By Dylan Mannon
Unfortunately for many minor league players, there will be no baseball to be played this season. Arm and Hammer park will still see it’s fair share of exciting baseball even though the Trenton Thunder will not be able to call
it home for this season. We were lucky enough to witness one of those exciting games Wednesday afternoon between the Hamilton Spartans and the Dirty Boyz. Excellent hitting and dynamic pitching held this game to a 5-4 finish in favor of the Dirty Boyz.
Jordan Nitti led off for the Spartans with an infield single to the shortstop. Just three pitches later, a ball was hit to first baseman Solymosi’s right, he bobbled it allowing both Nitti and Sangillo to reach safely. Dirty Boyz ace Nick Diaz seemed to have settled in, striking out Hamilton’s next two batters until Joey Gmitter strolled up
to the plate and promptly laced an RBI single up the middle. Diaz got his next batter on a slider to end the inning.
Connor Luckie led off for the Dirty Boyz and rolled over to the shortstop for the first out of the inning. A single and a stolen base put Keifer Goss on second. Rodriguez later smacked a ball to right field for a single. Goss
rounded third and wound up colliding with Spartan catcher Gio Sciarratta at home plate but was called safe due to Sciarratta blocking the runners path. The Dirty Boyz struck again this inning with a stand up RBI double from Perdomo.
The Dirty Boyz looked to strike again during the bottom of the second. A double to left field from Mike Nielsen saw them in a perfect position to add to their lead. A balk from Gater put Nielson on third and with the infield in, Connor Kasa poked a ball over the second baseman’s head to score their third run of the game.
Both Gater and Diaz seemed to settle into this one only allowing a hit here or there until the fourth inning when the Dirty Boyz added to their lead 4-1. Gater found his stride and showed why he is one of the top pitchers for
the Spartans. Diaz continued to show why he’s a premiere pitcher in his conference. He sports both the ability to spot and change the speed of nearly all of his pitches.
In the top of the fifth the Spartans found their opportunity to come roaring back. RBI singles from Jordan Nitti and Matt Sangillo tied this game up at 4, and the crowd behind them was pumped to say the least. Both the Dirty Boyz and Spartans poked and prodded but neither defence or pitching staff gave way.
The game stayed gridlocked until the bottom of the sixth when Danilo Perdomo was walked to lead off the inning. A perfect sac bunt put Perdomo on second. The winning run was scored when Mike Neilsen hit a rocket that CJ Pittaro could not handle over at shortstop. The ball was kicked into shallow left center and a run scored.
The Dirty Boyz would hold onto their lead and win this one 5-4. Tune in to WBCB sports at 6pm Tonight to watch the Dirty Boyz Liedtka Trucking take on the NJ Tigers at Arm and Hammer Park.