League I CHAMPIONS
Posted Friday, May 20, 2011 by Tony Frascogna
After one of the wildest weeks in high school baseball history the Raiders managed to win the first two games of the Ward Melville series to secure a League I Championship. Game 1 lasted 13 innings and was played on three different days. Dan D'Onofrio pitched on each of those days. Matt Vogel was the starter and lasted 6 2/3 innings. He struck out 12 and surrendered only 1 earned run. Justin Mercurio's 2 run single set up a come from behind win in the bottom of the sixth. The Raiders gave up an unearned run and went into extra innings. The game was suspended after 8. It was resumed on Wednesday and was suspended for thunder and rain in the bottom of the 10th. On Thursday, D'Onfrio pitched one more inning of scoreless relief, 4 1/3 total, then gave way to Dan Tierney. Tierney only allowed 1 baserunner to reach in two innings. Tyler Moston led off the 13th with an opposite field double. He was moved to third on Tom Rubinstein's ground out. With two strikes Dan Tierney picked up his first hit, rbi and win of the season by singling in Moston.
The Raiders, now the away team, gave up 4 runs in the first inning to start game 2. Peter Martino came in and kept the Raiders in the game by only giving up one run in 4 2/3 innings. The Raiders scored two in the 6th and 5 in the 7th to take the lead. Moston walked, Rubinstein and Peter Agnetti singled. With two outs, Brian Cioffi, Dave Tornetta, Frank Capraro and Matt Vogel had consecutive hits during that rally.
Chris Van Eron pitched a scoreless 6th and gave way to Vogel in the 7th. Vogel gave up a hit then struck out the next two batters. Melville scored once more then loaded the bases. Vogel struck out the final batter to earn his second save of the season. The series concludes on Saturday at PMHS. This is the 4th time since 2006 that the team has won their league. The AA playoffs begin on Monday or Tuesday depending on seeding.