Tonights post comes after a looooooooooooooooooooong day in the sun at Sunoco Field in Philadelphia. I know, that sounds ridiculous, but the field is legitimately named Sunoco Field. Don’t they have enough money? Anywho, the Philly Bandits got off to a great start to the season with today’s double header. Since I’m the pitching coach, we’ll start there. We had 6 guys throw for us today.
Beau Fleming (RHP Conwell Egan Catholic ’12) got things started on the right foot for the Bandits. Beau pounded the strike zone with veteran like efficiency, throwing 41 pitches through 3 innings, surrendering only 1 earned run. He was followed by Alec Lashkevich (LHP North Penn ’12) who came out of the gate on FIRE. He retired the side in order, with 2 K’s, in his first inning of work. He ran into some control issues during his second inning of work, but remained composed, and escaped the inning with only 2 runs surrendered. Lucas Glovas-Kurtz (RHP Council Rock South ’12) came on in the 6th. He struggled mightily through the first 3 hitters, but settled in to retire the final 2 outs in order, after giving up 3 runs, all earned. Adam Seibert (RHP West Chester Rustin ’13) came out for the final inning of Game 1 with moxy. The 6’6″ righty worked a bagel in the 7th to get the Bandits back to the plate with a chance to tie.
On the hitting side of things, the offensive attack was led by 2 Homeruns by Corey Capaldi (3B,OF Souderton ’12) and 1 Homerun by Danny Rosenbaum (3B,RHP Chestnut Hill Academy ’12). The stacked Bandits lineup had multiple hits from Brett McCrossen (MIF,OF Archbishop Wood ’13), Eddie Posavec (C, North Penn ’13), JT Crits (1B,OF Wissahickon ’12), Mark Maksimow (RHP,OF Notre Dame ’12), Ryan Otis (OF, LaSalle College High School ’12), and Steven Wells (OF,1B The Hun School ’13).
In game 2, Ricky Dennis (RHP, Central Bucks South ’13) had his swag on. The 6’7″ righty blanked the Philadelphia Senators through 3 innings, giving up his only run of the day in the 4th. He was followed by Mark Dougherty (LHP, Lower Moreland ’13), who held the Senators to 0 runs during the final innings to wrap up the 11-1 victory for the Bandits.
To keep it short and sweet for the hitters in Game 2, the entire lineup raked. Corey Capaldi paced the Bandits with his 3rd Homerun on the day, while the rest of the lineup followed suit, with every Bandit reaching base during game 2.
It was a great start to the season today. The best thing the boys did wasn’t the scoreboard or statistics at the end of the day. The best thing the boys did was play as a team. That can go far in a season that’s as long as ours. Stay tuned as this team full of intangibles works it’s tail off through the summer grind. We play the Philly Angels @ Neumann University tomorrow at 10:30 AM, so I’m checking out. Check in tomorrow for Day 2 of the Summer Season!