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Audubon Overcome Quick Start By West Deptford

Friday, April 26, 2002

By Art Redd
SJSports Staff Writer

Audubon's starting pitcher Tyler Inkster knew he was in for a long day as he faced all nine West Deptford batters in the top of the first inning. West Deptford exploded for five hits in the inning jumping out to a 5-0 lead. The Green Wave opened the floodgates of their own to give their starting pitcher some run support. Inkster would settle down and pitch all 7 innings and help Audubon record 9-7 victory over the West Deptford Eagles in a Colonial Conference meeting.

As this day started, West Deptford (8-4) was leading the Colonial Conference with Audubon and Haddonfield right behind them in the standings. If you take a look at this conference, it is arguably one of the most competitive conferences with Sterling and Gateway all battling for the title. So this meeting between the Eagles from West Deptford traveling to Audubon was an important game.

West Deptford jumped on Inkster's fastball in the top of the first inning. The first 4 batters all got hits and scored a run in the inning. Matt Gore would line an RBI triple to left scoring John Laise who reached base on a single. Mike Mastrangelo lined a single up the middle scoring Gore. Phil Guinto ripped a double to center for an RBI double and also scored to record the Eagles fifth run of the inning. West Deptford sent nine batters to the plate.

Audubon (10-2) would come to their starting pitcher's rescue erasing West Deptford lead in the third inning. Audubon put together four straight hits from Steve Pulcinella, Ryan Gilmore, John Bellis and Nate Schill in the second inning to tie the game. Brandon Boyd's sacrifice fly scored Bellis for Audubon's fifth run of the game. In the third inning, Rich Horan led of the inning again by getting on base and scored on Pulcinella's single to left to take the lead. Three more runs would cross the plate and Audubon led 9-5 after three full innings.

The bottom of Audubon's lineup was very productive in this game accounting for 5 runs, 4 hits and 2 RBI. Lead off batter Ryan Gilmore reach base all four plate appearances, scoring 3 runs and knocking in two runs. West Deptford's Matt Gore had a productive day going 3 for 4 including an RBI triple and scoring a run. Mike Mastrangelo went 2 for 4 scoring 2 runs and an RBI.

Photos by Frank Crescenti

Photos by Art Redd

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