Revenge would not be had on a cold, Friday afternoon for the C. Milton Wright Mustangs, as Fallston presented the team with its second loss of the season, 6-2, before the Cougars turned sights on the Franklin Indians, 13-8, in double header action.
Briefly falling to a 1-0 deficit in the third inning, the Cougars notched a five-run fifth to amount a huge lead over the Mustangs, and being matched with a run in the sixth for the 6-2 win.
“It means a lot,” Fallston coach John Connolly said of the second win over reigning Class 3A state champions. “We came out today and hit a terrific pitcher and gave him his first loss of the season.”
Kyle McCafferty was one of the driving forces in Fallston’s second win over C. Milton, going two-for-four with two doubles, four runs batted in and a run scored.
McCafferty broke the game open in the fifth with a base-clearing double, driving in three Cougars and giving Fallston its first lead of the game, 3-1. He later added another run to the Fallston scoreboard, driving in Brandon Del Pilar with a double in the sixth for the final run.
The scoring was picked-up in the fifth by Rob Randall, driving in McCafferty with an RBI-single, before walks would see Josh Walker and Steve Webster reach base and earn RBIs to close out the inning.
“They started putting the bat in the ball,” C. Milton coach Tony Blackburn said of the big Falston inning. “It was the second or third time through the lineup for them and they started putting the bat on the ball. You throw as hard as he does and the balls are going to jump.
“We left guys on second and third three times in the game, and if we could have gotten those guys in it would have been a different game.”
Del Pilar laced a double in his two-for-three game, scoring twice, while John Hetterman made the C. Milton Wright mound his own.
Hetterman pitched a complete game allowing two runs on six hits, one earned run and strike out four batters.
Testa and Martin scored the only runs for C. Milton Wright, while Clow and Klecan each added multi-hit games.
“We just have to start playing better,” Blackburn said. “You come out, it rains and you can’t get into a rhythm. I’m not making excuses, I just think we need to get out and play more regularly.”
The Cougars nearly slipped to the Franklin Indians while riding the high of their second victory over Wright, losing a three-run lead in the third inning and giving up four runs in the fifth before notching their own eight-run inning for a 13-8 win.
“I told them yesterday it would be a challenge to get wins over two top teams, and they showed up for the challenge,” Connolly said. “It was a long day, but they came through with the victories.”
Fallston’s break-out fifth came after nearly four and a half hours of baseball for the Cougars, seeing walks and five timely hits drive-in eight runs, including a perfectly placed bunt by Matt Del Pilar and a two-RBI single by big brother Brandon.
Matt finished the second game two-for-three, being hit by a pitch in his first at bat, scoring twice and catching a foul ball while fighting the backstop to limit the Franklin scoring in the fourth.
Brandon was also hit by a pitch in his two-for-four game, driving in three runs and scoring once, as Josh Walker ripped double in his two-hit game and drove in another three.
Perfection at the plate was achieved by Justin Sommer, who went three-for-three with three RBIs and three scores, helping McCafferty pitch his third save of the year in two innings of work.
Franklin saw some big hits from key players, Friday, including a homer and double by Skaro, and a triple by Thompson.
Halle finished with a two-for-four day, scoring once with an RBI, while Silcott and Dioguardo each scored two runs.
Fallston will hope to keep scoring their big-run inning in their next game, playing North Harford on Monday.
“I think it is important that we can deliver when we need to,” Connolly said of the Cougar scoring power. “We have been scoring four runs a game, so today to come out and score six against C. Milton and 13 against Franklin, that’s huge.
“The bats came a live today and hopefully it carries into our next games.”
Fallston 6, C. Milton Wright 2
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Fallston 13, Franklin 8
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