Orioles advance past Braves
BERLINSVILLE – The hits just kept on coming and coming for the Iron Financial Orioles Monday evening in the second game of a best-of-three series against the upstart Berlinsville Braves.
The Braves could hardly answer, save for a solo home run by their player/manager Cody Krupa. Meanwhile, the Orioles jumped on starting pitcher Tyler Svetik early and gradually pulled away for an 8-1 victory.
The Orioles sweep the series and eliminated the Braves from the league tournament, the best season in Berlinsville’s history.
There is no secret how tough the Orioles batters can be.
“They’re the best hitting team in the league,” said Krupa. “No mistake about that.”
The top five batters in the Orioles’ batting order were especially lethal, accounting for 10 of the club’s 12 hits. The Orioles belted three home runs and three doubles.
Tyler Sweeny had three hits, Ryan Bonshak doubled and singled, Zack Delp slammed a three-run homer and doubled, hard-hitting Matt Tenaglia belted a double, a solo home run and drove in three runs, and Mike Amaike added a single. The other two hits came from the No. 9 hole, where Connor Lafferty uncorked a solo home run and a single.
“As you can see, we are a very good hitting team,” said Orioles manager Dave Stoudt. “We got guys that can drive it. Tenaglia is such a tough hitter. He took off last season and came back this year. He’s having a great season for us.”
The visitors went to work in their first at-bat when Bonshak doubled and Sweeny singled before Delp homered for a quick-strike three-run lead.
“It’s tough playing catch up against a very good team like they are,” said Krupa. “Once we got down, they had the (momentum) and we never could recover.”
The O’s offense did go limp for a pair of innings before pushing across a tainted run in the fourth. They then put the game away by scoring twice in the fifth, and getting solo home runs by Lafferty in the sixth and Tenaglia in the seventh.
Krupa’s home run came in the fourth. The skipper smashed his one-out homer to left, which jumped off the bat in a hurry. Colin McGovey and Bryan Reagle added back-to-back singles as Berlinsville put some thunder in the air. But lightning never struck again as winning pitcher Buck Schwab, a Lehigh University pitcher, wiggled free of trouble.
“We had a terrific season,” said Krupa. “It was the first time in nine years that Berlinsville made the playoffs. Maybe next season we will win a few more postseason games.”
BAILING ‘EM OUT ... Both defenses came up with double plays to help get out of potential big innings. The Braves turned a 6-4-3 double play in the third. The Orioles turned a 6-3 DP in the fifth.
BY THE NUMBERS ... Berlinsville managed just five hits, two from Krupa. The Braves finished 16-16 on the season. The game ended in 1-hour and 59 minutes.
Orioles 300 121 1 – 8 12 0
Braves 000 100 0 – 1 5 1
Schwab, Fink (7) and Pacchioli; T. Svetik, Z. Svetik (6) and Muller. W – Schwab. L – T. Svetik. HR: Orioles - Delp (1st, two on); Lafferty (6th, none on); Tenaglia (7th, none on). Braves - Krupa (4th, none on).