a one-run game. However,  Greenwood gathered himself and got Jewett to bounce out second to first to end the A's second straight crushing defeat to the Phillies,  3-2. 

AMAZIN' NOTES: Cris Lebron, Mike Volkmar and Jason Davis each collected two hits apiece to pace the Game Two offense. Volkmar singled, doubled, drove in two and scored two,  while Lebron singled twice, walked and scored twice and Davis singled twice, reached on an error, stole three bases and scored once.  In the opener,  no A's batter had more than one hit against Mike Greenwood,  although Chris Murray, Marcus John and Lee Madden each reached base twice.  Madden also collected the biggest hit of the amazing comeback Game 2 win - doubling home a pair of runs to tie the game in the bottom of the seventh.   Mike Volkmar continued his stellar work behind the plate,  gunning down both Sean Jackson and Matt Fenstermacher trying to steal based during Game 2.  On the hill, Aiden Lawlor (2-2) took the hardluck game one loss,  going the distance while allowing three runs, two earned, on six hits, striking out two and walking three.  Chris Murray (3-0) battled through early adversity with the men in blue to collect a complete game victory in the nightcap.  The story of the righthander's adventurous day in A.C. can be told by looking at his walk total, ten - in other words, two more than he had previously issued all season to date.  Murray allowed six runs on just five hits while striking out nine .  Oddly enough,  only one of Phillies' runs turned out to be earned due to Murray's third inning throwing error.   



  Notre Dame Field 
      1 2 3  4 5 6  7 8 9   R  H  E 
  WDeptford RDogs (0-8)  0 0 0  0 0 0  0 x x   0  0  0  
  Marlton A's (6-2)      1 1 1  1 1 1  1 x x   7  x  x
  WP: (None);  LP: (None);  SV: (None)                  


  Notre Dame Field       1 2 3  4 5 6  7 8 9   R  H  E  
  C'Chester Phils (5-4)  x x x  x x x  x x x  10  x  x  
  Marlton A's (6-3)      x x x  x x x  x x x   4  x  x
  WP: (None);  LP: (None);  SV: (None)