STATEN ISLAND, NY – Renzo Martini had a big night at the plate for the Baby Bombers as they defeated the visiting Auburn Doubleday’s in front of a crowd of 3,969 at the Richmond County Bank Ballpark.
“I couldn’t have been happier for him [Martini], he is a very good player but got off to a rough start,” said Yankees manager Mario Garza. “To his credit, he staid positive and is grinding away. He is focusing on winning every pitch. I am really proud of him and really happy he is able to have a good night. He is going to turn his season around.”
Martini has raised his season batting average to .208 after hitting .306 over his last ten games. He leads the team with four homeruns and is second in RBIs with 25.
As for the game, the Baby Bombers got on board first in the bottom of the second inning. Austin Aune led off with a double off the wall in right, moved to third on a single by Vicente Conde and scored on a single by Nathan Mikolas.
Jonathan Holder got the start and threw four shutout innings, allowing just a hit and a walk while striking out five. He was followed by Jordan Cote who earned the win. He allowed two runs, one earned, on four hits and a walk.
After Auburn took a brief lead in the top of the fifth inning, the Yankees would take it back for good. Nathan Mikolas worked a walk to start the inning and then scored when Renzo Martini hit a ground ball single to the third baseman that was thrown away, Martini went to third on the errant throw. Devyn Bolasky then worked a walk before Collin Slauybaugh grounded into a force out at second that score Martini. With those runs the Baby Bombers now had a 3-2 lead.
Staten Island cemented their lead in the bottom of the sixth inning adding two more. Connor Spencer led off the inning with a triple and scored on a one-out single by Vicente Conde. After a fly out by Nathan Mikolas, Renzo Martini would hit his eighth double of the year and earn his 25th RBI when Vicente Conde scored on the play.
Joseph Harvey was next on the mound for the Yankees, tossing two innings of shutout ball allowing just a hit while striking out three. Conor Mulle followed him, throwing two hitless innings allowing two walks and striking out two. All and all this was the type of game the Baby Bombers needed.
In the stands the Staten Island Yankees set a new world record for most false-mustaches worn at one time with 3,219 people out of the 3,969 in attendance sporting them.
Tonight, these two teams will face off in game two of the series. Left-hander Joseph Montgomery is slated to get the start for Staten Island.