Josh Johnson’s (Toledo) three-run home run in the eighth scored Gary Helmick (Towson) and Joe McIntyre (North Carolina A&T), but the Webster Yankees were sent home with a 4-3 loss to the first-place Allegany County Nitros.
Webster struggled to get to Nitro starter, Doug Ciallela (Fairfield), for the second time this season. Ciallela pitched a complete-game shutout on June 16th against the Yankees to earn NYCBL Player-of-the-Day Honors. Tonight the right-hander struck out six, walked two, and gave up seven hits in seven and a third innings to earn the win. Jim Dale came on to get the save.
The difference in the game came on Patrick Luehring’s (St. Joseph’s) two-run home run in the fifth off Webster starter, Kevin Carmody (Iona). Carmody held the Nitros in check for most of the evening giving up two unearned runs and four overall.
Despite a little controversy Chris Coleman (Niagara) struck out three and walked two in two innings of work. Coleman enjoyed a paint ball foray earlier in the day, and the residue left on his pitching hand caught the eye of home-plate umpire John Zalkowski. After the confusion was cleared up, Coleman continued his work.
“Heck, the way he pitched today Chris should play paint ball before every game,” joked Coach Mike Kelly.
McIntyre and Ryan Sullivan (U of R) each had two hits.
The loss drops Webster to 8 and 13 and ends a four-game win streak.
Allegany County improves to 18 and 3.
The Yanks travel to Hornell tomorrow for a rare Monday game. Josh Brown will get his second start of the season. Game time is set for 7pm.