Foran defeats Law in cliffhanger
Joe Zanghi came on in relief to earn the save and the Foran High baseball team survived a furious late rally from Jonathan Law to win a 5-4 decision at Harbor Yard on Saturday.
“Baseball players live for that kind of moment,” said Zanghi, who stranded two runners in the sixth inning in relief of Anthony Alicki and then left two more Lawmen on base in the seventh. “It was fun and why you play the game.”
Foran (7-6) took a 5-0 lead into the sixth when Law (6-9) struck back.
Three walks after a strike out set the bases for Richie Dow, who singled to right to drive in a run on the second hit off Alicki.
Another walk reloaded the bases for Matt Taylor, who singled inside the first base bag to make it 5-3.
Drew DeRubeis followed with an RBI double and Zanghi and Alicki switched positions, with Alicki donning catcher’s gear.
With runners on second and third, Rob Griswold looked to bunt the tying run acrossd, but Alicki made a diving catch of his foul pop and Gabe Ciccaglione handled Nolan Rourke’s bouncer to second to retire the side.
Jake Rouse walked and Kevin Johnson singled to right with two out in the home seventh before Zanghi struck out his second batter of the inning to notch the save.
Casey McCone knocked in Christian Malave, who had walked, in the first inning for Foran, and Tyler Chacho’s double scored Joe Radecki, who had singled in the fourth.
Foran made it 5-0 in the fifth with McCone driving in Alicki, who had three hits, and Zanghi. Chacho added a sacrifice fly.
See the next edition of the Mirror for complete game story.