Bay Ridge Saints win one, tie another in double-header against St. A’s

July 8, 2014 Editorial Staff
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Newly acquired Michael Cuddy took the hill for the second time in a week for the Bay Ridge Saints in the first game of a double header against St. Athanasius, and was impressive again, going six innings with three earned runs, five hits, three walks and 11 strikeouts.

St. Athanasius would play solid baseball (at least offensively) throughout the night. In the first inning, speedy Matt Accairito beat out a chopper over the mound and stole second.He moved over to third on a fielder’s choice and scored on another fielder’s choice to give St. A’s a 1-0 lead.

The Saints countered in the second.Mike Arlia led off with a triple and scored on a wild pitch.Eddie Alonge and Tommy Stramka drew walks and, with two out, Nick Fuschetto hit a hard grounder that ricocheted off the third baseman’s shoulder, allowing Alonge to score.

In the fourth, Steven Fadel led things off with a line drive single and scampered into second when the right fielder misplayed the ball.With the bases loaded, Cuddy drove in Fadel with a fielder’s choice to short stop, giving the Saints a 3-2 lead.

St. A’s scored twice in the bottom of the fifth to take a 4-3 lead, but the Saints countered with two runs in the sixth, capitalizing on two errors.

The Saints tacked on two insurance runs in the seventh. Arlia got the final three outs, ending the game by striking out the last batter, stranding the tying run on second.

In the second game, Arlia took the hill for the Saints, but wasn’t his usual dominating self. St. A’s jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead. In the bottom of the first, the Saints countered when Nicholas Buencamino drew a one-out walk and stole second.With two down and a runner on third, Arlia walked and also stole second. Fadel singled to right, scoring Buencamino. Arlia scored the tying run on a wild pitch.

In the second, with two outs and runners on first and second, Justin Moran laced a liner that was dropped by the left fielder, allowing Stramka to score. Buencamino followed with a walk to load the bases for Mike Pagliuca, who hit a hard grounder to short that was booted by the fielder, allowing two more runs to score. Another error plated Buencamino for a 6-2 Saints lead that evaporated quickly as St. A’s responded with five runs to take a 7-6 lead.

The Saints tied it in the bottom of the third when Fadel lined another single to right and stole second.Alonge drew another walk.Both runners advanced on a wild pitch.Cuddy singled, scoring Fadel and moving Alonge to third with one out. Anthony Chillo hit a shot to the leftfielder (Matt Camacho) who uncorked a throw to the catcher on the fly for an inning-ending double play.

Fadel took the mound for the Saints and pitched two solid innings.

The Saints were down 8-7 heading into the final frame.With two outs, Cuddy ripped a single to center.Fuschetto followed with a towering fly ball that was misjudged by the fielder, allowing the inning to stay alive.

Chillo then blooped a single to load the bases for Moran, who drew a walk to tie the game at eight, which is where it would end as Cruz got Buencamino to pop out and end the game.

The Saints are 25-6-1 (14-2-1 in Kiwanis League Play).

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