Melillo, Greszeszak power Explorers
As long as a team keeps the game close, it is just a couple long balls away from tying the score or taking the lead. ia Salle wasn’t exactly crushing the ball as a team against the Haverford School, but the Explorers got clutch bombs when they needed it.
Although cords’ starter Pat salentine put in a solid sixplus innings of work, Chris Melillo and Ag Greszseszak took him deep twice, including once each in the top of the seventh inning, to erase D 4-2 GHfiFLW DnG RSHn WKH season with a T-4 win on the road.
“Ag is a sophomore and we were going to DH for him to keep the pressure off him,” ia Salle coach goe Parisi said. “At the last minute f decided to let him swing the bat and we lucked out because he hit two home runs.”
After two straight Explorers’ strikeouts to start the game, Melillo blasted his fiUVW KRPH Uun WR GHDG FHnter to give ia Salle a N-M lead. The cords answered in the top of the second, snagging the lead on two manufactured runs. Haverford scratched two more runs DFURVV Ln WKH fiIWK WR RSHn WKH lead to 4-N and it looked like it would be a comfortable win.
“We knew coming in that Pat was a good pitcher,” Parisi said. “We know that it would be a big deal for them to knock off the defending state champs and we are ready for that. We try to prime our guys to let them know that they are going to get everyone’s best shot.”
However, when a team has the power that ia Salle has, it is never out of the game. salentine was barely