Raritan Valley National Adult Baseball Association: My Site News: RANGERS ARE FALL BALL CHAMPS!!

Monday, November 10
RANGERS ARE FALL BALL CHAMPS!!

After Frank Peralta fired seven innings of shutout ball to blank the River Cats 3-0, the Roselle Rangers faced the NJ Indians in the Fall Ball Championship Game.

The Indians drew first blood in the top of the first inning, scoring twice. Levi Gonzalez doubled home Josh Pardo and later scored on Xavier Santiago's rbi grounder. Alex Garcia led off the second by getting plunked. He moved to third on a passed ball and scored on Adolfo Perez' rbi grounder. The Indians led 3-0 before the Rangers got on the board.  Frank Peralta led off the bottom of the second with a towering triple and scored on the back end of an attempted double steal to make it 3-1. The Rangers edged closer in the third. Junior Hernandez was issued a leadoff walk, moved up on an error and scored on a Jose Cruz sac fly to make it 3-2.

Back to back doubles by Gonzalez and Gamaliel Calderon in the top of the sixth made it 5-2 and the Indians had some breathing room heading into the late innings. But the Rangers stormed back to tie the game in the seventh. Ken Wichoski followed Peralta's leadoff walk with a single. One out later, Joe Wisniewski singled home Peralta. Wichoski then scored on a wild pitch. Wisniewski  scored on a Hernandez' rbi ground out and the score was even at 5-5.

The Indians failed to score in the top of the eighth despite getting their leadoff batter to third with no outs. A failed suicide squeeze was to blame for that. In the bottom of the eighth, the Rangers took the lead with three runs on one hit. They were aided by two walks, a hit batsman and an error, and headed to the ninth leading 8-5.

In the top of the ninth the Indians got things going after a leadoff ground out, when Calderon singled and Santiago doubled. Abram Pagan then grounded to short, but the Rangers inexpilcably came home with the ball. The throw home short-hopped the catcher and the score was 8-6 with the tying runs on base and only one out. But the Indian rally was snuffed out when Rafael Soto turned Garcia's sharp grounder into a 4-6-3 game ending double play.

Joe Wisniewski was the complete game winner for Roselle. William Valdez, who pitched one inning in relief of starter, Jose Alberto, was tagged with the loss.