Orange Crush clips Carp Energy in final
The Orange Crush, sponsored by Casey’s Irish Pub and Woodmont Pizza, used a five-run rally in the top of the fourth inning to propel its way to an 11-9 victory over Carp Energy in the finals of the Milford Recreation Men’s League softball tournament at Washington Field on Aug. 21.
Orange Crush, the No. 3 seed from the Northern Division, defeated Eastern Division runners-up Ct Fire Protection Friars, 6-3, in the semifinals.
Carp Energy, third-place finisher in the Eastern Division, gained its first city final with a 2-1 victory over Crush, the four seed out of the East, in the semis.
Leading 6-4 in the fourth, the Orange Crush slapped six straight hits, and after an out, tacked on a two-out single to make it an 11-4 game.
Jeff Miller, winning pitcher Bobby Viscardi and Tim Saller stroked consecutive singles to load the bases for leadoff batter Rich Morgan, who continued the base-by-base rally with another single.
RBI base hits by Grant Jackson and Rob Paige followed, before Atan Hirsch’s sacrifice fly to Zach Gaffney in right field plated the fourth run of the frame.
Rob Aquilino got the second out on Brian Massey’s ground ball to third base, but Tony Petrie slapped a two-strike single to center to up the lead to seven runs.
Carp Energy, which took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first on singles by Mike Suppe and Zach Gaffney, fell behind 3-1 in the bottom of the inning and never drew even.
Jackson and Paige hit one-out singles to shallow right center, before Hirsch drew a walk off Carp Energy right-hander Ed Burns.
Massey and Chris Morgan slugged run-scoring singles around Petrie’s sacrifice fly to Dan Seiden in right center for a 3-1 lead.
Orange Crush made it 4-1 in the second inning, after singles by Miller and Saller and Rich Morgan’s sacrifice fly.
Hirsch doubled off the top of the fence in left-center to score Paige, who had led off the third inning with a walk. Massey singled and scored on Petrie’s RBI fielder’s choice to Suppe at shortstop.
Down 6-1, Carp Energy drew three runs back in the top of the fourth.
Gaffney singled to start the rally, but Viscardi got Mike Dias and Len Calandro to fly out to Jackson in left field.
Jurczyk walked to keep the inning alive, and Ryan Holthaus ripped an RBI single.
Nick Aquilino followed with a run-scoring single, and when the relay was off line, Dias, who had reentered the game as a pinch runner, hustled home and got his hand to the plate before a quick tag by Viscardi.
Orange Crush upped the margin to 11-4, but had to stave off two more rallies to claim the title.
Suppe lined a one-out hit through the left side of the infield and was replaced on the bases by the jet-quick Seiden.
When Rob Aquilino singled to left field, Seiden motored into third base in front of a strong throw by Jackson, where he scored on Gaffney’s sacrifice fly to left.
Calandro then slammed the ball to left-center to trade places with and score Rob Aquilino from second.
Again, Viscardi made the key pitch to leave a runner in scoring position.
Jurczyk doubled to open the Carp Energy sixth and Holthaus’ second hit of the game made it 11-7.
Nick Aquilino went to right field for a single to put runners on the corners, but Viscardi got the next batter to foul out on an illegal pitch.
Seiden’s RBI groundout to Rich Morgan at second base brought another run home.
In the circle for Carp Energy, Burns retired 7-of-8 batters to keep his team in position.
Down three, Carp Energy saw Rob Aquilino start the seventh with a double inside the third-base bag.
A pair of flyouts to Kevin Swist in left center brought a run home, before Miller handled a chopper to third base to close out the win.
Jeff Viscardi and Christian Gregory suited up for Orange Crush, while Brian Doyle completed the Carp Energy roster.