Kings Point, NY – Danny Collins (Sleepy Hollow, NY) posted four RBI and launched a three-run homer in the first inning as the Merchant Marine baseball team defeated Scranton, 13-2 Friday evening. Freshman Kyle Clausen (Southold, NY) picked up the win on the mound, working in and out of trouble through his seven innings of work, allowing just one run. The Mariners stole seven bases against the Royals, including three from Warren Hartmann (Wyckoff, NJ).
Merchant Marine (4-6, 2-2 Landmark) opened the scoring in the bottom of the first with Collins' first long ball of the season to make it 3-0. The Royals got their first run of the game in the top of the second on a Michael Trabulsi single down the left field line. However, Clausen got out of the jam by inducing a 6-6-3 double play ball of the bat of Matt Maghini.
Scranton (5-5, 2-1 Landmark) starter Robert Della Polla was touched up again in the bottom of the second as Andrew MacKinnon (Buffalo, NY) dropped a two-run single into left center field. USMMA broke the game open to 7-1 and chased Della Polla from the mound in the fourth. Collins and Cameron Stadele (Alpharetta, GA) both delivered back-to-back two-out RBI hits in the frame.
The Mariners tacked on a run in the fifth inning on a Joseph Policastro (Hauppauge, NY) fielder's choice that chased home Nicholas Kopacka (Saugus, CA). Merchant Marine would then send 11 batters to the plate in the bottom of the seventh inning, which included seven hits and two sacrifice flies. Hartmann, Stadele, Policastro, Jake Martin (San Diego, CA), and Nicholas Nallette (Goffstown, NH) all registered a RBI in the marathon inning.
The Royals posted a run in the top of the eighth and stranded the bases loaded after a diving catch by Grant Foley (Butler, PA) to end the threat. The umpires and coaches would then end the game after eight innings of play due to darkness as the Mariners took game one of the three-game set, 13-2.
The two teams will return to action tomorrow for a double header beginning at 11:00 am at Lower Roosevelt Field.