Game 9
Great Lakes
 2 vs. Southeast 7
Saturday, August 16, 2003
8:00PM ET
Nobody messes with De Jesus
A Richie De Jesus bomb gets Boynton Beach’s offense going

by David Graham-Caso
Special Correspondent

Because of a thunder storm that would have made Noah nervous, the Pool A showdown between Tallmadge, Ohio and Boynton Beach, Florida was rescheduled from Saturday evening to Sunday morning. The clouds parted as the sun rose and the diligent grounds keeping crews were able to prepare Volunteer field in time for the 10 a.m. scheduled start.

Boynton Beach’s offense exploded for 7 runs in front of 2,875 at Volnteer stadium Sunday to improve their pool play record to 2-0. Tallmadge fell to 0-2.

Boynton shortstop Michael Broad nearly gave his team the early 1-0 lead in the top of the first. Broad drove a Nick Thompson offering deep to right field, only to have Tallmadge right fielder Andrew Volcheck snatch the ball out of the air as it was about to sail beyond the wall. The web-gem ended the inning with the score level.

Boynton’s next at bat was lead off by clean-up man Richie De Jesus. De Jesus sent a line shot to center that was not only out of the reach of the Tallmadge outfield, but over the heads of the gallery sitting 10 feet beyond the wall.

“I have not been hitting so well,” De Jesus said. “But the coaches helped me straighten out my swing and I guess it worked.”

R.J. Neal also crossed home in the second. With Neal on third and one out, Benny Townend sent a two-strike pitch back up the middle. The grounder was gloved by Thompson, who tossed the ball to first to get Townend. Neal broke for home, and barely slid around the tag of catcher Jake Jamieson, scoring the second run of the game for Boynton Beach.

De Jesus nearly struck again, this time in the third inning. With the bases full, De Jesus sent an opposite field blast deep to right. The ball bounced off of the top of the wall and back into play. Only one run came across on the long single.

“I thought is was a pop fly,” the slugger said.

Tallmadge manager Randy Keen pulled his starter in favor of Matt Keen after De Jesus’s RBI single. It took Keen a few pitches to find his control, and a wild pitch plated Broad. After the wild pitch, Keen got out of the jam by striking out Neal and inducing Cody Emerson to line out to short. The pair of runs in the third extended the Boynton Beach lead to 4-0.

Florida pitcher Cody Emerson had Tallmadge guessing all day. The junk ball-throwing lefty allowed only two hits in his complete game victory.

“We have faced curveballs through our district, state and regionals,” Great Lakes skipper Randy Keen said. “But now we are seeing the best curveballs in the world.”

Tallmadge got one run back in their half of the third. With runners at the corners and two outs, a Broad error at short allowed special pinch runner D.J. Radcliffe to come home.

Florida tallied two more runs in their next ups. A single and a pair of walks loaded the bases for Jordan Irene. Irene hit a weak grounder to third, which Joe Cochran fielded cleanly. Cochran turned to gun the lead runner at home, but air-mailed Jamieson. The over-throw brought in two Boynton base runners. Keen again stopped the bleeding, striking out Broad and getting De Jesus to fly out to left.

“Joe is one of the guys that got us here, so I don’t want to point any fingers” Keen said. “But that play really took the wind out of our sails.”

After Boynton added another run in the top of the fifth, Tallmadge’s Thompson sent a solo blast over the left-centerfield fence to bring his squad to within five runs.

The scoreboard would remain stagnant for the remainder of the game, giving Boynton the win. The 7-2 victory improves Boynton Beach to 2-0 in pool play and virtually assures them a spot in the single elimination round. Tallmadge next takes on Richland, Washington on Monday at Volunteer Stadium.


US Great Lakes - Tallmadge(Home) vs. US Southeast - East Boynton Beach(Visitor)
Aug 17 2003 10:09 AM To 11:57 AM Volunteer Stadium, So. Williamsport, Pa.

Game Scoring By Inning:

1
2
3
4
5
6
R
H
E
US Southeast - East Boynton Beach
0
2
2
2
1
0
7
6
2
US Great Lakes - Tallmadge
0
0
1
0
1
0
2
2
2

Home Team Box Score:
US Great Lakes - Tallmadge
POS
AB
R
H
RBI
AP
As
PO
E
Keen, Matt
2b-p
3
0
0
0
3
2
0
0
Thompson, Nick
p-ss
2
1
1
1
3
1
1
0
Jamieson, Jake
c
2
0
0
0
3
0
5
0
Pakan, Paul
lf-2b
3
0
0
0
3
2
1
0
Volcheck, Andrew
rf
2
0
0
0
2
0
1
0
Patrick, Jake
ss-cf
2
0
0
0
3
0
3
1
Payne, Andrew
1b
1
0
0
0
1
0
3
0
Powelson, Andrew
cf-lf
2
0
0
0
2
0
1
0
Williams, A.J.
3b
1
0
0
0
1
1
0
0
Cochran, Joe
3b
1
0
1
0
1
0
0
1
Mays, Jake
1b
2
0
0
0
2
0
2
0
Radcliffe, D.J.
dr-rf
1
1
0
0
1
0
1
0
Totals
22
2
2
1
25
6
18
2

Visiting Team Box Score:
US Southeast - East Boynton Beach
POS
AB
R
H
RBI
AP
As
PO
E
Travis, Devon
c
4
1
1
0
4
0
9
0
Irene, Jordan
1b
4
1
1
0
4
0
7
0
Broad, Michael
ss
4
0
0
0
4
2
0
2
DeJesus, Richie
3b
3
1
2
2
3
3
0
0
Neal, R.J.
cf
2
2
1
0
3
0
0
0
Emerson, Cody
p
3
0
0
0
3
0
0
0
Townend, Benny
lf
3
1
1
2
3
0
0
0
Overton, Matt
rf
2
1
0
0
3
0
2
0
Sabatino, Ricky
2b
1
0
0
0
1
1
0
0
Weaver, Andrew

0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Mullen, Patrick
ph-2b
0
0
0
0
2
0
0
0
Totals
26
7
6
4
30
6
18
2

Winning Pitcher: Emerson, Cody Losing Pitcher: Thompson, Nick
IP
R
ER
ERA
H
K
BB
HP
TP
KP
BP
US Great Lakes - Tallmadge
Thompson, Nick
2.3
4
4
10.29
5
0
0
0
37
23
14
Keen, Matt
3.7
3
0
0.00
1
4
3
1
64
35
29
US Southeast - East Boynton Beach
Emerson, Cody
6.0
2
1
1.00
2
8
2
1
89
51
38
ERA computed assuming 6 innings per game
 
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