ROCKLAND CARDINALS GET A SPLIT

May 29, 2017

Sports

The Rockland Cardinals took their 2-1 record on the road with them for the first time Sunday with a trip to Bourne for a doubleheader versus the Mariners. Game 1 saw the cardinal play their worst all around game of the year and it ended with a 8-0 loss in which the Bourne pitchers dictated the game from start to finish. Rockland who mustered only 1 hit offensively and seemed lost by the fast pitched pace of the game.  A tough game all around and the result  was the Cardinals falling to 2-2 on the year. Luckily for Rockland, they had another game to redeem themselves and they would take advantage of that situation.
Game 2 saw a more focused Rockland team as well as one who played with some desperation despite the season being so young. The gritty Cardinals hung around and overcame a late 3-2 deficit to get the W in an 8 inning affair, 6-3. Nate Perkins got the start and pitched well but the pitching performance of the year so far for the Cardinals goes to Brendan Connolly. Connolly came into the game with 2 on and nobody out in the bottom of the 5th and Rockland trailing 3-2. He proceeded to get Rockland out of the jam they were in by getting 3 outs in a row and stranding runners on 2nd and 3rd and leaving the deficit at 3-2. All Connolly did after that was strikeout the side in the 6th, while getting 2 more strikeouts in the 7th and another 1-2-3 inning. He clearly stabilized the game for the Cardinal and they responded by tying the game in the 6th on a fielders choice by Dylon Grzenda. In the 8th, Rockland brought 7 to the plate, scoring 3 times on singles by Harry Southworth and Zeke Sanchez as well as a fielders choice by Luke Figueira. Nick Steele came in for Rockland and got the save with a 3 up 3 down 8th to improve the Cardinals record to 3-2 and salvaging the split.

BY COACH A.J. MAZZOLA