Game Summary

Knights Lose Close one to the Storm!

After losing 6 games to bad weather over the past 2 weeks, the Knights finally had a nice day of weather and the opponent turned out to be the Storm. Birchwood Park would have been under water, but the Storm raked the field on Sunday night so the game was on. Matt Levy took the mound to face his old teammates. The first 3 innings looked as though a rusty Knights team was facing a superior opponent as the Storm scored 2 runs in each frame. The Knights showed signs of life in the third inning when they loaded the bases off 2 singles from Jordan Cox and Richie Cave, then after a sacrifice bunt from Dan O'Shea Pete Alfano walked to load the bases with 2 outs, but that's all the Knights could muster.

The Knights began the top of the fourth with a John Bosch walk and a rocket double off the bat of Bobby Gruttadauria. John Bosch was able to score an attempted pick off at second and Bobby soon followed when Mike Urtnowski knocked a single threw the infield. The defense was finally able to shut down the Storm offense in the bottom of the inning when Hector Rolon threw out a runner attempting to steal second, Dan O'Shea made a great play at short and Matt struck out the lead off batter to end the 1-2-3 inning.

Using that momentum the Knights bats awakened fully. Dan O'Shea led off with a walk in his third at bat against recently drafted, lefty starter Derrick Hurley. Tommy Reilly then singled and John Bosch was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Bobby Gruttadauria had seen enough of the pitcher and was able to tie the game with a grand slam over the right field fence. With only one out the Knights continued hitting and getting on base with Hector Rolon scoring the go ahead run during a fielder's choice that could have ended the inning if not for the perfect take out slide by Jordan Cox.

Over the long top inning pitcher Matt Levy tightened up a bit and the Storm took advantage fast, scoring 2 runs in 2 batters off a double and a homerun. Luke Clement came in and shut the door, but the Knights didn't have enough left to make another run. The Storm took a 10-7 lead after the fifth and that's how the score ended. Reflecting on the game manager Paxton Provitera was heard saying, "That's the first time I enjoyed playing the Storm...it must have been because Matterazo wasn't here!" The Knights showed they can play with anyone and more importantly that they can play relatively error free.

Knights Knotes:
* Congratulations to Bobby Gruttadauria for passing all his stock broker exams!

* Happy Birthday Jessica (Wednesday June 4)!

* Chicago is just around the corner, everyone should book flights and hotel rooms!

Linescore: (7)
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NY Knights 0 0 0 2 5 0 0 7 5 1
LI Storm 2 2 2 0 4 0 x 10 12 1
WP - Hurley, Derrick
LP - Levy, Matt (1-2)

Knights Boxscore:
2B: Gruttadauria, Bobby (3);
HR: Gruttadauria, Bobby (1);
RBI: Cave, Rich (4); Urtnowski, Mike (4); Gruttadauria, Bobby 4 (11);
Batter AB R H RBI BB K AVG
O'Shea, Dan 1 1 0 0 2 0 .167
Alfano, Pete Jr. 3 0 0 0 1 1 .412
Reilly, Tommy 4 1 1 0 0 0 .278
Bosch, John 2 2 0 0 2 1 .167
Gruttadauria, Bobby 4 2 2 4 0 0 .462
Rolon, Hector 4 1 0 0 0 3 .471
Urtnowski, Mike 3 0 1 1 1 1 .313
Cox, Jordan 2 0 2 0 1 0 .500
Cave, Rich 3 0 1 1 0 1 .167
Pitcher IP H R ER BB SO ERA
Levy, Matt 4.0 10 10 9 4 3 4.94
Lucas Clement 2.0 2 0 0 3 3 0.00