By Matt Nelson, Trenton Generals Baseball Club
After missing the ACBL title game over the last two years, the Generals can finally call themselves champions. Trenton defeated the Tide 5-1 on Monday.
led off the bottom of the fifth with a single to left field. Jeremy Ake
drew a five-pitch walk. After Brett Mele
struck out swinging, Joe Jensen
grounded into a fielder’s choice and the throw to second by Angel Garced
was not in time. With the bases loaded, Michael Mecca
was hit by a pitch and the Generals took a 1-0 lead.
Jensen ripped a two-out single to right-centerfield in the bottom of the seventh. The Hamilton College product stole second and third on back-to-back pitches by Matt Kostalos
. Mecca ripped an RBI single to right-centerfield. Andy Lopez
poked a single to centerfield. After Lopez and Mecca advanced to second and third on a wild pitch, Ryan Reitmeyer
drew a walk on a five-count pitch. Delio Coutinho
came in to pitch for Kostalos and Brandon Kirk
ripped a bases-clearing single to centerfield.
Staten Island fought back in the top of the ninth, but they came up four runs short. Nick Espino
ripped a one-out single to left field. After Espino stole second, Joe Venturino
drew a four-pitch walk. Andrew Cohen
came in to pitch for Paul Balestrieri
to seal the deel. Dylan Sprague
ripped an RBI single to centerfield before Steve Notaro
grounded into a 6-4-3 double play.
Balestrieri picks up the win giving up one run on two hits, one walk and four strikeouts in eight and one-thirds. Michael Macchia
picks up the loss allowing one run on two hits, two walks and seven strikeouts in four and one-thirds.
The Generals would like to thank all the parents, friends and family for their support throughout the season and we look forward to another season of baseball in June 2015.