Under sunny skies on Saturday morning at CV Park, the teams of Trotta Flooring, led by Chris Oliver, and Zeke’s Smokehouse, managed by Mark Simon, took to the field.
Trotta was undefeated going into the game with a 2-0 record. Russell Simon took the mound for Zeke’s and faced 10 batters. He struck out two but gave up five runs.
Reece LoCicero, the lead batter up for Trotta, swung and connected with the first pitch of the game to start a five-run rally for his team. Zack Peterson, the starting pitcher for Trotta, struck out two and gave up one run as Trotta headed into the second inning with a four run lead.
The second inning had John Gelsinger on the mound for Zeke’s. He struck out two and, with the help of his fielders, did not allow any further runs to score.
In the bottom of the third with time running out, Zeke’s was up to bat for the last time. At the top of the lineup, William Allen and Julian Alday got base hits. Hudson Story came up to bat with two men on and hit a three-run homerun to bring Zeke’s to within one of tying the score.
Next up was Russell Simon who hit a solo homerun up the middle to tie the score at 5. With one out, Corey Scoggins got on base with a single and was advanced to third base with Ben Emery’s hit. With the winning run in scoring position, Edward Montoya took to the plate with a full count. He connected and the Zeke’s stands went wild when Corey Scoggins crossed home to give Zeke’s a 6 to 5 win after what was a very slow start for the team.
Submitted by Mark SIMON