Friday, April 30, 2004
By Vincent Lewis
Plain and simple, in order for a team to come away with a solid victory there has to be good pitching and error free defense. Okay, sometimes that doesn’t always happen as on several occasion, a batter or batters will have a good day at the plate. Take for instance the Colonial Conference game between Sterling and Audubon. Homeruns, triples, doubles and a total of 22 runners crossing the plate made a bad day for the pitchers on the mound. After the dust had cleared, Sterling’s late inning rally allowed them to pick up the 14-8 road victory.
Both of these teams could relay on several of their hitters in the lineup to come through with that key hit. That was definitely demonstrated by the Silver Knights from Sterling as they are the owners of a seven game winning streak. That success had allowed them to hold onto their slim lead in the Colonial Conference. Their first loss of the division recently was a 1-0 defeat to Haddonfield. Audubon was another division test for Sterling to past and they knew it was not going to be easy.
Audubon, who has never been shutout in a game this season, used their patience as they found themselves down by three runs heading into the bottom half of the second inning. A four run inning quickly turned their deficit into a one run advantage. Both teams used the long ball to battle their way back into the lead. Homeruns by Sterling’s Andy Meyers and J.P. Larmore and one by Audubon’s Mike Slattery provided the entertainment of watching runners score in front of them. But when the runs were needed, Larmore seemed as if he was always at the plate. Breaking a game open, Sterling’s six run sixth and two run seventh gave Matt Sosna enough support to pick up the win.
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