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Don't Go Soft, Play Hardball!

Suffolk Raiders Pull Off Triple Play in Extras, Go on to Walk-Off Victory in Long Island MSBL

 Compiled by Steve LaMontia, Director of Communications

The Suffolk Raiders defeated the New York Astros this past weekend in a 35+ Federal AAA match-up of the Long Island MSBL. The BIG news is that the Raiders pulled off a triple play to stop a potential Astros game winning rally. Here is how the play unfolded, as described by Raiders manager Pete Vardaro.

“In another hard fought, well-played game between these teams, the Suffolk Raiders topped the New York Astros at Newfield High School 5 to 4 in 10 innings.

In the top of the 10th, with the game tied, no outs and runners on first and second, there was a hard-hit grounder to Bill Patriss at shortstop, who charged in a few steps, fielded the grounder, tagged the runner trying to advance from second to third, then threw to Joe Ferrara at second. Ferrara pivoted after the force out at second and threw to Jim Gross at first to complete the triple play.

Frank Buongervino, who got the win in relief, drove in the winning run in the bottom of the 10th for the walk-off win!”

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