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Maritime Falls Twice to First-Place St. Joseph’s LI

THROGGS NECK, NY – On Saturday afternoon, the Maritime College baseball team played a doubleheader against conference leader Skyline St. Joseph’s LI at Reinhart Baseball Field. After dropping by a 10-3 count in Game 1, the Privateers (19-10, 10-6 Skyline) lost a 14-9 decision to the Golden Eagles (15-8, 13-3 Skyline) in of the second game.

After the Golden Eagles’ Ryan Decoursey hit a two-run homer in the top of the first in Game 1, the Privateers responded with a run in their half. Travis Zurita (Ozone Park, NY) and Freddy Forgione (Ronkonkoma, NY) started the rally with back-to-back singles, then RyanRock Hill (Eastchester, NY) crushed a brace on the right field wall to lead to Zurita. However, St. Joseph’s LI pitcher Kevin Czeczotka was out of the game with a double play and strikeout.

It went 2-1 until the start of the fourth, when Brian Forbes started the inning with a homer to the center and Decoursey followed with his second long pitch of the game. St. Joseph’s LI then scored three runs in the top of the sixth and added three more in the seventh to increase their lead to 10-1. Maritime rallied for a pair of runs late in the seventh on a Zurita RBI single and a base-laden walk by xavier cruz (Franklin Square, NY) to make the final score 10-3.

ShaneSullivan (Stewart Manor, NY) (3-2) started on the mound for the Privateers and took the loss. He gave up seven runs on seven hits, struck out seven and walked one in 5.2 innings. Haydn Strycharz (Pittstown, NJ) pitched the last 1.1 innings, allowing three runs, five hits and a walk. Zurita and Forgione each had two of Maritime’s five hits in the game.

Czeczotka (3-2) pitched over six innings for the Golden Eagles. He gave up two runs on four hits, struck out nine and walked four. Decoursey was 3-for-3 with two home runs, three RBIs and three runs scored, while Forbes was 3-for-4 with one home run and three runs scored. Nick Vicino went 2 for 3 with three RBIs. He also scored twice. Joe Sangedolce also had three points.

In game two, Maritime took the lead by Adam Mosca (Massapequa Park, NY) loaded bases walk to bottom of first. After St. Joseph’s LI scored three runs in the top of the third, the Privateers responded with two runs in their half. Rockhill reached on a first forward walk Logan Martinson (Sumner, WA) and Mosca each hit a double RBI.

St. Joseph’s LI regained the lead on Hermes Abreu’s two-run homer in the top of the fourth, but Bishop Austen (Millersville, MD) crushed a grand slam down the right field line in the bottom half of the inning, giving Maritime a 7-5 lead. However, the Golden Eagles scored three times in the fifth before taking six places in the sixth to open a 14-7 advantage.

Bishop hit his second homer of the game in the top of the seventh, and Maritime threatened again in the eighth. Danny Green (Belle Harbor, NY) started the rally with a walk and Zurita followed with a brace. After Patrick Bartoletta (Plainview, NY) walked to load the bases, a run fell on by Anthony Madigan (Greenlawn, NY) single infield. That’s all the Privateers would get, though, as St. Joseph LI pitcher Jack Kelly got one strikeout and a double play to end the inning.

Forgione went 3-for-4 with a run scored, and Bishop had five RBIs on his two home runs. Mosca went 2 for 4 with two RBIs, while Rockhill and Martinson both scored twice. Frank Santeramo (Garden City, NY) (5-2) took the loss after allowing eight runs (five earned) on 10 hits in five innings of work. He struck out five and walked one.

For the Golden Eagles, Abreu was 4-for-4 with a home run, two runs scored and four RBIs. Paul Gugliuzzo also hit a home run. He went 2 for 6 with two runs scored and three RBIs. Decoursey, meanwhile, went 2 for 5 with two runs scored and two RBIs. Charles Aurandt started on the mound and lasted 3.1 innings. He gave up six runs on five hits with five walks and five strikeouts. Michael Manzolillo (3-0) picked up the win after allowing three runs on five hits in 3.2 innings. He struck out four and walked two. Kelly pitched two shutout innings, allowing one hit and one walk while striking out two, to recover the stoppage.

The Privateers wrap up their non-conference schedule Sunday with a 12 p.m. doubleheader against CCNY (5-21). The twinbill will be played at Baseball Heaven in Yaphank, NY.