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Big 4th Inning Powers Bears

May 10, 2021
Porrino in action earlier this season (PC: Bruce Jeffrey)

On Saturday morning the baseball team traveled to Randall’s Island and came home with a 15-4 victory over the New York Rebels.

Lee Santiago was again the catalyst for the Bears when he led off the top of the first with a single before stealing second base. Justin Porrino followed with a line drive to right which plated Santiago to give the Brook a 1-0 lead before the first out was recorded. Porrino then took the ball for the Bears and worked a scoreless bottom of the first. After a strikeout and a pop up, the senior yielded a double and hit the next batter, but refocused to end the threat with a strikeout.

In the top of the second, Aaron Babaev began the inning by wearing a pitch and Logan Charboneau followed with a single to third base to put two on with no outs. A Tim Wozny single plated Babaev for a 2-0 lead before the Rebels bounced back with three straight outs to hold their deficit for the time being. In the bottom half, Porrino was able to work around a 1-out error thanks to a double play from Wozny who snared a line drive and doubled the runner off second.

In the top of the third, Santiago and Porrino produced a carbon copy of the first inning as Santiago singled, stole second, and came home on a Porrino line drive. 3-0. The Bears got no more, but Porrino rung up a third scoreless inning as he danced around a leadoff error with a strikeout and a 5-4-3 double play.

The Blue & White offense roared in the fourth when they exploded for 9 runs to put the game away. Here were the scoring plays:

  • Jayden Stroman singles to CF. Wozny (triple) scores. 4-0.
  • Porrino singles to LF. Stroman scores. 5-0.
  • Jojo Franco singles to CF. Todd Feurtado (single) & Porrino score. 7-0.
  • Tyler Smith doubles to CF. Franco scores. 8-0.
  • Charboneau singles to CF. Smith scores. 9-0.
  • Wozny doubles to LF. Babaev (single) scores. 10-0.
  • Stroman reaches on an E5. Charboneau & Wozny score. 12-0.

When the dust settled, 14 batters had come to the plate with 9 coming around to score as the Brook built a 12-0 lead. Porrino yielded a single run in the 4th when he put the leadoff batter on after hitting him with a pitch, then gave up a 1-out double, but it was his only blemish in an otherwise sterling outing that saw him give up just 2 hits while ringing up 5 strikeouts in four innings of work.

In the top of the fifth the Bears tacked on three more runs. After Chris Diesso (E6), Porrino (HBP), and Franco (HBP) loaded the bases with 1-out, Smith registered a walk, Babaev singled to right field, and Charboneau was hit by a pitch to push across a trio of scores. The Rebels struck for three in the bottom of the inning, but the Bears took the shortened affair, 15-4.

Porrino led the way with 3 hits and 3 RBIs while Santiago (2 hits), Franco (1 hit, 2 RBIs), Smith (1 hit, 2 RBIs), Babaev (2 hits, 1 RBI), Charboneau (2 hits, 2 RBIs), Wozny (3 hits, 2 RBIs), Stroman (1 hit, 1 RBI), Ben Monforth (1 hit), and Feurtado (1 hit) rounded out a very balanced attack.

The Bears are back in action this Thursday in a home match-up with Poly Prep.

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