Raritan Valley National Adult Baseball Association: My Site News: IT'S PHILLIES IN THREE!!; BOMBERS SWEEP, TAKE A LEAGUE CROWN!

Sunday, September 21

An exciting weekend for the RVNABA! First, Saturday's games:

At Larry Doby Field in Paterson, the AA Championship Series returned to championship form as the Paterson Phillies outdueled the NJ Clippers 2-1 to force a final game three showdown. Phillies' starter Tony Peralta and Clippers' starter Paul Crivello tossed a pair of gems on the ol' diamond. But on Saturday September 20th, Peralta's shone a little brighter. Both pitchers went the distance and allowed just one earned run. Peralta allowed six hits over nine innings while striking out twelve and walking just one. Crivello let up just five hits over eight innings, struck out six and walked two.The Clippers undoing proved to be a throwing error on a double steal in the fourth which allowed the second Phillies' run to score.

Paterson got on top in the bottom of the first. Amable Martinez and Hector Espinal hit back to back singles to put runners on the corners with one out. Rich Aleman's rbi grounder brought home Martinez. In the fourth, Felix Lantigua singled with one away, and stole second. With Emiliano Tatis on first after a walk, Lantigua and Tatis pulled a double steal. Jason Glenn's throw sailed into left field and Lantigua easily scored the Phillies' second run.

It would be their last, but enough for Peralta, who had allowed just two runners through five innings. Craig Cantwell reached on an error in the third and Mike Passe got the Clippers' first hit - a single - in the fourth. Dante Harvey led off the sixth with a walk. As most leadoff walks do, this one led to a run. Peralta struck out the next batter, but Tom Hennessy singled before Crivello drove Harvey in with a single of his own. That left runners on first and second with one away, and the Clippers prolific #4 hitter, Mike Passe at bat. Passe sent one deep to center but Espinal caught it running toward the fence. Anthony Stillitano followed and hit nearly the identical ball which Espinal again hauled in.

After the fourth, the Phillies didn't get a runner past first base. Unfortunately for the Clippers, after the sixth, they couldn't get another past third. Their best shot came in the seventh. After striking out the first two batters, Peralta allowed a single to Jason Glenn, who then stole second. Harvey then hit a sharp grounder in the hole just to the right of second which appeared destined for the outfield, but Juan Pacheco's full extension dive kept the ball in the infield. Harvey reached first with an infield single but Glenn didn't get the memo that the ball was snared by the second baseman. He steamed around third and was out at the plate by multiple steps.  In the eighth the Clippers threatened again to tie the game. After Brian Kelly's leadoff single, Hennessy sacrificed him to second. Crivello then grounded out to first unassisted, moving Kelly to third with two out and Passe again the batter. This time Peralta got him on strikes to end the threat. In the ninth the Clippers went down in order and it was 'game on' for the finale in this best of three. 

In Parsipanny, at Smith Field, the Morris Brewers appeared poised to send their A League Series with the South River Bombers to a third game as they held a 5-2 lead through five innings. But a two-out, two-run double off the bat of Chris Shearn in the top of the sixth became the OrangeKey Realty turning point of the game. That made the score 5-4. Brewer starter Ted Borsuk, who had been moving along well to that point, was unable to get the third out and was removed for reliever Mike Aversa with the score tied. Aversa allowed one inherited runner to score for a 6-5 Bomber lead. If the three Brewer errors in the sixth loosened the lug nuts, the wheels fell right off in the seventh as they committed two more errors and allowed four more runs, increasing the Bomber lead to 10-5. The first two runs of that inning were earned runs. Michael Razzano followed Kevin Bell's single with a two-run blast - the series' only home run. The Bombers tacked on three more in the top of the ninth off Bob Boylan, but Bomber pitching would let up no more runs behind starter and winning pitcher, John Martelle, and reliever Mike Razzano. Razzano, Chris Shearn, Ryan Kalber and Kevin Bell collected three hits apiece for the Bombers. For the Brewers, Borsuk knocked in two runs with two hits and Larry Goldberg and Tony Padin each had two hits.  Congratulations to Manager Marc Johnson and the SOUTH RIVER BOMBERS - RVNABA A LEAGUE CHAMPIONS!!

Then on Sunday...

Chris Bartz and John Lloyd hooked up in a rematch of last Sunday's starters. The Phil's struck first once again - with two unearned runs in the top of the first. Pacheco led off with a walk (and yes, he would score) and was sacrificed to second by Amable Martinez. After Espinal struck out, Aleman bounced one to short, but Passe bounced the throw past first and the Pacheco scored. Espinal stole second as a courtesy runner for Aleman and scored on Felix Lantigua's rbi single for a 2-0 lead. The Clippers got one back in the bottom half.

Brian Kelly led off with the first of his five (5-for-5) hits. He swiped second and moved to third on Hennessy's grounder to the right side. He scored on a Lloyd wild pitch. Kelly led off the third with another single and again stole second. Crivello knocked him in with an rbi single to tie the game at two. The Clippers moved ahead 3-2 in the fourth. Craig Cantwell walked with one out. After Glenn flied out, Harvey moved him up with a single. And Kelly's next single scored him.

The Phillies bounced back in the fifth with four runs to take a 6-3 advantage. With one down, a single by Montas, a walk to Luis Betancourt and a single from Pacheco loaded the bases. Amable Martinez sent one to second with alot of English on it. Crivello could not come up with it and Montas scored the tying run. Espinal followed with an rbi single to put the Phils ahead. After Aleman popped out, Lantigua smacked a two run double down the left field line. In the seventh, Aleman connected for this series' only homer - a solo shot over the left field fence to make it 7-3.

It got exciting again in the bottom of the eighth. With Montas in relief of Lloyd, Cantwell reached on a shortstop error and Glenn singled with one away. Harvey walked to load the bases and Guess Who singled for the fifth time scoring Cantwell. Hennessy's rbi grounder between first and pitcher's mound scored Glenn and left the tying runs at second and third with two outs for Crivello. He hit it sharply to second but Pacheco made the play easily and the rally was snuffed - score now 7-5.

Sloppy defense victimized the Clippers and reliever Charlie Koch in the top of the ninth and the Phillies put it away with three unearned runs to make it 10-5. Koch, who had come on to get the final out of the seventh, allowed only one hit in two and a third innings. After getting the first batter in the ninth to ground out, he surrendered a walk to Lantigua. Tatis bounced one to short, but Crivello dropped the throw at second. After a wild pitch, Scott Jacquish misplayed Travis Wilfong's grounder for the second error of the inning, allowing Lantigua and Tatis to score. Emmanuel Martinez followed with an rbi double to cap the scoring. Montas allowed just a one-out walk to Stillitano in the bottom of the ninth, before striking out the last two batters to end the game and nail down the Paterson Phillies second RVNABA AA Championship! Their first came in 2006.