Melillo, Greszeszak power Ex­plor­ers

The Globe - - OPINION - By Nick Iuele

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

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