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PUBLIC LEAGUE QUARTERFINALS
Washington 12, Esperanza 2 (6 innings)
PUBLIC LEAGUE PLAYOFFS
CLASS AAAA FIRST ROUND
Washington 6, Frankford 1
OK - this was the decision - go out to The Eagles Nest and watch Washington host Frankford, on a cold, gray day, or watch the Phillies and Roy Halladay in HD. No brainer, I watched the Phillies. After all, GW had under-achieved the previous three games, all losses, and all winnable. There was little or no emotion, on the field and off the field, they were not making even the routine plays, bone-headed base running, no communication, and on and on. They really needed to be called out. So, I could go watch Washington with its 4-15 record against Frankford over the last nine seasons ... or ... I could watch the Doc with his gaudy 6-1 record, try to get the afternoon "W" at Coors Field. So after watching the first inning of the Phillies game, I DVR-ed the rest of the game, safely knowing I would be coming home to watch it around 6 pm. So I go out to GW in time for the second inning, and treated my visit very unofficially - no score keeping, no pitch count, well, nothing. GW led 1-0, and of course as soon as I arrived the Eagles misplayed a couple of balls that resulted in an unearned run for Frankford, making me second guess my decision. But then an interesting and unexpected thing happened. The team started to hit, and run the bases, and take advantage of some awful infield play from the Pioneers. Washington was making the plays in the field, actually helping a pitcher for a change. Lo and behold, this team was coming to life, and starting to look like a real team for the first time this season, now in its 14th game out of 16. Better late than never! Pitcher Tom Marano was just one of the Eagles that was locked in. The 6'2" junior righty looked as relaxed and poised as ever. His pitch count was, oh yeah, I don't know, and I don't care, but what I do know is he was focused, as was his center fielder Mike Foley. Foley made a great running catch to deep left-center, and got on base, and scored whenever I noticed. Good job, 5-kid. With the win, Washington (10-4) sweeps Frankford (9-5), for the first time in a decade, or when little tedsilary.com was just two years old. These two teams could meet once again in the postseason, and it would be foolish to ever under-estimate what coach Juan Namnun and his youthful Pioneers could do ... when it really matters.
Northeast 13, Washington 4
Playing for the fourth straight day, it was Northeast that had more energy, as they outhustled GW for their biggest win of the season. With an almost totally different starting lineup from their Public League runner-up squad of 2009, it has been a slow go for these young Vikings. Although they came into this game with a 4-7 record, Northeast was 0-6 against teams with winning records. The trademark of a Sam Feldman coached team is aggressive base running. Northeast made it almost seem too easy picking up extra bases on the Eagles in five of the six innings they batted. With no big-time power hitter in their lineup, as in recent years, this team relies on the small-ball philosophy, and it really paid off in this game. That, and about a half dozen excellent plays on defense, and the pitching tandem of so LHP Walt Archer and so RHP Howard Lynn, spelled defeat for Washington (9-3), as the Eagles lost their second straight game. GW took their only lead of the game in the first inning when sr SS Shelby Marion singled, advanced to second by sr 3B Aaron Wilmer, and scored on a single to left by so C Dean Grande. The Vikings struck back for two runs in their half: Ivan Pichardo scored from second base on a fielder's choice, and clean-up hitter so SS Nelson Coronado laced an RBI single to center. GW tied it 2-2 in the third when Marion doubled and came around to score his second run of the game on a sac fly by sr RHP Mike Foley. The bottom half of the inning didn't quite go as smoothly for Marion. Nate Coronado hit a sharp grounder to short, Marion tracked the ball, and just as he was about to field it, it took a nasty hop and nailed him at the top of the nose. Nothing broken, but lots of blood. Shelby went to the sideline, but delayed his hospital visit for stitches, in the hopes of actually re-entering the game. The good news for Shelby ... he won't have to miss any time, the bad news ... he might look like the Flyers' Ian Laperriere after he took a puck to the noggin. Northeast (5-7) put the game away with six runs in fourth inning, highlighted by a true steal of home by Pichardo, the speedy leadoff hitter. Howard Lynn entered the game in relief, and pitched the final four innings. Although wildness got him into trouble as GW closed the deficit to 10-4 in the fifth, Lynn escaped by striking out two batters, stranding runners at second and third. Just to top things off, Lynn belted a solo HR over the left field fence in his next plate appearance.
