ICBL Tuesday: Holmes walks it off for Blue Jays; Moffat dominates Monarchs

Donovan Moffat (PHOTO: SUE KANE).


No. 3 DP ORANGE (10-14) 5
No. 2 BLUE JAYS (15-9) 6
Tyler Holmes (Hartford) drew a bases-loaded walk, and the Blue Jays advanced to the ICBL East Division Championship game. Noah Campanelli (St. John Fisher College) worked a one-out walk, stole second on a failed pickoff attempt and eventually scored the winning run. Jeff Wilson (LeMoyne College) also reached on a walk, and Pat Bigham (SUNY Fredonia) singled to load the bases. Holmes fouled off three two-strike pitches before earning the game winner.

The Blue Jays sent ten batters to the plate in the second inning resulting in five runs. All five runs were scored with two outs when Shane Hake (Elmira) and Holmes drew walks. Tanner Frank (Finger Lakes CC) scored both of them with a double. Amaury Samalot (Alfred State) cashed in with a double that scored Frank to extend the lead to 3-0. Wilson drew a bases-loaded drew a walk to bring in Samalot. Trent Wasserman (Niagara CCC) scored on a wild pitch.

Frank and Samalot both finished 1-of-2 with a run scored. Frank drove in a pair of runs and Samalot one. DJ Berry (Tampa U) had a base-knock in the game for the Blue Jays. Alec Teska (St. John Fisher) fanned six batters in six innings. Tyler Smith (Monroe CC) had three strikeouts in a scoreless seventh inning.

Keeghan Cummings paced the offense for Diamond Pro Orange, going 2-of-3 and scoring two runs. Carter Clark knocked in a run and crossed the plate once. Wilson Brauer and Nick Ianniello both had an RBI.

The No. 2 seed Blue Jays advance to the ICBL quarterfinals and will match up with the No. 4 seed Orioles. The Orioles defeated the No. 1 seed Monarchs in the nightcap. The Blue Jays and Orioles split four regular-season meetings.

No. 4 ORIOLES (9-14) 4
No. 1 MONARCHS (16-8) 1
Donovan Moffat (St. Bonaventure) struck out nine batters in five innings of one-hit ball. The 6-foot-2 southpaw limited the damage to an unearned run. In his last two ICBL postseason starts dating back to last summer, Moffat has pitched 12 innings, allowed three runs and accumulated 19 strikeouts.

Troy Leibert (Niagara CCC) fanned three hitters in two hitless frames for the save. Zachary Carpin (Clarkson) put the Orioles on the board with a sacrifice fly that scored Jack Scanlon (Washington and Jefferson) in the first inning.

The Orioles scored three runs in the second inning highlighted by a two-run single from Patrick Sherron (Monroe CC). Aiden Wallace (Ithaca College) and Maxx Countryman (Finger Lakes CC) were the two that scored on the Sherron single. Countryman drove in the other run with a double.

Lucas Sulimowicz had the only hit in the game for the Monarchs. Ryan Hill (MCC) drove in Lucas Jackson (Onondaga CC) for the only Monarchs run.

The No. 4 seed Orioles advance to the ICBL quarterfinals and will match up with the No. 2 seed Blue Jays. The Blue Jays defeated the No. 3 seed Diamond Pro Orange earlier in the evening. The Blue Jays and Orioles split four regular-season meetings. The game was the completion of a suspended contest from Monday night. The teams played one inning before rain forced the delay.

ICBL Postseason Schedule
August 19
No. 4 Diamond Pro Green vs. No. 3 Flyin’ Fish (West Division)
No. 4 Orioles vs. No. 2 Blue Jays (East Division)
August 20
Winner of Diamond Pro Green/Flyin’ Fish vs. No. 2 Cardinals (West Division)
Championship (East Division Winner vs. West Division Winner)

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