June 4, 2012
ML Playoff Game 1

Baker Printing 5
Moppert Brothers 4


The ML playoffs opened Monday night with one of the best played games this entire season! The game featured spectacular defensive plays, fantastic pitching, aggressive base running, timely hitting, a rain delay, a ton of excitement along with another come from behind "walk off" victory for first place Baker Printing.

Ryan Duplicki and Danny Maguire both started on the mound for their teams. Duplicki held Moppert hitless for 2 innings while striking out 4 batters. Maguire did the same through 2 innings yielding just 1 hit and stranding a few Baker runners. In the top of the 3rd, Mike Matteo and Chris Rosini hit singles off Duplicki. Jimmy Bauwens then delivered a 1 out single to score Rosini and Matteo to give Moppert a 2-0 lead. Baker responded in the bottom of the 3rd. Brendan Schramm crushed a sure line drive double to left center when short stop Chris "J Roll" Rosini stretched out and caught the ball going toward center field in what may have been the defensive play of the season! It looked like it wasn't going to be Baker's night as Ryan Duplicki stepped up with 2 outs and nobody on. He drilled a double to left and then Baker got its 1st break of the night when Justin Ross hit a line drive to right field that got past the right fielder and went to the fence. Duplicki scored and Justin used his speed and long strides to beat out a close relay play at the plate to tie the score at 2-2.

After a scoreless 4th inning, the rain started and the game was delayed for 30 minutes. Brendan Schramm relieved Duplicki on the mound. He struck out the 1st batter and struck out leadoff hitter Chris Rosini when he chased a curve ball. However, the ball scooted away from catcher Brian Virbitsky and Rosini was safe at 1B thanks to the new drop 3rd strike rule. Danny Maguire delivered a single to left field. Jimmy Bauwens then high a foul ball pop up near short right field that Ryan Duplicki managed to catch with an over the shoulder grab. Rosini aggressively tagged up and headed for 3rd. The ball came back in and scooted away from 3rd base allowing Rosini to score and Maguire to alertly move up to 3B. A single by Evan Fooks brought home Maguire for a 4-2 lead.

Baker came back in the bottom of the 5th to tie the game thanks to back to back RBI singles by Zak Summy and Jeffrey Lunger. Brendan Schramm struck out the 1st two batters in the 6th and Jeffery Lunger snared a sharply hit line drive by Mike Matteo to leave Michael Hussey stranded at 1B. Chris Rosini took the hill in the bottom of the 6th to try to keep the game tied. He struck out the 1st batter but Luke Lombardi and Brian Virbitsky both reached base. Brendan Schramm then drilled another rocket line drive that was caught with a great defensive play by Jimmy Bauwens at 2B who nearly turned a double play on Lombardi who alertly scampered back to 2B. That set the stage for Ryan Duplicki to be the hero as he stepped up and delivered a walk off single to right field scoring Lombardi with the winning run.

Duplicki and Schramm combined to strike out 13 Moppert batters while not allowing a single walk. Danny Maguire pitched a fantastic game as well holding the Baker offense to just 5 hits in 5 innings. Maguire made 3 nice plays at the mound that helped keep Baker from scoring.

Pitch Counts:
     Duplicki 62
     Schramm 34

     Maguire 88
     Rosini 10

Umpires: Holland & Holland