Baseball: Wild night as Ashley snaps W. Brunswick’s streak; S. Brunswick downs Topsail

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Ashley 3     West Brunswick 2

Things haven’t gone the way Ashley had hoped for throughout much of the spring, but the Screaming Eagles stuck with it and grabbed a 3-2 walk-off win against first-place West Brunswick on Thursday night.

The victory for Ashley snapped the Trojans’ 19-game winning streak as West Brunswick dropped to 9-1 in conference and  20-2 overall. The Screaming Eagles moved to 3-7 in the division and 8-14 on the year.

Price King. Photo courtesy- John Crouch
Price King. Photo courtesy- John Crouch

Price King toed the rubber for the Eagles, keeping the West Brunswick hitters off balance for six innings. He tallied eight strikeouts, while allowing five hits.

After falling behind 2-0 in the top of the sixth, Ashley tied the game in the bottom of the frame. With one out, Christian Tafoya reached on an infield error and Michael Phillips followed with an infield hit. Reggie Regan drove in Tafoya off an RBI groundout, while Phillips scored on a wild pitch.

D.C. Russ pitched a scoreless seventh in relief for the Screaming Eagles, while Vinny Farmintino smacked a double down the left-field line in the eighth pitch of his at-bat to set up the dramatic finish. After Sean Ross was intentionally walked to set up the force play, Russ singled through the left side to scoring pinch-runner Luke Winslow for the winning run.

W. Brunswick 000 002 0 – 2

Ashley             000 002  1 – 3

 

South Brunswick 4     Topsail 3

South Brunswick continued its impressive turnaround season with a 4-3 win at home against Topsail on Thursday night.

Trailing by two headed into the bottom of the fourth, the Cougars rallied for three runs to grab the conference result. Andrew Phillips went 2-for-3 at the plate, while Derek Astoske tossed four strong innings before giving way to Corey Entrekin for the final nine outs in relief.

Phillips and Mitch Harris each had an RBI for the Cougars, who improved to 4-6 in the division and 12-7 overall. Topsail dropped to 6-3 in conference and 13-8 on the spring.

Bryce Cota scored on a wild pitch to put Topsail in front 1-0, but Tanner Coley tied the game in the second after doubling to lead off the inning. Coley moved to third on a ground out and drew South Brunswick even after a throwing error extended the frame.

The Pirates regained the advantage in the top of the fourth, plating two runs on zero hits and one error. Aaron Beach was hit by a pitch and scored on an RBI ground out by Gavin Finley. Shane Nolan made it a 3-1 Topsail advantage after a South Brunswick miscue in right field.

Five different players had one hit each for the Pirates, including Finley, Josh Madole, Cameron Kimrey, Chase Riker and Elliot Blanton.

A lead-off walk to Coley sparked the comeback for South Brunswick. Mitch Harris added an RBI single in the decisive inning, while Phillips singled home Harris to give the Cougars its first and only lead of the game.

Astoske allowed three runs-two earned-on two hits and two walks in fourth innings. Entrekin scattered three hits and induced a game-ending double play to secure the victory.

Topsail   100 200 0  – 3  5  2

South     010  300 X – 4  5  2

WP: Derek Astoske   LP: Aidan Smith   Sv: Corey Entrekin

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