Fourteen different players from both the Victor Blue Devils and Irondequoit Eagles baseball teams slugged out 25 hits resulting in 21 runs that ended with the road Eagles getting their first win of the season, 11-10 over the Blue Devils.
The weather late Friday afternoon on the Victor Central School campus was of the type; bitter cold temperatures with a swirling, biting wind, that if you were there to watch a high school baseball game, which plenty of folks from visiting Irondequoit and host Victor were, you might be expecting a tough-hitting, low-scoring game.
Such was not the case, as 14 different players from both the Victor Blue Devils and Irondequoit Eagles baseball teams slugged out 25 hits resulting in 21 runs that ended with the road Eagles getting their first win of the season, 11-10 over the Blue Devils.
After the game, Irondequoit head coach Tim Mabb could afford a laugh at the expense of his once timid offense, having collected the 11 runs Friday on 12 hits.
“The funny thing about this is that we have played five games before this one and had scored six runs total,” lightly chuckled Mabb. “We just keep working on our hitting in practice and finally it’s starting to happen for us. Hopefully this continues throughout the rest of the season.”
To say the least, if you could stand the cold, it was an entertaining game. Both teams matched run-for-run over the first two innings with Irondequoit and Victor both scoring a run in the first inning. Both teams showed their long-ball power early, with the Eagles run the result of a Rob Spena triple and the Blue Devils run the result of a Dale Wickham home run. The second inning saw both teams score four runs, the result of which for Victor saw starting pitcher A.J. Lefebvre being relieved for Jon Simmons with two out in the inning. Spena nailed a 2-RBI single for Irondequoit while Jake Redding also had a 2-RBI single for Victor.
While neither team scored a run in the third, the Eagles bounced back with four more in the top of the fourth, taking a 9-5 lead thanks to RBI from Tom Freer, Nick Mongelli —who was the game’s winning pitcher—, Mac Pike and a Blue Devil passed ball. Victor could only answer back with one run in the bottom of the inning.
With the score now 9-6 Irondequoit, both teams plated a run in the fifth, followed by the Blue Devils creeping to within two by outscoring the Eagles 2-1 in the sixth. With the score now 11-9 Irondequoit, Victor pitcher Tommy Wagner, who had come in for relief of Simmons in the fourth, retired the first three batters he faced, setting the stage for the Blue Devil bottom of the seventh where, after a Pete Carrier 2-out RBI single got the score to 11-10, a walk loaded the bases full of Blue Devils. Irondequoit’s Freer, who had come in for relief of Eagle starting pitcher Mongelli in the top of the seventh, then got the next Blue Devil batter to ground out, ending the game.
Page 2 of 2 - Mongelli gave up nine runs on 12 hits while striking out two and walking four over six innings. The Eagle bats were led by Freer, who had four hits and 4 RBI. Teammate Spena had three hits and 3 RBI in the game.
“This was a great win for our team,” proclaimed Mongelli after the game. “We worked really hard today and we have worked hard the last month. It’s a great win against Victor. Now we just have to keep fighting for the rest of the games coming up. Keep up the momentum from this game and keep it going through the season.”
Victor, now 7-2 on the season, had seven different players get hits and register at least 1 RBI each, with Wickham hammering out three hits in the game, including his HR, for a total of 3 RBI. Also collecting three hits in the game was Carrier, while teammates Brett Prong and Josh Busch collected two hits each. One of Busch’s two hits was a double. Teammate Jake Redding added 2 RBI.
“That’s baseball,” said Victor head coach Sean Rucker after a long center field post-game talk with his team. “When you don’t show up and you don’t compete pitch by pitch, you get beat. On any given day, when you are not into it and you are not firing on all cylinders you get beat. And that’s what happened today.”
“We can point fingers and we can blame this or that. But you know what we are going to do? We are going to suck it up, learn from this and use it as a spring board. You know it’s not realistic to think you can go through a season and be undefeated. We were not better than (Irondequoit) in a lot of innings today. Their pitcher did a great job. Kept us off-balance a bit and used the strike zone to his advantage. My hats off to them. You know everybody wants to beat Victor.”
And the next ones taking their shots at the Blue Devils are Rush-Henrietta, coming to Victor next Monday afternoon. Irondequoit will host Penfield the same day.