June 9, 2012
ML Playoff Game 8

Advocare CMA    8

Patriot Construction    7


Advocare and Patriot played one of the most exciting games of the year yesterday with some late game heroics with two homeruns in the 6th inning proving to be the difference.


Advocare took a 2-0 lead after the top of the 1st inning after Zach Cimino blasted a 2 run HR to deep center. The lead was short lived however as Patriot scored 4 times in the bottom of the 1st and added 2 more runs in the 2nd inning to take a commanding 6-2 lead after 2 innings.


Advocare added a run in the 3rd and both teams scored once in the 4th inning making the score 7-4 in favor of Patriot. That would remain the score until the 6th inning as it appeared that Patriot had the game in hand but Advocare never say die attitude paid off with some fireworks in the 6th inning. Advocare's first batter of the last frame grounded out to shortstop. CJ Johnson then rocked a solo HR to leftfield for his 2nd HR of the game. Dan Crossan then belted a double down the leftfield line but Advocare's next batter popped out. Down to their last out Jared Brower drew a walk to out 2 men on and 2 outs. Zach Cimino stepped to the plate and hit a towering 3 run HR to left centerfield for a 8-7 lead; Advocare's first lead since the top of the 1st inning. Eric McLaughlin with ice water in his veins came in for the save keeping Patriot off the board despite having to face the top of Patriot's order.

Highlights for Advocare:

     Jack Kichula pitched 4 1/3 innings, 5 hits, 5 Ks and 2 BBs

     CJ Johnson retired both batters he faced (1 K)

     Eric McLaughlin pitched a scoreless 6th inning

     Zach Cimino 3-4 (2 HRs) and 5 RBIs

     CJ Johnson 2-2 (2 HRs)
     One hit apiece for

        Dan Crossan (double)

        Jack Kichula

        Jared Brower (double and 3 runs scored)

        Eric McLaughlin

        Nick Corrado

        Luke Bauwens

Highlights for Patriot:

       Sam Brown pitched 3 and 2/3 innings, 5 hits, 4 Ks and 4 BBs


      Fred Potts 3-4 (triple and 2 runs scored)
      Sam Brown 2-3

      Dylan Bittle (hit and run scored)

      Naz Lennon (single)

      James McGinnis (2 runs scored)


Pitch Counts:


     Kichula 85

     Johnson 15


     DiRita 11
     Castaldi 62