In their first rematch of last season’s championship game the Minkmen hosted the Schmoozers in game one of a (seven-inning) double-header at Dutchess Stadium. The Minkmen scored in the bottom of the first on a bases-loaded walk to Mark Garcia and never looked back, scoring 13 more runs in the game to improve to 3-0 on the season. Last minute starter, Sean Perret, tossed five scoreless innings to earn the win, Ryan Maxwell broke the game open on a bases-loaded double in the 4th, driving in three of his four RBI in the game.
For game two the teams switched home/away sides and the drama kicked in as the sun was beginning to set. Jason Barall’s two-run triple in the 4th gave the Schmoozers a lead that looked like they would not relinquish thanks to starter AJ Mulvey. Mulvey scattered five hits, struck out 10 and allowed only one run over the first six innings. The Schmoozers added two more runs in the bottom of the 5th to give them a 4-1 lead going into the 7th and final inning. D’Elia led off the inning with a double to give the Minkmen new life. Luigi Thode would drive in D’Elia to cut the lead to two. But now down to their last out, with Thode on first, Garcia drew a walk and Motta scrapped out an infield single to load the bases. Dan Monaco worked a full-count and then drove a ball to right-field where an error was made and Thode and Garcia scored to tie the game. Maxwell’s single then drove in the go-ahead runs in Motta and Monaco to give the Minkmen a 6-4 lead. Lenny Neslin struck out the side in the bottom of the 7th to seal the double-header sweep for the Minkmen.
The Mongos welcomed back the return of Scott Schacter after a year-long absence, putting him on the bump to start their game visiting the Bros. However the rust was maybe not so easy to knock-off as Schacter beaned three Bros with-in the first three innings, booting him from pitching any further in the game. The Mongos jumped out to an early 6-0 lead in the first but the Bros were able to tie the game (10-10) with four runs in the bottom of the 7th on RBI singles from Abe Teitelbaum and Scott Stefanek, and Harris Decker‘s bases-loaded walk. However, the Mongos bounced right back with two runs in the top of the 8th off the bat of Chris Williams‘ bases-loaded fielder’s choice and Scott Schittiano‘s RBI single. The Bros threatened in the bottom of the 9th, scoring a run and loading the bases, but Joe Farco came in to pitch and was able to get the one-out save.