BASEBALL Devils tame Mooney
Campbell scored nine runs in three innings for the blowout win.
By BOB ROTH
STRUTHERS -- Campbell Memorial High's baseball team scored twice in the fifth and sixth innings, and five more runs in the seventh Thursday for a 9-1 victory over Cardinal Mooney at Cene Park.
Mooney junior Matt Ucchino and Campbell senior Juan Torres, the second Red Devils pitcher, were locked in a scoreless duel through the first four innings.
But an infield hit to deep short by Campbell's Erik Bonilla leading off the fifth started the Red Devils' scoring.
Cardinal Mooney (1-4), stymied at the plate all afternoon, cut the Campbell (3-0) margin to one run in the bottom of the fifth when Conrad Straub tripled into the right-centerfield alley and scored on Dean Palombaro's sacrifice fly.
The following inning, after a Torres single and walks to Melnick and Anthony Rossodivita, Anthony Zembillas singled to center, driving home two runs.
In the top of the seventh Torres again started a rally and batted twice as 11 men went to the plate.
Jason Metzka, a starter and winner in Campbell's first two games, again started, but went to right field to begin the third inning. He allowed one hit in two innings, and Torres, who started the game at shortstop, finished with five strong innings for the win.
"Offensively, we were slow starting," said Campbell coach Wayne Zetts, "but finally we cashed in after missed opportunities."
Torres, a 5-foot-11 senior, along with getting the pitching victory with a two-hit performance, was 1-for-2 at the plate with two walks, scoring three runs.
"I came in for Jason and did my best," said Torres.
"Down at the bottom of the order my job is to get on because I am just like a leadoff hitter."
Zembillas, a sophomore second baseman, was 2-for-4 with a career-best four RBIs and handled five chances at his position.
"I was happy with my best RBI game and felt just as good about my defensive consistency," Zembillas said.
Conrad Straub led the Cardinals with a triple and a run scored.
"They played well, they were opportunistic offensively and their starter and his relief both did good jobs," Mooney coach Tom Flynn said.