Two teams blasted four homeruns each. Two players launched multiple homeruns. And one player made the most of his first impression.
Coming up soon for the Rangers: Do it again on TV.
The DM Palmisano Sanitation Rangers and UMB Pirates combined for 8 homeruns Sunday in a doubleheader at Reeders Baseball Field in Tri-County Black & Blue Division action in the Lehigh Valley Men’s Senior Baseball League.
The teams combined to hit the cycle of homers – solo, two-run, three-run, and a grand slam. Then they sprinkled in four more for good measure.
The 8 homeruns were more than half a season’s worth for the whole division. Tri-County Black & Blue players hit 14 homers total in all of 2016.
The Rangers will hope to put on a similar power display when they take on the Gabelsville Owls in a televised game on June 23. The matchup at the renewed Sam Balliet Stadium in Coplay, Pa., will be broadcast on RCN-TV.
Fittingly in Sunday’s Rangers-Pirates barrage, the scoring in each game opened with the longball. Elliot Freeman staked the Pirates to a 1-0 lead with a first-inning solo blast in Game 1, then he did it again in Game 2.
Greg Taylor, making his Rangers debut, homered in his first two plate appearances, a two-run shot and a three-run shot.
“I am pleased with what I saw overall. Very happy to see Greg Taylor make an immediate statement. He's good for this squad, and I'm happy he came aboard this year,” Rangers Manager-Player Jason Gonzalez said.
Chris Pignotti and Nolan Santana added two-run shots for the Pirates in Game 2, which the Rangers pulled out 8-7.
Santana’s blast struck a tree well beyond the left-center field wall. “Absolute bomb,” Pirates Manager Jorge Rodriguez said.
“Our guys battled today. They swung the bats well but the Rangers had a little too much. We look forward to seeing them again in July,” Rodriguez said.
Rangers captain and cleanup hitter Joe Wernimont’s blast made the biggest impact on the scoreboard. He hit a grand slam in Game 1, which the Rangers won 14-1.
Dingers aside, Gonzalez pointed to Dominic Toscano’s 4 doubles and pitcher Daron Whitmore’s complete game.
But there were so many homers even the coach got in on the action: Gonzalez, the Rangers’ Player-Manager, added a blast himself.
OUT TO LAUNCH
Homeruns in the Rangers-Pirates Doubleheader:
Elliot Freeman, Pirates (2)
Greg Taylor, Rangers (2)
Chris Pignotti, Pirates
Joe Wernimont, Rangers
Nolan Santana, Pirates
Jason Gonzalez, Rangers