Yesterday morning, the baseball team edged Port Jeff, 4-3, to improve to 7-3 on the season. With the win the Bears matched their win total from a season ago and move within three wins of their first playoff berth since 1999 with ten games remaining on the schedule.
Joe Wozny was dominant over 6.2 innings, holding the Royals to just two hits while matching the career-high in strikeouts (15) he set in last Saturday’s 5-3 win at Southold. However, it was the Royals that jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the 1st inning on a wild pitch and a controversial obstruction call at the plate. The Bears got one back in the top of the 3rd when Aidan Mega and Joe Wozny reached on consecutive errors. Mega came around to score on a two-out single from Emman Ajewole.
After the Royals were held scoreless in the bottom half, the Bears seized control with three runs in the top of the 4th. The rally began as it so often has this season with Seamus Scanlon and Mega setting the table. Both singled before Wozny reached on an error to load the bases. Tim Wozny followed with a walk to force in a run and knot the game at 2-2. Two pitches later Mega sped home with the lead on a wild pitch. With one out, David Choi dropped down a perfectly placed bunt that scored Joe Wozny with what would prove to be the game-winning run as the Bears pushed their lead to 4-2.
Choi followed his offensive highlight with a defensive gem in the bottom half of the 5th, fielding a two-out bunt and firing a difficult throw to first to end the inning. In the 6th, Wozny recorded two outs on his first three pitches, but a double and an error closed the Port Jeff deficit to 4-3. Wozny capped the inning with his 13th strikeout.
After the Bears failed to tack on a run in the top of the 7th, the Royals came up for last licks. Despite working with a thin, one-run margin, Wozny displayed tremendous poise as he struck out the first two batters looking, the second on a full count. The second at bat pushed Wozny’s pitch count past the 105-pitch limit so the righty fireballer gave way to Ajewole. The Royals added some drama with a single that brought the winning run to the plate, but Ajewole struck out the next batter to close out the thrilling win.
Wozny was simply overpowering in his fourth victory of the year, which ties him for the second-most on Long Island. He retired 17 straight batters from the 1st to the 6th inning, including nine in a row by way of strikeout.
Scanlon led the offense with a game-high 3 hits to up his batting average to .472 while Mega’s 2 hits bumped him up to a gaudy .606. Tim Wozny, Ajewole, and Choi each recorded RBIs in the win.
The Bears next take the diamond tomorrow afternoon in a home match-up with Southold.