Big League Baseball Opens
By Frank Rizzo
MONTICELLO — June 30, 2000 -- The Monticello Big League Baseball team
opened its season on May 28 by spliting a doubleheader versus
(Big League baseball is an extension of Little League and teams consist
of 16-to-18 year-old boys.)
Otisville prevailed in the first contest by a 6-4 score, but Monticello
rebounded to grab a 10-8 victory in the nightcap.
In the first inning of the opener, Otisville quickly jumped out to a
4-0 lead — thanks in part to a pair of Monticello errors.
But Monticello battled back in the bottom of the first. Raul Vaquedano’s
RBI single brought home Gil Suarez and Brian Heavey to cut the
Otisville lead in half.
In the bottom of the second, Vaquedano again stroked the key hit. His
single scored Abe Cores and John Snowden to knot the score at 4-4.
Runs scored by Otisville’s Bob Hanson in the fourth and Brian Dermott
in the fifth gave the visitors their winning margin.
Despite pitching a complete game and surrendering only one earned run,
Monticello’s Rich Fello took the loss. Otisville hurler Matt Uhrig,
who also went the distance, picked up the win.
A five-run outburst in the sixth inning of the second game propelled
Monticello to victory. Suarez, who had four hits on the day, ripped an
RBI single to plate Brett Bradley and Chris McBride, which broke a 5-5
Vaquedano, who finished the day with a total of six RBI, then singled
home Heavey and Suarez. Later in the frame, Suarez doubled to score
Terrence Hulse for a 10-5 Monticello lead.
Otisville’s Brad Natalizio hit a solo home run in the bottom of the
sixth and Otisville scored twice in the last half of the seventh, but
Monticello hung on for the win.
Hulse went all seven innings for Monticello and earned the win, while
Otisville’s Justin Soudant, who fanned six Monticello batters in the
contest, took the loss.
Hulse helped his own cause in the top of the first when he knocked in
Suarez and Heavey, each of whom had singled, for an early 2-0 lead.
Otisville scored once in the first, but Monticello responded with a
pair of runs in second and one in the third. Stephen Figura and Brett
Bradley both walked and eventually came around to score in the top of
Suarez singled and later scored in the top of the third to give
Monticello a 5-1 lead.