In the first game of the 2018 American Legion District tournament, Broad Street Park took on Paterson. A seven inning seesaw-battle resulted in Paterson defeating Broad Street Park 6-4.
Broad Street sent Tim Sharpley to the bump, while Paterson elected to go with Christian Suarez.
A game that featured four lead changes began its scoring in the bottom of the second inning.
A lead-off walk by Darius Land led to the first of two balks by Christian Suarez. Ultimately, an opposite field double off the bat Mason Fitzpatrick brought home the games’ first run.
In the top of the third Paterson belted out three straight hits that scored one run. Christian Cruz lined a single to right giving Paterson a 3-2 lead. There could have been further damage had it not been for Keifer Goss gunning out a runner at home from left to keep the lead at one.
Broad Street Park was able to regain the lead in the bottom of the third when a two out walk brought up three hole hitter Kyle Harrington. Harrington belted a homer to just left of dead center field.
After a scoreless fourth inning, a lead off base hit in the top of the fifth inning ended Tim Sharpley’s outing. Head Coach Mike Petrowski handed the ball over to right-hander Adam Chiacchio. After recording the next two outs, A two-out walk kept the inning alive, and back-to-back singles by Harry Vargas and Anderson De la Oz gave Paterson a 6-4 lead.
A scoreless sixth and top of the seventh set the stage for Broad Street Park to mount a comeback. Paterson sent Dios Quintero to the mound to record the save. After the lead-off hitter flew out, Justin Wiltsey battled back from an 0-2 count to draw a walk, putting the tying run at the plate. A pop-up followed by a single by Keifer Goss brought Kyle Harrington to the plate as the game’s winning run. The stage was set for heroics from Broad Street Park’s best hitter.
In a 2-2 count, Harrington fouled off three pitches to stay alive. Wiltsey and Goss stole third and second respectively on the 8th pitch of the at bat that led to a full count for Harrington. With first base now open, Quintero elected to walk Harrington.
The walk brought Darius Land to the plate, who ultimately was unable to get the job done, and struck out swinging in five pitches.
A visibly disappointed Coach Petrowski commented on his team’s sloppiness. “What we practice in practice we don’t carry over to games,” Petrowski said.
Petrowski was particularly frustrated with his squad’s inability to put the ball hard in play, citing that the shortstop and third basemen didn’t have to field a single ball all day. “We’re not a home run team besides two guys and guys keep trying to lift the ball, so until that changes, we might be out tomorrow.”
Now Broad Street will be fighting for their season against the loser of North Warren Post 258 against Hamilton Post 31.
“If they can’t get ready, I shouldn’t have to say anything,” Petrowski said of the upcoming matchup. “You lose you’re never playing with these kids again.”
WBCB’s Jackson Sternberg contributed to this report.