Saturday, April 9, 2005
By Jerome Michaels
Chris Rollins had most of his pitches working for him when he took the mound against Atlantic City Saturday morning at Winslow Township. With a lively fast ball mixed in with an occasional curve ball, Rollins was able to strikeout 16 batters over seven innings. But pitching alone will not win games and that was true facing the Vikings in a non-league game. Atlantic City did have their chances to score but the defense for Township came up big and that defense would include Rollins on the mound. A single run in the first and fifth innings was enough Winslow Township to outlast their opponent by one, 2-1.
Winslow Township got on the scoreboard during the first inning on a couple of wild pitches. Elizer Reinoso pitched a good game for the Vikings, but on this day any scoring threat was erased by Rollins. Getting their leadoff batter on base during the second inning for Atlantic City was only left stranded after Rollins recorded two more strike outs. But a perfectly executed squeeze play tied this game at one during the top of the fourth inning. Even under pressure, Rollins and the defense behind him were able to get out of a second and third situation was no outs. Patrick Clark’s leadoff double in the fifth inning eventually scored the winning run on a ground out.