Central 8, Washington 6
In a possible playoff preview, visiting Central defeated Washington, 8-6, on the strength of a three-run homer by jr 1B Mark Gervasi, and clutch relief pitching from sr Kevin Pfeifer. With the win, the Lancers extend their winning streak to nine games, and avenge their only blemish thus far, a 14-2 loss to GW in their second game of the season. Although the Eagles staked sr RHP Aaron Wilmer to a 5-0 lead through three innings in this Cinco De Mayo special, their inability to score runners in the early innings proved to be their undoing. Washington (9-2) stranded the bases loaded in each of the first three innings, allowing Lancers jr RHP Peter Rowe to escape further damage. Back-to-back errors by Washington in the fourth along with three singles, a walk, and a hit batter, produced four runs for Central, cutting the lead to 5-4, and giving the Lancers renewed energy. Their comeback was capped off the following inning when Gervasi sent an off speed 0-1 pitch over the left field fence, for his second round tripper of the season. The wind-aided 3-run HR gave Central their first lead of the game, 7-6. With the lead, and Rowe approaching 90 pitches on the day, first-year Central head coach Rich Weiss turned to his left fielder Pfeifer for help in preserving the lead. Pfeifer would go on to pitch three shutout innings, allowing a pair of singles, and striking out four. Central (10-1) scored an insurance run in the seventh, which provided Pfeifer with an extra cushion. The Eagles would not score in the bottom of the seventh, and guess what ... they left the bases loaded once again, and finished the game with an astonishing 16 runners left on. For the Eagles, sr SS Shelby Marion had an RBI single and an RBI double, and Wilmer finished with ten strikeouts, although he suffered his first defeat of the season.
Washington 21, Lincoln 3 (5 innings)
Washington retains possession of the President's Trophy with their 21-3 rout of Lincoln. The Eagles have now won 16 straight games against the Railsplitters, with their last loss coming in the 2001 Public League quarterfinals. Lincoln sr RHP Joe Boerner had a great first inning with two looking strikeouts sandwiched around a flyout and a single by sr 3B/RHP Aaron Wilmer (3-4, 3 R, 2 RBI). After GW jr RHP Dan Meade had a 1-2-3 bottom of the first, the Eagles put on their hitting shoes, scoring eight times in the second, and never looked back. The Eagles would pound out 18 hits on the day, with ten extra base hits (7 doubles, a triple and 2 HRs). Lincoln did get on the board in the home third with three runs, only one of which was earned. That would be it for the Railsplitters offense, as Meade would pitch the five inning complete game, yielding just three hits, while fanning five. Dan helped his own cause with a pair of RBI doubles, but the big hitter for G-Dub was CF Mike Foley, who continues his outstanding senior season. Foley had a 2-run single, a 2-run HR to left, and a pair of RBI doubles, to finish with 6 ribbies in his 4-for-5 outing. Also going yard was jr LF Steve Leibovitz, who homered a day earlier in a win against Esperanza. The big lead gave coach Calvin Jones the opportunity to play some of his reserves, who have been important to this team all season. Contributors were sr OF Kleisley Sime, sr OF Twinkal Patel and so 1B Robert Diamond.
Washington 9, Frankford 4
Before we get started here, please go check out Mike "Ace" Laine's account of this game on "Acing It." . . . OK, when you're done reading The Ace, come back here I will be waiting.
Washington 11, Northeast 3
After Washington starting pitcher Mike Foley retired Northeast in order in the first inning, the Eagles offense posted a pair of runs in their half, and would never trail. Senior SS Shelby Marion singled, advanced on a wild pitch, and scored on an RBI single up the middle by so C Dean Grande. Later in the inning, Aaron Wilmer smacked a 2-1 pitch, clearing the almost fabled Gray Monster fence in right field, for a solo homer. The ball traveled an estimated 322 feet for Wilmer, the senior playing third base in this game, and ticketed to West Chester in the fall to be a quarterback. The Eagles would go on to score in every inning, highlighted by another opposite-field homer, this time by Grande, a 2-run shot in the fourth. Everybody contributed on offense, including jr Tom Marano (2-run double to deep center), and jr Steve Leibovitz, with a pair of RBI singles. Mike Foley gets credit for the win: 5.1 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K. Junior RHP/2B Brandon Morales turned in one of the top relief performances in recent G-Dub memory, going a perfect 1.2 innings, with 4 Ks.