Kings Point, NY – The USMMA baseball team took the opening game of a Landmark Conference double header against Catholic, 6-3, before dropping the finale, 10-1, Saturday afternoon at Lower Roosevelt Field. Jake Martin (San Diego, CA) launched a two-run homer in the fifth inning of the opener to provide what would be the winning run.
Catholic (20-11, 7-4 Landmark) got on the board in the first inning of the afternoon with a pair of solo home runs from Stefan Poggioli and Chris McCloud. However, Joseph Policastro (Hauppauge, NY) led off the Mariners half of the first with a sharp double down the left field line. USMMA then got two productive outs to bring in the runner as Warren Hartmann (Wyckoff, NJ) picked up the RBI. The Cardinals extended the lead to 3-1 in the second inning with a sacrifice fly off the bat of Mike McFarland.
Merchant Marine (13-10, 8-6 Landmark) started the bottom of the fourth with back-to-back singles from Hartmann and Danny Collins (Sleepy Hollow, NY). Cameron Stadele (Alpharetta, GA) plated a run with a fielder's choice before Jake Martin (San Diego, CA) delivered the biggest hit of the game. Martin crushed a ball over the left-center field fence for his first homer of the season, giving USMMA a 4-3 edge.
The Mariners added one insurance run in the fifth and sixth innings as Hartmann and Jacob Wood (Richmond, VA) notched the RBI hits. USMMA starter Timothy Arner (Allentown, PA) earned his fourth victory of the season allowing just four hits to the Cardinals. Merchant Marine sealed the 6-3 win in game one by turning a 1-6-3 double play for the final two outs.
USMMA cracked the scoreboard in the first inning of game two as Collins used a groundout to bring home Andrew MacKinnon (Buffalo, NY), who singled earlier in the frame. However, Catholic answered with five runs in the top of the second. Both Charlie Dillon and Pat Detoro had a two RBI knock in the inning.
The Cardinals extended the lead to 10-1 in the top of the fifth with a bases clearing three-run double from Brendan Breslin. Chris O'Donnell (Daytona Beach, FL) and Ben Tracy (Doylestown, PA) both worked a scoreless inning in relief for the Mariners. Kevin Farley went the distance on the mound for Catholic, surrendering five hits in the complete game.
The two teams will meet again tomorrow at 11:00 am for the rubber match of the three-game series.