Dave Wojeski / For The Recorder 6/18/2014 Amsterdam Assignment DiBlasi second baseman Israel Gonzalez prepares to tag out St. Mary's Healthcare baserunner Devon Wilson in a fielders choiceduring their youth baseball minor leaque playoff game on Wednesday evening at Isabel's Field.
Dave Wojeski / For The Recorder 6/18/2014 Amsterdam Assignment DiBlasi's KJ Constantino jumps back from an inside pitch during their youth baseball minor leaque playoff game against St. Mary's Healthcare on Wednesday evening at Isabel's Field.
By ADAM SHINDER
It was a dream start for St. Mary's Healthcare against DiBlasi Insurance in the opening round of the Amsterdam Youth Baseball League Minors Division playoffs, but for a team that managed just two wins during the regular season, nothing was going to come easy.
Led by the bat of Lorezno Bottisti, St. Mary's held a 10-run lead by the time three innings were complete and looked to be well on their way to a berth in the semifinals, but a sustained rally brought DiBlasi back within one run late before a couple insurance runs and some clutch pitching from Anthony DeRosa helped St. Mary's hold on for a wild, 13-10 victory Wednesday at Isabel's Field.
"It really was a tale of two games," said St. Mary's Healthcare coach Paul Perez. "They battled and battled and battled."
Bottisti played the biggest role in staking St. Mary's to its early 11-1 lead. From his cleanup spot, he came up with the bases loaded in each of the first two innings, both times launching doubles that ended up with the bases cleared. He went on to score runs in each of those innings, and also added an RBI groundout in the third.
Darren Perez added an RBI fielder's choice and both DeRosa and Walker Peterson contributed bases-loaded walks to bring in runs during the early surge for St. Mary's, but when DiBlasi brought on Michael Magliocca to pitch in the fourth inning, the charge suddenly stopped.
Magliocca recorded nine strikeouts over three innings, allowing his team to claw its way back into the game and greatly impressing the opposing coach.
"I can't say enough about their pitching staff in the second half of the game," Paul Perez said. "Mike Magliocca was just about unhittable."
While Magliocca stemmed the tide on the mound, DiBlasi started its rally in the bottom of the third inning with a five-run burst, highlighted by Ryan Hotaling's two-run triple. An Israel Gonzalez RBI groundout brought home another run in the fourth, then Hotaling smashed another two-run triple in the fifth before scoring on Brady Foss' groundout to pull within a run at 11-10.
St. Mary's added two insurance runs in the top of the sixth as a bases-loaded walk brought in Trevon Joyner for his fourth run of the game and DeRosa scored when Lyshawn Mnally reached on a fielder's choice. In the bottom of the sixth, DiBlasi got the tying run to the plate with one out, but DeRosa got two straight strikeouts to close out the win and send St. Mary's into Friday's semifinals against the top-seeded Jr. Mohawks.
"We were able to hold on at the end," Paul Perez said. "Anthony DeRosa was our pitcher at the end and he threw two great innings for us. We were able to pull out the win, and we're happy to be moving on."
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