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Stepinac gives St Peter's it's first loss 4-3

Posted Monday, April 27, 2009 by silive.com
St. Peter's Boys
(7 - 2 - 0)

April 26th, 2009
1 p.m.

Archbishop Stepinac

Archbishop Stepinac
(2 - 0 - 0)
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Archbishop Stepinac rallies to deal St. Peter's first baseball loss, 4-3

, April 26, 2009 6:35 p.m.

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- It wasn't the steamy temperatures but the scorching bats of Archbishop Stepinac which melted St. Peter's undefeated season, as the Crusaders rallied to score four unanswered runs over the final three innings for a 4-3 CHSAA victory Sunday.

After tying the game at 3 on Mike Annunziata's two-out, two-run single in the home sixth, Stepinac (3-1) quickly ended matters in the seventh. Anthony Muccio led off the inning with a single to cap a 4-for-4 afternoon, Steve Martinez followed with a single and Rich Reilly walked to load the bases with none out against SP reliever Joe DiMauro.

Eagles coach John Eberlein then elected to use right-fielder Tim Duffy as a fifth infielder to try and cut down the run at the plate, but Donato Signore made the move a moot one by driving a long hit off the centerfield fence to win it.

"This is the fourth day in a row we've played, so to come out of that 3-1 is pretty good," said Eberlein. "And to be 5-1 at this juncture is pretty good, too. Our kids played hard today, but I think they were just a little tired."

Tired or not, the Eagles appeared on their way to a 6-0 start after jumping out to an early 3-0 lead on Stepinac.

In the top of the first, Rob Bernardo drew a two-out walk and Matt Salvatore and John Ziznewski followed with singles for a 1-0 SP advantage. Then in the fifth, a one-out walk by Duffy and a Bernardo single chased Crusaders starter Dan DeFilippo. Southpaw Joseph Monastero entered and, after an errant pickoff attempt, surrendered an RBI ground out by Salvatore and RBI double to Ziznewski for a 3-0 SP cushion.

The Crusaders finally broke through against Eagles right-hander Sean Gardner in the bottom of that frame on a Gregory DiGiacinto two-out single and Muccio RBI double. Stepinac then produced more two-out magic in the sixth, as Steve DePompeis and Pete Tacinelli both reached on infield hits with two down to load the bases for No. 9 batter Annunziata, who ripped a 1-1 pitch to right to tie the score and end Gardner's day.

"We just plugged (Annunziata) in off our bench," said Stepinac coach Pat Duffy of the second baseman. "This was his first start since spring training, and he just jumped in there and did the job."

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