The Dolphins bounced back today after suffering two losses to SUNY Cortland yesterday and swept the Bears, 7-3, and, 4-0. With the pair of wins the Dolphins improve to, 12-9, while the Bears fall to 11-14 overall.
A majority of the Dolphin runs came in the second inning in which they were able to cross home plate four times. Staten Island found two players in scoring position after they were both walked and advanced on a sacrifice bunt by Greg Manassa. With Glenn Glennerster on third, Frank Sconzo laid down the squeeze bunt and was able to reach first via a fielder’s choice as they tried to get Glennerster out at home but the throw was not in time. The throw also found its way passed the catcher which allowed Joe Palmeri to score as well. Sconzo would not be stranded as Bobby Dranke hit a single through the left side and allowed Sconzo to cross the plate and give the Dolphins a, 3-0, lead. The Dolphins continued to use what was working as the Bears’ defense was playing on their heels, Nick Delprete laid down another sacrifice bunt which brought home Drake for the final run of the inning.
Manassa continued his great team play the following inning and didn’t allow Glennerster to be stranded on third as he crushed a deep shot to center field which scored Glennerester for the lone run in the third inning.
Jeff Manzi started on the mound for the Dolphins in game one and was able to keep the Bears scoreless through four innings until CSI committed its first error of the game when Elijah Rodriguez threw it just a bit low for the first baseman and was not able to scoop it out of the dirt which allowed the runner to reach second. McKenna who was already on the bags via a double down the left field line came home on that misthrow by Rodriguez.
The Dolphins would answer the Bears’ run with two of their own and seal the deal for the Dolphins as the Bears were unable to claw back from the early deficit.
Elijah Rodriguez got the Dolphins on the board first in game two with a home run over the left center wall for his second home run of the season. CSI would add to their lead after they secured three straight singles with Glenn Glennerster’s bringing home Frank Smith from second base to give the Dolphins a, 2-0 lead.
Both teams would remain scoreless until the bottom of the sixth where Joe Palmeri would belt one over the left field wall to increase the Dolphin lead to, 4-0.
Mike Fitzpatrick got the win and shutout on the mound for the Dolphins today.