Express Baseball Victory Train Keeps Rolling
The Rockaway Express continued their winning ways in the New York Travel Cub National Division as they swept a doubleheader against the Holy Name Firebolts 10-6 and 6-3. The games took place on Saturday, August 5 at the Joe Torre fields in Marine Park, Brooklyn. The Express improved to 8-0 and stand alone in first place.
The Express win in the first game was led by Daniel Green and Kieran Conaghan. Green pitched 4 innings striking out 12 and drove in 5 runs with the bat. Conaghan had an RBI and combined with Joe Featherston at first to make the play of the game when he threw out the batter from right field in the fourth inning.
The Express jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead in the top of the first when Green drove in James Agoglia with a double and James Tuohey followed that with a double of his own driving in Green. The Express scored twice in each of the next 2 innings with RBI hits from Conaghan and Agoglia and a sacrifice fly by Green. Defensively, the second inning featured Green striking out 4 batters (a dropped third strike caused the 4 outs) on 12 pitches.
The Express increased their lead in the fifth to 10-2 when Green doubled with the bases loaded for 3 runs. James Tuohey came in to pitch the fifth and sixth. The Firebolts rallied to within 10-6 and loaded the bases with one out in the sixth. Tuohey held on to record the save by striking out the final two batters. Featherston made another fine play at first in the fifth inning by scooping out a low throw from shortstop. Joe Tammaro and James Agoglia scored twice each and Jake Mackoff had 2 hits and played a solid 4 innings at catcher.
The second game started with the Firebolts scoring twice in the top of the first against Express starter Ian Byrne but two spectacular defensive plays kept them from scoring more. With one out and runners on second and third, Byrne sprang off the mound to field a soft roller and fired home to catcher James Agoglia who made a stretching catch and tag while blocking the plate for the second out. That was followed by a hot ground ball to third where Daniel Green scooped it up, but fired high and wide to first where Billy Reyes extended himself across the bag to snatch the ball for the third out.
The Express came right back with two runs in the first and two in the second innings to take a 4-2 lead. In the first inning, Green singled to drive home Reyes with his sixth RBI of the day. He then alertly stole second and third and dashed home on a wild pitch.
The Express defense shone again in the second when, with runners on second and third with 2 outs, catcher Agoglia sprang after a wild pitch and dove back to the plate to tag the runner attempting to score. In the third with 1 out and a runner on third, shortstop Mike McManus snared a hot line drive and immediately threw to third baseman Green to double off the runner and end the inning.
The Firebolts scored a run in the top of the fourth to pull within 4-3 and it looked like anybody’s game. Brendan Watters led off the bottom of the fifth with a single to right and scored the key insurance run when on Ian Byrne’s base hit. Byrne then scored the sixth run when James Agoglia lined a single to center.