MAINE-ENDWELL – The Junior Hellcat baseball team has proved their worth, stomping Maine-Endwell into the loss with a five-run seventh inning for the win.
“Simply Incredible. These guys (Junior Hellcats) are amazing. I knew they (Maine-Endwell) would throw their best pitcher and they threw last years little league World Series hero Mike Mancini,” said Junior Hellcats head coach Nick McCullough. “We got to him (Mancini) early putting up three, but a team like that, you’re not going to win with only three.
Mancini looked the part, striking out nine Junior Hellcat batters, walking none and only allowing three hits for three runs in the first six innings.
A 3-3 first inning, saw a deadlocked game emerge as neither team would score over the next three innings of play.
Pitching for the Junior Hellcats and taking the win was Eli Rodriguez. Rodriguez proved effective against the high-powered M-E batters – striking out four, walking six and allowing just five hits in five innings.
“We’re (Junior Hellcats) tight on pitching. I literally had no starters left to throw, so I had my closer, Eli Rodriguez start the game. I had a few bullpen options, so I asked him to give me three innings. He (Rodriguez) gave me five outstanding innings. I had the bullpen ready from the 3rd inning on, but he just kept getting outs. He trusted his defense behind him, and he pitched amazing,” said coach McCullough. “We had to go the bullpen, Eli was at his limit and we couldn’t ask anymore of him. Tom Flanagan came in and with some help from our catcher Tanner Costa, with an unbelievable defensive play to catch the runners sleeping, we got out of the inning.”