Lucas played an exciting game against #2-seeded Angelo’s Pizza tonight, a nail-biter to the end (and made me hoarse in the process!).
Jumping out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the 1st, they turned around and gave up 3 runs in the bottom of the inning. The next 2 innings were scoreless as good pitching and excellent defense prevented either team from scoring. In the top of the 4th, Lucas eked out 2 more runs to take the lead, 4-3. They then held Angelo’s scoreless in the inning and put one more across in the top of the 5th, in what appeared to be icing on the cake.
Such was not the case, as Angelo’s wasn’t giving up that easy. Taking advantage of some small miscues and some well-placed hitting, Angelo’s scored twice to tie the game at 5 going into the top of the 6th and final inning.
With one out, Kristen Teleha drove a double to left field and scored the tie-breaking run on a hard hit single by Ricardo Marrero. Angelo’s retired the next 2 hitters, and then had their turn at the plate.
Mark Krasienko took the mound for the second consecutive inning, the team’s ‘closer’. An error allowed the first batter to reach first. Mark then beared down and struck out the next two hitters. With 2 outs, Angelo’s’ 4th hitter drove the ball to shallow left, and the fielders were after it. With the runner rounding second and having been given the green light to 3rd, Luke Krasienko came up with the ball, and the footrace was on. Luke got ahead of the runner and put the tag on as he slid into 3rd base. The umpire punched the air, signaling the third out, and a championship berth for Lucas Plumbing.
Getting 2 hits or more in the game were Mark Krasienko with 3; Kristen Teleha and Ricardo Marrero with 2 apiece. Mark, Kristen and Ricardo each had a double as one of their hits as well. The winning pitcher was Mark Krasienko and the Game Winning RBI was credited to Ricardo Marrero.
Celebrating the victory, Coach Tony Krasienko treated the players and their families to pizza at where else? Angelo’s Pizza!!
Lucas will play a best-of-3 series this weekend against the winner of a playoff game between Personal Stitch and Angelo’s Pizza.