Heavy rains dampens ABCCL’s action

first_imgThe heavy rains put a damper on ABCCL action over the weekend as field conditions did not permit games to be played. The Jersey Shore Tides had their doubleheader called off with the Wall Angels on Sunday. Earlier in the week, the Tides had the misfortune of having a game called in the fourth inning due to the failure of the lights at the Protocall Starz home field in Medford. The Tides took a 3-0 lead into the fourth behind three perfect innings from their ace, Marlton’s Bill Wieland (Virginia Commonwealth University). Wieland retired nine straight batters, striking out two in each of the first and second innings, and one in the third before the game was suspended. The Tides offense was supplied by Plantation, Florida’s Derrick Gamble (Nyack College) who was 2-for-2, and Manalapan’s Jordan Novel (Felician College), who doubled home a run. Wieland added a hit to help his own cause, as did Watchung’s Mike Gatti (University of Pennsylvania) and Columbia, MO’s Nick Steponovich (Ohio State University). Three walks were drawn by Holmdel’s Chris Kapsales (Niagara University). Wieland joined the Tides after pitching several key games for the VCU Rams, where he had a 4-3 record. He pitched the Rams into their conference final with a six inning, six-strikeout victory against UNC-Wilmington, but the Rams lost the final and missed a tournament bid. Four of Wieland’s teammates were drafted by Major League Baseball teams, and Tides’ manager Jeremy Milonas said he expects to see scouts looking at Wieland this summer as well as in his upcoming collegiate season. In other action during the week, the Tides struggled offensively and were unable to pick up a victory. Limited offense was provided with extra base hits by Staten Island’s Tom Ambrosole (Lafayette College), Saratoga Springs, NY’s Rob Coughlin (Wesleyan University), Kapsales, and Columbia, MO’s Joe Gaboury (William Jewell College). Mike Gatti added two singles and a stolen base, and a base hit by Middletown and Red Bank Catholic’s Chris Messa (College Misericordia). In addition to Wieland, strong pitching performances were provided by Cedar Knolls’ Brian Kelley (Dickinson College), Gamble, and Kapsales during the week. The Tides announced that former Tide Mike Pahira of Holmdel joined the Tides as an assistant coach. Pahira, a four-year starter at Pace University, was the Tides’ all-time home run leader. After graduating from Pace, where four of his teammates were selected in the MLB draft, Pahira decided to join CPA firm Wiss & Co. rather than pursuing a baseball career. The Tides are back in action this week and will hopefully avoid further rainouts. The updated ABCCL schedule, including scheduled make-up games, can be found at www.abccl.com.last_img

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *