Astoria, NY, April 28, 2016 – Trailing 2-8 going into their last at-bat, the La Salle Academy JV Cardinals erased a six run deficit with 10 runs in the top seventh to defeat St. John’s Prep 12-8 at ICYP Field. Their amazing comeback keeps them in sole possession of second place in the CHSAA – A Division with a 4-2 record (5-6 overall).
After doing nothing for the first five innings and being thoroughly outplayed by a St. John’s team looking to prove they were better than how they played on Tuesday, LSA found themselves in an early 0-2 hole at the end of one thanks to errors and misplays in the field. On top of all that, St. John’s had an encouraging fan base of students and parents from the neighborhood that got even louder as SJP seeming had the game on ice after scoring four runs in the bottom of the sixth to go up six.
The magical LSA seventh all started with a pinch walk and was highlight by seven base hits, seven stolen bases, including Matthew Camacho’s almost steal at home which forced a balk, an infield fly (that turned into a run) and some clutch two out hitting to keep the line moving.
Camacho (W) picked up the win with four innings of work in relief of Nicholas Rivera and Nicholas Brito pitched a perfect seventh to secure the win. All toll the Cardinals only surrendered two hits, both to J. Leston, who was the hard luck loser. Brito (3 hits), Jimmy Muniz (2 hits) and Christian Cueto (2 hits) had outstanding day at the plate, the Angry Bird, was given to Jordan Garcia (3 RBIs) for his two out 2 RBI opposite field single that provided the final margin of victory.
Next Game: Saturday, April 30th vs Scanlan at American Legion at 12 noon.