Sunday, April 5, 2015

Manhattan Sweeps St. Peter's

Mickayla Romero delivered the winner in game two
Manhattan 18
St. Peter's 1 (5)

Manhattan 2
St. Peter's 1

The Manhattan Lady Jaspers swept the St. Peter's Peacocks in a MAAC doubleheader Saturday at windy Gaelic Park in Riverdale, New York.

In the third inning of game one, with the bases loaded, MAAC hitting leader Elena Bowman of Manhattan was intentionally walked. Yes, you read that right...a free run was given for fear of a grand slam home run being hit by the player who has seemingly gotten into the heads of MAAC coaches. Jenn Vazquez was the beneficiary, as she blasted a home run following this. Stephanie Reinhardt had preceded this incident with a grand slam home run herself, and the shell shocked Peacocks did not want an immediate repeat, so they walked Elena. This was all part of an 11 run inning barrage by Manhattan, as they easily cruised to victory. The Lady Jaspers hit seven home runs in the run rule shortened game. Jenn Vazquez added another blast; Anna Crowley, Amanda Paxson, Sydney Weedon and Mickayla Romero also homered in the 10-1 win.

Speaking of Mickayla Romero, the third baseman is having a tremendous senior season which may have gone a bit unnoticed due to Elena Bowman's epic year. But it shouldn't go unnoticed - she has delivered many big hits for Manhattan, including the winning home run in game two of this doubleheader, which was a much different game than the one preceding it. St. Peter's, to their credit, came out strong and took the lead with a first inning solo home run by Taylor Corretjer. They got very good pitching from Alyssa Ruiz, who held the Lady Jaspers to just two runs, one of them coming as a result of a bases loaded walk to Jenn Vazquez in the bottom of the first inning. Manhattan couldn't get the go ahead run until the fifth inning, when Mickayla Romero led off with her homer. Briana Matazinsky earned the win for Manhattan, striking out five. On a side note: in the doubleheader, senior Amanda Paxson was hit by pitch for the 50th time in her career...ouch!

Manhattan is 4-0 in the MAAC; St. Peter's fell to 0-6.

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