The Marco Yankees and Red Sox defeated the Estero Orioles in Cal Ripken baseball action.
Here are the reports from the coaches.
Brian Kocak, Yankees
The Marco Island Yankees hosted the Estero Orioles at Winterberry Park on Saturday. The Orioles scored a run in the top half of the first inning, but the Yankees answered “Big Time.”
Jay Vanderjagt crushed the very first pitch for a home run. Brian Kocak and Tanner Prange each scored, then “The Back to Back Boys,” Howie Jordan and Colton Couture, slammed home runs to cap off a five-run inning. The Orioles scored three times in the second to edge closer, 5-4, to the Yankees.
The game became a defensive battle, with solid pitching by Jay Vanderjagt and good defense by both teams. But in the last inning of play, it was all Yankees, sealing the deal as Brian Kocak, Tanner Prange, Howie Jordan, Colton Couture, Michael Scola, Zack West, Bon Deese, and Sam Rafferty all scored for an eight-run inning and the win.
Johnny Angel, Red Sox
Saturday’s game pitting the Marco Red Sox against the Estero Orioles was a nail-biter, as the Red Sox came from behind in the bottom of the final inning, scoring five runs to get the win.
The Red Sox were missing their starting pitcher and two other fielders, so Howie Jordan of the Yankees filled in as pitcher. Jordan retired the Orioles in the first inning without giving up a run and the Red Sox responded by scoring three runs, while leaving the bases full to end the inning. Bryson Paul drove in a run with a single, after Cristian Pipitone was hit by a pitch and Jordan walked.
The Orioles scored two runs in the top of the second inning and Cristian Pipitone, hit by a pitch for the second time in the game, stole home, as the inning ended 4-2, in favor of the Red Sox. The third inning featured a lot of bases on balls, as the Orioles brought five runners home to take over the lead, 7-4.
Harrison Cross had come in to relieve Jordan, but suffered a painful injury and left the game as Jordan regrouped. The Red Sox went hitless to end the inning. Estero managed to score one more run before Kodie Dean’s double-play at first ended the top of the fourth.
With desperation setting in to the Red Sox bench, the tables turned as the Red Sox loaded the bases and brought runners home on passed balls and walked batters. With Hector Diaz facing a full count and the game tied 8-8, Jordan stole home to seal the Red Sox victory, 9-8.
Estero played valiantly, but came up short again. It was the second win for the Red Sox over the Orioles, with an earlier 12-7 victory.
Thanks to Linda Henell and Linda Paul for collaborating on the submitted photos, to the Martinez family for providing refreshments, to Howie Jordan for playing with the team today and to Sal Carvelli at DaVinci’s Restaurant. DaVinci’s is the sponsor for the Red Sox this season and Sal personally came out to cheer on the team.