Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Baseball, Gian Crush the 'Bolts, Go to 7-0

So far, so for seven in the two-time title defense, and the last two were by a collective score of 33-3. 

Combine that with the fact that the Hawks put nine runs up against one of the best pitchers in the state, LaSalle's CJ Dandaneau, and it's not too much of a stretch to say that it seems our guys won't have a lot of difficulty putting runs on the board this season. 

It was, however, Gian Martellini who lead the way yesterday, as he tallied three hits - including two home runs, one of which was a grand slam - and seven RBI's in the Hawks' 18-1, five inning win over East at Cranston Stadium. 

Some of Gian's highlights can be seen here - 

...rounding the bases following his first home run:

...a base hit:

...and the grand slam:

Seems somewhat appropriate that if there were a "t" at the end of Gian's name, we'd have the perfect face for the "Giant Part of the Order", as they say on Red Sox broadcasts. 

And, of course, speaking of broadcasts, The Network was on site, live, and in the booth yesterday, with Cam Brennan and Johnathan Feeny providing the play-by-play and analysis.

We did experience some wifi issues yesterday but were were able to resolve them in reasonably short order. Viewers can still watch the latter part of the game in the first UStream box at the top of the page, and the rest of the game can be seen here:

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Dante Baldelli also chipped in with two hits, one of which was a line shot that was misplayed in center field. With Dante's speed, he was off to the races and touched 'em all:

McNasty Caffrey was his usual strong self, yielding only two hits while striking out five in his five innings on the mound, one of which can be seen here:

It seems, then, that with an offense apparently loaded for bear and a pitching staff that can be counted on to keep opponents in check as consistently as they have to this point, Coach Holloway and his staff can look forward to even better things as the season continues to unfold. 

The Hawks will be in action next tomorrow afternoon, Thursday the 24th, when the Johnston Panthers visit Pepin Field for a 4:00 game. The Network will be there for the live broadcast, high above left-center field.