STATEN ISLAND, NY – As the best in Staten Island entertainment competed off the field the Staten Island Yankees played some of their best baseball on the field. After a tough stretch where they won just 3 of their last 7 the Yankees were looking a chance to turn things around and they did just that behind pitcher Domingo Acevedo.
Acevedo, the 6-foot 7-inch flamethrower who has become the ace of the Baby Bombers pitching staff, threw a career best 5 1/3 innings to earn the win. He struck out 7 of the 18 Vermont Lake Monsters batters that he faced and allowed just 3 hits and 1 run.
At the plate the Yankees were led by left fielder Zack Zehner who had 3 hits. Kevin Cornelius and new comer Trey Amburgey had 2 hits apiece in the game.
Staten Island plated their first run in the bottom of the third inning, tying the game after Jeff Hendrix walked, moved to second on a while pitch and scored on a line drive single by Thairo Estrada.
The Baby Bombers took the lead in the bottom of the fourth inning and never looked back. Trey Amburgey was hit by a pitch, moved to second on a ground out before being tagged out at third after a single by Zack Zehner. Drew Bridges then lined his fourth homerun of the season over the right-centerfield fence to plate 2 runs.
The Yankees added 2 more runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. Kevin Cornelius singled, moved to second on a throwing error and scored on a double by Trey Amburgey, his first hit as a member of the Staten Island Yankees. Amburgey stole third and scored after a throwing error by the Vermont catcher.
Staten Island was not done yet as they added another 2 runs to their total in the bottom of the eighth inning. Kevin Cornelius and Trey Amburgey singled back-to-back to start the inning and then moved up 90-feet on a single by Zack Zehner. That set up Cornelius and Amburgey to score on a single to center by Eduardo de Oleo.
Vermont would get 1 run back in the top of the ninth but was not able to mount a rally. Left-handed pitcher Jonny Drozd threw 1 2/3 innings of shutout baseball allowing just 2 hits before Andre De Bosque came in to earn the save with 2 innings of work, allowing a run on a hit and a walk.
Sunday night the Staten Island Yankees will go for the sweep with 2015 second round draft pick Jeff Degano on the hill for the Baby Bombers.