Sloppy field and sloppy play, but VC Nats beat Yanks, 11-7
By Daniel Antonio Nuñez
In a game filled with walks and errors, the Van Cortlandt Baseball League’s Nationals defeated the Yankees 11-7 on Saturday.
The game started an hour and a half late because of poor field conditions from heavy rain the previous night. The delay seemed to have an effect on players as both teams seemed sluggish in the early innings.
The Nationals tacked on 5 runs in the bottom of the first, giving them a cushion they maintained for the entire game.
“We allowed too many walks and errors in the beginning,” Victor Velasquez, the Yankees’ shortstop, said after the game. “After that, we tightened up the defense and were more focus[ed].”
After the tough first inning, the Yankees bats started to pickup.
Third basemen Matthew Vasquez went 2 for 3 with an RBI and Jesse Alvarez was also 2 for 3 with 2 singles.
Despite the score, the defense for the Yankees often showed flurries, as Velasquez and centerfielder Gregory Ortiz both made tough plays to prevent Nationals’ runners from scoring.
After the National allowed 5 runs, Luis Castillo was put in to pitch in the fifth inning, striking out every Yankee batter he faced.
The Nats’ Diego Lebron went 4 for 5 for the game, crediting a new pre-game warm-up routine. He listened to music before the game and said he felt pumped and ready to go. He’s looking forward to doing the same before the team’s next game.
Kevin Seda of the Nats also had a strong game in the plate, going 2 for 2 with a walk and scoring a pair of runs.
Trebach Realty Animals drop 2 of 3 at home
The Trebach Realty Animals, the SRLL’s 12-years-old and under travel baseball team, played its final three games of the summer season in the Westchester Baseball Association, at Kappock Field this past week.
The Animals started off the home stand with a 5-2 win over the YBNR team from New Rochelle, on July 26.
Jordan Tallerman pitched a complete game, striking out seven batters while only walking one.