Thursday, July 22, 2010

North Atlantic Connie Mack Regional: Day One recap

The South Troy Dodgers are in the driver's seat after one day of play in the North Atlantic Connie Mack regional, having won two games. The Dodgers earned a third round bye on Friday and will play again Saturday against an opponent to be determined.

TROY — Two starts, eight innings, and no problems for Dave Roseboom (pictured above) and the South Troy Dodgers on Day One of the Connie Mack North Atlantic Regional.

Roseboom struck out the side on 12 pitches in the day’s first game against the Glendora (N.J.) Gators and the Dodgers scored six runs in the bottom of the frame. Roseboom was yanked after three outs and the Dodgers went on to win, 10-0.

In the second game of the day, Roseboom finished what he started, going the distance in a 3-1 victory over the Connecticut Bombers at Geer Field.

"This tournament still has a long way to go," said South Troy head coach Kevin Rogers. "We still have a lot of work to do. We’re ready. We’re looking to play. I’m hoping the day off tomorrow doesn’t hurt us. We’re looking to probably swing at some point. We’re ready to play, we have pitching left and we’re ready to play."

South Troy earned a third round bye and will not play again until Saturday. Geer Field, however, will play host to three games today, beginning with the Clifton Park Yankees facing the Brooklyn Bonnies at Noon.

“This is going to be our last hurrah for me, Will (Remillard) and J.P. (Sportman),” said Roseboom of his former La Salle Institute teammates. “This is going to be our last hurrah. Especially with school ball and getting knocked out early, that really left a bad taste in our mouth. Going to New Mexico last year was a great experience. We want to experience that again.”

For many of the players on the team, this tournament could represent some of their final games together unless they win it and clinch a second straight berth to the Connie Mack World Series, to be played in Farmington, N.M. in mid-August.

Steve Anderson (pictured above), South Troy’s slugging first baseman, a three-year member of the 18-and-under team, explained that this is the scrappiest team on which he has ever played.

“When you come back for your last year, it’s your last go-round and your last chance,” said Anderson. “In the qualifier, you want to play well, but the regional is where you go to the World Series. When you get to the regional it’s the last chance, all these last games.”

"This is great," Roseboom said. "It really puts us in the driver’s seat. It could work out that we’re the only undefeated team left and someone will have to beat us twice. That’s going to be interesting."

"Anything other than Farmington will be a non-successful season for us," said Rogers. "We’re still working at it. We still have work to do, but we’re going to keep playing."

North Atlantic Connie Mack Regional
Thursday Scoreboard
Round One
Ontario Blue Jays 3, Brooklyn Bonnies 0
Richmond County 3, Clifton Park Yankees 0
Connecticut Bombers 4, Waltham, Mass. 0
South Troy Dodgers 10, Glendora (N.J.) Gators 0 (6 innings)
Round Two
Brooklyn Bonnies 3, Glendora (N.J.) Gators 1
Clifton Park Yankees 5, Waltham, Mass. 1
South Troy Dodgers 3, Connecticut Bombers 1
Richmond County 6, Long Island Titans 0
Friday’s Schedule
All games at Geer Field, Troy
Clifton Park Yankees vs. Brooklyn Bonnies, Noon
Connecticut Bombers vs. Long Island Titans, 3 p.m.
Ontario Blue Jays vs. Richmond County, 6 p.m.

And the rest of your local roundup:
16-and-under Mickey Mantle North Atlantic Regionals
South Troy Dodgers 8, Southington 0: Matt Sand went 3-for-3 with three runs scored, Nolan Driscoll added two hits, including a double, and two runs scored for the Dodgers in an opening round win in the North Atlantic Mickey Mantle regionals in Waterbury, Conn.
Tim Burke pitched six innings of score¬less ball to earn the win for South Troy.
The Dodgers received a second round bye and will play again today at 5 p.m.
15-and-under at RPI
Troy Renegades win two games: The Troy Renegades defeated Niskayuna 5-3 and later topped the North Country Athletics of Watertown, 12-3, to advance in winner’s bracket play in a tournament hosted by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Ryan McGrath drove in two runs with a double and a single in game one and he provided two more doubles and earned the win on the mound in game two.
Joe Foran (triple, double), Ian Bennett (two doubles, one single) and Greg Hotaling (double, single) also started in game one.
Riley Laustrup hit the mercy rule-induc¬ing three-run double in the victory over North Country.
The Renegades will face the South Troy Dodgers today at 5:30 p.m.
District 14 11-12 ‘B’ All-Stars
Twin Town Red 5, Brunswick 0: Griffin Pallidino made a number of nice catches in left field and also contributed an outfield assist, while Billy Smart pitched five and two thirds innings of shutout ball to pace Twin Town Red.
Brian Giddlings also excelled defen¬sively at second base and Chris Morris Jr. closed the door on the mound.
Cohoes 5, Watervliet 4: Jordan West and Jordan Clay went 3-for-4 for Cohoes in a victory over Watervliet.
Kyle Wigley added two hits, includ¬ing the game-winning single. Gabe Blizinski went 2-for-4 for Cohoes.
Jonathan Washock and Dan Passonno both went 3-for-4 for Watervliet.
East Greenbush-Castleton Gold 13, Green Island 4: Nick Forkeutis went 2-for-4 with a home run and five East Greenbush-Castleton pitchers com¬bined to toss a one-hitter to lead the Gold team to an 8-0 record and the No. 1 seed in the playoffs, which begin Saturday.
Josh Johnson singled and drove in a run for Green Island’s only hit.
Albany Twilight League
Albany Athletics 11, Troy Haymakers 1: Albany right-hander Casey Walsh hurled a complete game one-hitter and struck out 13 batters, improving to 3-0 and leading the Athletics to an 11-1 win.
Jay Conde had an infield hit in the first inning that drove in the only run of the game on the only hit for Troy.
Empire State Games: For a roundup on the Adirondack Region's men's and women's scholastic lacrosse teams, check out Friday's edition of The Record.

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