Monday, April 17, 2017 – What began as a pitchers duel early broke open late and the La Salle Cardinals used a little small ball for four runs in the top of the seventh inning to pick up the 8-4 victory over Sacred Heart at Welty Park in Yonkers. La Salle improved its record to 2-3 overall and 2-1 in the CHSAA ‘A’ with two more league games on tap this week.
La Salle starting pitcher, John Michael Silvers (ND, 4R, 3ER, 8K, 4BB) locked horns with the Irish’ E Paulino to start the game and left the game after 89 pitches and on the short end of the stick. However, Jervon Warlick (W, 1-0) came in eventually picked up the win going three innings giving up 1 hit while striking out seven.
Julian Nieves led the Cardinal bats with 2 hits and an RBI. The decisive rally, in the top of the seventh, got started with Angel Fernandez-Diaz’ booming double to right center and was followed by a Jayson Polanco bunt, a walk, a fielder’s choice, safety squeeze, and a little league home run. That combination of small ball and heart was exactly what was needed as Jervon shut the door 1-2-3 in the bottom of the frame.
The Cardinals host Cathedral Prep on Wednesday at East River Park #6. First pitch is 1pm.