*NEW YORK * PENN LEAGUE*
(Pickney Division Champs)
Staten Island Yankees
(McNamara Division Champs)
UPDATE: Series Goes Final;
STATEN ISLAND YANKEES SWEEP AUBURN DOUBLEDAYS IN TWO GAMES FOR TEAM'S SIXTH TITLE
GAME ONE: Yankees @ Auburn
STATEN IS. 9
The Yankees bused it up to Auburn on Monday, then played the part of rude guests, offering only a
9-2 drubbing of their hosts in exchange for one night's lodging at the local inn.
Game One started out as a close affair through the first four innings as Staten Island and the Auburn Doubledays played to a 1-1 tie. Then the Baby Bombers started incrementally tacking-on to a 2-1 lead given to them by Angelo Gumbs' tie breaking home run in the fifth inning to set the Yankees on their way.
A run in the sixth and two more in the eighth put the Yankees ahead 5-2. Then Staten Island ensured themselves a happy bus ride home with four more runs in the ninth inning to make it a 9-2 final.
Six players drove in runs for Staten Island as they pounded out twelve hits. Eight of nine Yankees starters hit safely. Nick McCoy; Tyler Austin; and Casey Stevenson; combined on 6/13 batting;
3 runs; 3 rbi.
On the hill, Yankees Manager; Tom Slater; played match-ups and went through six pitchers to keep the Doubledays limited to two runs and eight hits. Taylor Morton started; pitching 4.2 innings. But with one inning pitched, Wilton Rodriguez was credited with the win in relief.
GAME TWO: Doubledays @ Staten Island
STATEN IS. 2
For the second straight night, Staten Island's hurlers befuddled the Doubledays. This time, Auburn had no answer for Staten Island starter Matthew Tracy Tuesday night. For six innings, the Yankee pitcher posted zeroes on the scoreboard; while striking out four and allowing only three hits.
Zach Arneson was called in to relieve and pitched a scoreless seventh; walking one and striking out one. Philip Wetherell was brought in for the eighth inning and responded with another scoreless inning pitched.
The lone Yankee run of the night came on a home run blast to left field off the bat of Zachary Wilson; it came with two outs in the second inning. That's the way it stayed until Staten Island scored an insurance run in the eighth. Mason Williams led off the inning with a single and was later driven home on an RBI single by Tyler Austin.
It now became Brandon Pinder's job to protect Staten Island's two run lead and shut down the Auburn Doubledays in the ninth inning; ultimately closing this game and securing the Staten Island Yankees' sixth New York Penn League Championship.
And he did; but not without making it a nerve wracking affair first. A single; an error; and a sac fly brought the Doubledays within a run of tying the game. But Pinder was able to induce two ground ball outs to end this game, and allowing the celebration to commence. And..., Oh! - so sweetly for the locals, their Baby Bombers got to win on their home field.
Congratulations to the Staten Island Yankees; the Richmond County Baby Bombers; the 2011 New York Penn League Champions. And a special acknowledgement of this being your sixth title since the 2000 season.
It's been an exceptional run for our Brother from another Borough.
Let's Go Cyclones!