Game 11
New England
2 vs. Northwest 1
Sunday, August 17, 2003
3:00PM ET

Saugus plays soggy, but improves to 2-0
Team advances to semi-final round

By Mark Rogoff
Special Correspondent

Sometimes winning ugly is OK. After all, a win is a win.

Saugus’s 2-1 triumph over Richland, WA Sunday afternoon in front of 9,650 at Lamade Stadium wasn’t exactly pretty. Errors, and runners getting doubled off the bases slowed the Saugus All-Stars’ winning effort. But they were able to walk away with a victory that ensured themselves of a spot in either Wednesday’s or Thursday’s United States semi-final contests.

“At times we played very well; at times we didn’t play very well,” said Saugus head coach Rob Rochenski. “The defense was getting a little too fancy there. We gave them quite a few outs. We haven’t had a game like that in a while.”

That defense committed 5 errors to be exact, but making the plays when they had to and clutch pitching by starter Matthew Muldoon sealed Washington’s fate.

With Saugus up 2-1 in the bottom of the 6th and Richland closing in on tying – or winning – the game with one out and runners on 2nd and 3rd, Muldoon struck out Eric Yardley with a fastball at the eyes, and then induced Kelly Castleberry to ground out to second baseman Joseph Kasabuski for the final out.

“I thought that if I don’t catch it, I’m going to get ‘boo’ed,” Kasabuski said.

“He didn’t have his best stuff early,” Rochenski said of Muldoon. “It’s a sign of a good pitcher that he can come through and still pitch well and still pitch hard.”

Yano Petruzzelli’s RBI ground out to 3rd in the top half of the 6th proved to be the game winner. The grounder scored David Ferreira, who led off the frame with a walk, and then advanced to 2nd on Tyler Grillo’s single and to 3rd on a wild pitch.

Tyler Calla’s bases-loaded walk in the 2nd brought home Saugus’s first run. Two base-on-balls and Tyler Grillo’s perfectly executed drag bunt down the first-base line had filled the sacks.

Saugus did leave the bases loaded that inning, and failed to crack open the game on 2 other occasions as well. The Massachusetts state champs put the ball in play all afternoon, not striking out once in 28 plate appearances.

“We usually get double that in one game,” Kasabuski said in reference to the 4 runs Saugus has scored in 2 games at Williamsport. “They’ve all been tough games.”

Muldoon had also faced a bases-loaded situation in the 5th, but got out of it when Cody Shepherd grounded to Kasabuski, who flipped the ball to Scuzzarella, who was covering 2nd.

“I just tried to throw strikes and get people out,” Muldoon said.

Added Rochenski: “Matt’s a good pitcher. He’s intimidating out there.”

Washington hitters certainly didn’t mail it in, putting those runners in scoring positions multiple times.

“I fully expected us to bust it wide open,” said Washington manager Bob Jacobs. “We liked our chances in those situations, but we didn’t get it done today.

“(Muldoon) had some good heat. We didn’t get the barrel of the bat around on those swings. Hats off to him.”

The Richland All-Stars fell to 0-2 in Pool A play while Saugus improved to 2-0. Monday night’s match-up featuring Saugus and Boynton Beach will be for first-place honors.


US Northwest - Richland National (Home) vs. US New England - Saugus Amer. (Visitor)
Aug 17 2003 3:11 PM To 5:12 PM Lamade Stadium, So. Williamsport, Pa.

Game Scoring By Inning:

1
2
3
4
5
6
R
H
E
US New England - Saugus Amer.
0
1
0
0
0
1
2
5
5
US Northwest - Richland National
0
0
0
0
0
1
1
4
1
 

Home Team Box Score:

US Northwest - Richland National
POS
AB
R
H
RBI
AP
As
PO
E
Jacobs, Brett
p-ss
3
0
1
0
3
2
1
0
Sikes, Trent
c
2
0
0
0
3
0
1
0
Shepherd, Cody
3b
3
0
0
0
3
3
4
0
Rowe, Jamison
cf
3
1
1
0
3
0
1
0
Jacobs, Daniel
2b
3
0
0
0
3
2
3
0
Stumetz, Kyle
1b-p
2
0
1
0
3
3
4
0
Zorich, Quinn
lf
3
0
0
0
3
0
1
0
Yardley, Eric
rf
3
0
1
0
3
1
1
1
Castleberry, Kelly
ss-1b
2
0
0
0
3
1
1
0
Campbell, Kyle
dr-1b
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
Hood, Evan
lf
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Sorensen, Bracken
lf
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Totals
24
1
4
0
27
12
18
1
 

Visiting Team Box Score:

US New England - Saugus Amer.
POS
AB
R
H
RBI
AP
As
PO
E
Cole, Craig
cf
4
0
0
0
4
0
1
0
Pizzano, Dario
rf
2
0
1
0
3
0
1
0
Kasabuski, Joseph
2b
3
0
1
0
3
5
3
0
Muldoon, Matthew
p
2
1
0
0
3
1
0
1
Ferreira, David
lf
2
1
1
0
3
0
0
0
Grillo, Tyler
1b
1
0
1
0
1
1
1
0
Petruzzelli, Sebastiano (Yano)
3b
1
0
0
1
3
2
0
1
Calla, Tyler
c
1
0
0
1
3
0
5
1
Scuzzarella, Michael
ss
2
0
0
0
3
1
1
1
Bateman, Ryan
lf
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
DiSciscio, Anthony
dr-1b
1
0
1
0
1
0
2
1
Sacco, Mark
1b
0
0
0
0
1
0
3
0
Totals
19
2
5
2
28
10
18
5
 

Winning Pitcher: Muldoon, Matthew Losing Pitcher: Jacobs, Brett

IP
R
ER
ERA
H
K
BB
HP
TP
KP
BP
US Northwest - Richland National
Jacobs, Brett
3.0
1
1
2.00
4
0
4
0
67
34
33
Stumetz, Kyle
3.0
1
1
2.00
1
0
3
0
37
20
17
US New England - Saugus Amer.
Muldoon, Matthew
6.0
1
1
1.00
4
5
1
0
94
66
28
 

ERA computed assuming 6 innings per game

Boxscore produced by Score-It: www.scoreit.com

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