Wozny Flirts with No-No as Bears Clip Southold

Baseball 2018
Ajewole in action earlier this season (PC: Caitlin O’Neill)

This afternoon, the baseball team improved to 5-3 on the season with a 5-3 victory at Southold, their first over the Settlers since a three-game sweep culminated with a 1-0 win on April 16, 2014. The Wozny brothers led the way for the Brook as Joe threw six no-hit innings and struck out a career-high 15 while Timmy drove in three runs to power the Blue and White offense.

The Bears drew first blood in the top of the 1st inning when Timmy Wozny grounded into a fielder’s choice to plate Seamus Scanlon, who led off the inning with a walk. The Brook tacked on two more in the 4th inning when Joe Wozny led off with a single, stole second, moved to third on a groundout, and came home on an Emman Ajewole single. The lead stretched to 3-0 when Jack Derco hit a line drive to center field to drive home Ajewole.

Meanwhile, Wozny was unhittable, retiring 10 straight Settlers between the 3rd and 6th innings. In the bottom of the 4th, he needed just 11 pitches to strike out the side.

The Bears extended their edge in the top of the 5th. Aidan Mega smacked a line drive to left field and Joe Wozny followed with a double to center, bringing up Timmy Wozny. The freshman lined to right field, chasing home both base runners to give the Brook a commanding 5-0 lead.

After a scoreless 6th, Wozny took the mound in the bottom of the 7th, his no-hitter still intact. It was the second time in his Stony Brook career that he’d taken a no-no into the final frame, including last year’s 5-1 win over Port Jeff. Wozny had thoroughly dominated the Settlers to that point, allowing just three base runners through six, but with their backs against the wall, the reigning Suffolk County Champions woke up.

A lead off double, a walk, and a triple cut the Bear lead to 5-2 with no outs on the board. A sac fly further carved into the now precarious lead and a walk followed, but with the tying run at the plate and just one out, Wozny reached back and struck out the final two batters to nail down his third win of the season, tied for the most on Long Island.

Blue and White batters tagged Southold pitching for 11 hits, spread across seven batters. Scanlon (1 hit/ 1 walk/ 1 run), Mega (1 hit/ 1 walk/ 1 run), Joe Wozny (2 hits/ 2 runs), Timmy Wozny (1 hit/ 3 RBIs), Ajewole (3 hits/ 1 RBI/ 1 run), David Choi (2 hits), and Derco (1 hit/ 1 RBI) powered the Bear offense.

The Bears are now halfway to the ten wins required to earn their first postseason berth since 1999. They return to the diamond on Monday in a home match-up with Port Jeff.


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