Up and down season continues for Holyoke Blue Sox

July 10, 2013
HOLYOKE – The Holyoke Blue Sox' up and down season has continued, leaving the team hovering around .500 on the season.

Despite a solid performance from Nicolas Sanchez on the mound on July 8, errors proved costly for the Blue Sox in a 4-3 loss to the Danbury Westerners.

Danbury scored its first three runs in the first two innings thanks to an error, a wild pitch and a sacrifice fly.

Sanchez finished the game going seven innings giving up four runs on three hits, six walks and five strikeouts.

Holyoke pushed across three runs in the third inning to tie the ballgame up.

Justin Morhardt got the scoring going with his second home run of the season, making it 3-1.

Later in the frame a pair of RBI singles from Joel Fisher, scoring Jason Lombardozzi, and Joseph Carcone, scoring Vahn Bozoian, tied up the game at three apiece.

Danbury pitcher Steven Green kept the Blue Sox at bay the rest of the game and the Westerners' Daniel Spingola hit what turned out to be the game-winning home run in the bottom of the inning.

The day before, the Blue Sox earned a 4-1 win against the New Bedford Bay Sox.

The Blue Sox got the scoring going early as Jacob Bruce, who doubled earlier in the first inning, scored on a throwing error by Bay Sox starter Nick Friar.

With the bases loaded in the third, the Blue Sox would capitalize as Brendan Hendriks's two-RBI single that drove in Bruce and Sal Annuniziata to give Holyoke a 3-0 lead.

That would be all Blue Sox starter Michael Burke would need as he threw seven innings giving up just one run on 10 hits while striking out eight.

Vahn Bozoian tacked on an insurance run in the fifth inning with his second home run of the season.

On July 5, the Blue Sox jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the first six innings on their way to a 6-3 win over the Keene Swamp Bats.

Justin Morhardt led all Holyoke hitters with a 3-for-4 day at the plate with a home run, three RBI and two runs scored, Jordan Hillyer got the win on the hill for the Blue Sox, allowing three runs over 6.2 innings while striking out five. Hampden's Bryan Goossens threw two scoreless innings of relief and Bruce nailed down the save by getting the final out with two men on.

Four errors including a two-run mistake in the ninth on the Fourth of July, led to 6-4 loss to Danbury.

The Blue Sox struck first in the first frame, taking advantage of early jitters by Danbury starter Cam Hatch to plate a pair. Second baseman Joseph Carcone led off with a double and eventually scored on a sacrifice fly Annunziata, and Bruce, who had singled to put Carcone on third, was brought in by a single by third baseman Brendan Hendriks.

In the third, Danbury scored their first of the game, as Eric Yavarone singled, advanced further on another single, and then came home on a sacrifice fly by Greg Pezzuto.

In the fifth, Annunziata led off by being hit by a pitch, and promptly stole second. That allowed him to score when leftfielder Joel Fisher stroked a single to left to re-establish a two-run advantage.

In the seventh, the defense began to unravel for Holyoke. After a leadoff walk to Daniel Spignola, an error by Hendriks allowed him to reach third and batter Alex Tuccio to reach first; Spignola scored on a wild pitch and then Tuccio reached home on a single by Christopher Riopedre.

Holyoke regained the lead in the eighth on an error by the Westerners. After right fielder Grant Heyman ripped a two-out double, Carcone singled up the middle. Heyman scored on the play when the throw from center reached the backstop.

The final frame would prove to be the most costly to Holyoke. A pair of leadoff singles put runners on for the Westerners, and after a ground ball put them in scoring position, Riley Palmer hit a short fly to left.

Jonathan Testani scored on the play as the throw from left came up well short. Then, the Westerners loaded the bases on back-to-back walks, the first intentional, bringing up Tuccio. He hit a one-hopper to first that was mishandled by Annunziata, allowing two runs to score.

Holyoke could not get a runner on in the ninth and fell by the 6-4 final.

Blue Sox starter Jordan Kutzer went 7.1 innings, allowing three runs – one earned – on six hits with two walks and four strikeouts.

Taking the loss was Ben Rakus, who was charged with two runs – one earned – on two hits in his inning of work. The winner for Danbury was Ryan Carter, who needed just nine pitches for a perfect ninth that included two strikeouts.

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