It’s well past the midway point of the 2010 North End Athletic Association/Nazzaro Community Center Majors baseball season and the games continue to be exciting and competitive.
In just a few weeks, the league will begin its playoff season with all five teams participating in post-season play to crown this year’s baseball championship team.
The first place team will draw a bye in the first round.
Red Sox 10-Indians 2
It was a battle for first place when the Red Sox squared off against the Indians and when it was over, the Sox took sole possession of the top spot in divisional play with an impressive 10-2 win.Red Sox star player Aaron Cronin sparked the Sox hitting attack with 3 hits and 4 RBI the last three on a bases loaded clearing triple in the 5th inning.Solid pitching by Cronin and Timmy Martin and some good defense attributed to the victory.
The biggest hit of the game came off the bat of Jordyn Amoroso who singled in the runs in the 3rd inning giving the Sox the lead for good.
Cardinals 6-Tigers 5
In what turned out to be a nail-biter, the Cardinals beat the Tigers 6-5.
The game went down to the final out of the game with the potential tying and winning runs on second and third.
Cardinal pitcher Andrew Olivo got a pop-up to short, preserving the win.
The Tiger broke out to an early 4-0 lead with hits by Zach Knopf and Robert Pagliuca. Eli Swab had 2 hits.
Only a great catch by center fielder JC Pezzuto kept the game close.
A five run 4th inning gave the Cards a 5-4 lead.
Pezzuto and Nico Gennari both doubled and Nick Mustacchio hit a triple. Ari Aminpour hit a sacrifice fly. Owen Locke restarted the rally with a double, scored on an error and an RBI walk by Ethan Crain.
A lead-off double by Freni and a triple by Swab (3 hits) tied the game. The Tigers loaded the bases with one out but couldn’t push a run across the plate.
Cardinals went ahead in the bottom of the 5th inning. Gennari walked, Mustacchio singled and a single by Locke (3 hits).
Alex Miller, Aminpour and Olivo each hurled two innings for the Cards.
Freni, Knopf and Pagliuca handled the Tigers pitching.
Indians 11-Cubs 10
It took a total team effort by the Indians to overcome a Cubs 7-0 lead and eventually win the game 11-10.
Trailing 10-8 in the 5th inning the Indians sent three runs across the plate giving them a 11-10 lead. Some daring base running by Nick Shea gave the Indians a 5th inning lead.
Max Agin pitched a scoreless 6th inning for the tribe for another Indians victory.
The Indians hitting attack was led by Jase Cherchi who had 4 hits.
Peterson Quissanga and Sean Byrne each had a hit and an RBI for the Cubs.
The Cubs first four batters Byrne, Quissanga, Joe Alibali and William Drubner led the Cubs hitting attack.
Cardinals 7-Cubs 6
Cardinals win another one run game edging the Cubs 7-6 in a seven inning contest.
The Cards built up a 4-0 lead on a 2 run error, a run scoring double from Owen Locke and an RBI ground out by Nick Mustacchio.
Cubs tied the game in the bottom of the 3rd inning on a two-run double by Fernando Soto and a two-run throwing error.
JC Pezzuto’s RBI single put the Cards ahead in the top of the 5th. Nico Gennari walked, stole second and scored on the single.
Mustacchio shut-down the Cubs in the 4th and 5th innings striking out five batters.
Four walks in the 6th inning gave the Cubs a short lived tie 5-5.
Two hits and an error gave the Cards a 7-5 7th inning lead. Pezzuto doubled (3hits) and scored on an error. An infield hit by Ari Aminpour scored Mustacchio with the eventual winning run.
Coleman Shea scored the last Cubs run in the bottom of the 7th but it wasn’t enough.
Locke, Pezzuto and Max DeMarco pitched for the Cards.
Shea, Soto and Michael Pittore took turns on the hill for the Cubs.
Indians 5-Red Sox 0
The Indians got back into the hunt with a 5-0 shutout win over the Red Sox.
The game was scoreless going into the top of the 2nd when Paul Szulc walked and scored on a long triple to centerfield by Zack Taieb, just missing a home run.
Taieb scored on a hard hit ground ball off the bat of Max Agin.
A double by Jase Cherchi drove in Taalin Raoshah with the Tribe’s 3rd run.
Seven walks in the 5th inning gave the Indians two more runs and a 5-0 lead.
Nicole Cerulli pitched well for the win and Guarino Vilar kept the Red Sox at bay securing the victory.
TJ Shea and Szulc each pitched an inning of scoreless ball.