NACBL Update (06/27/2014) – Sand Sharks and Red Birds win one each

NACBL Update (06/27/2014) – Sand Sharks and Red Birds win one each.

Red Birds Joe Mendez

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Game 1 – Sand Sharks 7 – Red Birds 4
A three-run rally in the bottom of the sixth inning helped seal the deal for the Sand Sharks. After shaky starting pitching, Michael Falcone (Salve Regina) came in and shut down the Red Birds, surrendering just two hits and no runs through six innings of relief. Cameron Shaw was a big part of the Sand Sharks’ big third inning, where he drove in two runners, and later scored. Although his team lost, Josh Payne (Trinidad State) pitched well, only allowing one earned run and three hits through four innings of work.

Winning Pitcher – Sand Sharks – Michael Falcone (1-1)
Losing Pitcher – Red Birds – Kevin Sustad (0-1)

Game 2 – Red Birds 7 – Sand Sharks 5
Timely hitting and clutch pitching help the Red Birds earn a split, winning the second game of the double header. After allowing four early runs, Kevin Martinez (Farmingdale) settled down, pitched six innings, and picked up his first win of the season. Joe Mendez (St. Joseph’s) had a solid day at the plate, tallying three hits, a run, and drove in a run. In addition to Mendez, Skyler Mercado (Florence Darlington) had a big double, which drove in two, and also played solid defense at shortstop. Tom McKenna of the Sand Sharks had two hits, two stolen bases, and drove in a run, but it wasn’t enough to give his team the win.

Winning Pitcher – Red Birds – Kevin Martinez (1-0)
Losing Pitcher – Sand Sharks – Brian Luebcke (0-2)
Save – Red Birds – Ed Paredes (1)

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