FISHKILL – It’s usually that “one” inning a team can point to that changed the outcome of a game. Baseball is funny that way. And if it weren’t for the 6th inning of the Hudson Valley Baseball Classic between Army and Marist, the Red Foxes might be gloating over a 3-2 win. Instead, Army can point to the 12 batters and five hits they got in that sixth inning that sealed an 8-3 victory.
With the win, the Black Knights take a 6-5 advantage in the series.
“There was another great atmosphere here tonight,” said head coach Matt Reid. “Army, Marist and the Renegades put together a great event with the fireworks and the clinic in addition to the game. It’s a great event for the Hudson Valley.”
Army starter Patrick Gardner cruised through the first two innings, retiring the first six batters he faced. The senior southpaw ran into some trouble in the third inning, however, allowing a two-run single to Graham McIntire to open the scoring. The Red Foxes added an insurance run in the fifth on a triple by Tyler Kirkpatrick to take a 3-0 lead.
The Black Knights recorded four hits through the first five innings before exploding for six runs in the sixth inning to rally back and take a 6-3 lead. John McCarthy opened the scoring with a single that plated David Monge, who led off the inning with a base hit. Monge advanced to second on a walk by Jon Rosoff and then they shifted to second and third on a wild pitch, before scoring on McCarthy’s single.
Jacob Page joined the hit parade after McCarthy’s base hit with a single that scored Rosoff to cut the lead to 3-2. After a pop out, Josh White drove in McCarthy for the game-tying run with one out. Ryan Levenhagen legged out an infield single in the following at bat to plate Page to give Army its first lead of the game at 4-3. Following a Trey Martin walk, Kris Lindner connected on a two-run double down the right field line to cap the scoring in the inning by bringing in Levenhagen and White and Army lead 6-3.
The score stayed the same until the top of the ninth inning when Page stepped into the box and blasted a two-run homer over the left field fence to give Army a commanding 8-3 lead. McCarthy crossed the plate on the round-tripper after being hit by a pitch.
“Insurance runs are always good,” remarked Page. “The approach doesn’t really change. What we’re looking for from that type of pitcher was something up in the zone, and I was able to capitalize on my opportunity.”