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The Sox Were Trailing, and Then Everything Turned

May 1, 2018 5:09 PM
Douglas B. Brill

LV MSBL Game of the Week: White Sox - Cardinals

He made the turn, and it turned the game.

A take-it-yourself double play flipped momentum as the thus far dominant FOP White Sox defeated the Cardinals 15-3 on Sunday at Laurys Station in the Lehigh Valley Men's Baseball League Game of the Week.

The White Sox (2-0) have now outscored their opponents 27-3 and look like a serious rival to the defending 25 National Division Indians and other perennial contenders in a deep division.

The Cardinals staked out a 3-0 lead in the second inning. Then Sox second baseman Tommy Vazquez turned a double play that turned everything around.

With runners on the corners and one out, Vazquez ranged to his right and in one motion snared the groundball, stepped on the bag, and threw to first to squelch the inning.

After that, it was all White Sox. The Sox put up nine runs in the top of the third and Sox pitchers retired the next 12 Cardinals in order, striking out seven of them.

Adam Maini earned the win, striking out five in three scoreless innings of no-hit relief. Chris Foundas struck out two of the three batters he faced, finishing off Jeff Tanner's two-inning start.

Maini also doubled twice with two RBI and has more hits on the season (4) than he's allowed in eight innings of pitching work (1). Manager-Player Nick Lerch doubled among his three hits and Brian Moore reached four times with two hits and two walks.

The Cardinals (1-2) proved more competitive in their second game of the day but fell 2-1 to the Fountain Hill Maroons, who notched their first win of the season.

Elsewhere ...

In the first game in LV MSBL history to feature a 43 Division team against a 25 Division team, the 25 Black Sox defeated the Gorilla A's by a score of 3-1 despite four no-hit innings from Jeff Carach.. It's been a tough-luck start for the A's, who've now lost twice by a combined three runs.

The 25 Division went 3-0 against their elders. The Royals defeated the defending 43 National Division champion Springtown Mudcats 10-2 in a game that was closer than the score -- it was 1-1 in the seventh inning. The 25 Cyclones remained undefeated with a 12-2 win over the defending 43 American Division champion Diamondbacks.

In the Premier Division, the re-fortified Rays were coming off an Opening Day doubleheader sweep of the Nationals. But on Sunday the defending champion DM Palmisano Sanitation Rangers were overwhelming in an 18-7 victory. 

The Nationals earned their first victory, defeating the Hurricanes 12-0 behind six shutout innings from Vinnie Trivett.
 

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