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SLA Baseball Storms Back to Beat King 8-5 on Opening Day

Great Opening Day for SLA as they got revenge with 3 huge runs in the bottom of the sixth for a come-from-behind win over MLK. Shout outs to Nick Manton for knocking in the winning runs with a huge 2-run HR, and then closing out the final inning to secure the win. 

Freshman upstart Kevin Courtney ripped a clutch triple in the gap, and threw 3 scoreless innings to keep the game knotted at 5. Jeffrey Schwartz crushed a 3-0 pitch for an Utley-esque triple to help the Rockets erase a 3-0 deficit in the 2nd, and made solid plays in Center and at Short. 

Freshman Mike Ostrowski made 2 key defensive plays out in Left to keep the game close in the middle frames, and reached base repeatedly. Ethan Reese struck out 6 in 3 innings, threw out 2 guys trying to steal at 2nd once he went behind the plate to catch Kevin in the 4th and also hit 2 doubles.

Of course the players mentioned aren't the only ones responsible for the win. Abe Musselman used his bare hand to knock down a hot shot down the 3rd-base line, keeping it to a single, and SLA got out of the inning without any further damage. Mike Sanders sped down the line on a hard hit infield single and eventually scored the tying run. Stephen Eager-White played a solid 2nd Base and was a nightmare on the bases. 

Raekwon Smith was a rock at first, and hit a monster shot but King's Center Fielder tracked it down. Varsity Coach Douglas Herman kept his cool and didn't let the loud and "Dedicated Coach" from King get under his skin, and made solid moves managing his pitchers to ensure all would be eligible to pitch again this week. Major respect goes to Lulu Nhan for braving the whipping wind and bone-cold conditions throughout the game to keep score and manage the spirit of the team. 

SLA's baseball program is off to a strong start, and will have their Home opener against Freire at their new field in Mt. Airy on Thursday. 

Come on out to support. Rockets on 3- 1...2...3, ROCKETS!!! 

as reported by Ethan Reese and Coach Herman