2007-06-14 / News

Ali's Run gets another dramatic comeback win

By Adrienne Downing

Nicholas Baccari leads off of first during the Ali's Run game against R&R Construction. The first-baseman for R&R is K.C. Barrett of Jamestown. Photo by Adrienne Downing Nicholas Baccari leads off of first during the Ali's Run game against R&R Construction. The first-baseman for R&R is K.C. Barrett of Jamestown. Photo by Adrienne Downing Nicholas Baccari has an interesting take on the Ali's Run teamwinning strategy. The team is the Jamestown entry in the Newport Babe Ruth league, and they are currently posting a 6-2 record.

"I don't know why we always have to win in dramatic fashion," Baccari said. "We cannot just put a team away, we always seem to be making a one-run comeback."

The team remained true to form when they played R&R Construction on Thursday, June 7, at Cardines Field in Newport.

K.C. Barrett, the lone Jamestown resident on the R&R team, quickly put his team ahead with an RBI single in the top of the first inning.

Barrett is in his last year with the team he started playing with before Jamestown entered a team in the league.

Marshall Vigneault led off the bottom of the first with a single for Ali's Run and moved over to third on a Baccari hit. John Rafanelli smacked a long base hit, which scored both Vigneault and Baccari and the team took a 2-1 lead.

Matt Baptista's long fly ball to center field appeared as though it would score Rafanelli, but the center fielder hauled it in to end the inning.

Nick Lutes made a nice stab on a hard hit ball to first base to get the first out for Ali's Run in the top of the second inning.

Baptista then struck out the second and third batters to maintain the lead.

R&R scored a run on an error during the top of the third to tie the game 2-2, but Rafanelli gunned down an R&R runner trying to steal third to end the go-ahead threat.

Barrett robbed his island-mate Baccari of a hit, pulling in a hard hit ball at first base and ending the only Ali's Run scoring opportunity in the inning.

Errors cost Ali's a run in the top of the fourth. With runners on first and second and nobody out, an overthrow at first base scored the runner from second base and gave R&R the 3-2 lead. Baptista struck out the next batter for the first out, but then a base hit put runners at second and third and it looked as though R&R was poised to strike again. After another strikeout by Baptista, Nick Lutes made a running catch on a foul ball to end the threat and get Ali's Run out of the inning.

Rafanelli led off the bottom of the fourth with a hit to center field, and after stealing second and third bases, scored on a pass ball to tie the game 3-3. Baptista followed with a double down the third base line and took third on a pass ball. He scored on a Lutes sacrifice to take the 4-3 lead.

Ryan Southworth came into pitch for Ali's Run in the top of the fifth inning and shut down R&R with three straight outs, including one strikeout.

After a one-two-three inning at the plate for Ali's Run in the bottom of the fifth inning, Southworth was back on the mound to pitch one strikeout and sit R&R down in order in the top of the sixth.

Ali's Run hoped to add an insurance run when they came to the plate in the bottom of the sixth inning, and Baccari tried to aid the effort by hustling out a base hit to lead off the inning. A long hit by Rafanelli was tracked down in left field and Ali's Run had to rely on shutting down R&R in the seventh to take the win.

Southworth helped himself by catching a foul ball for the first out in the top of the seventh inning. After allowing an R&R runner to make it to third base, he closed the door on the game by striking out the final two batters, giving Ali's Run the 4-3 win.

"They really hung in a lot tonight," coach Jim Bryer said. "Sometimes they can fall behind and get down on themselves, but tonight they stayed up and were able to hold on for the win."

Bryer said the team's 6-2 record is a reflection of how they support each other as a team.

"They are a great bunch of kids and I really enjoy coaching them," Bryer concluded.

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