The Mustangs were feeling great after a big 3-0 win over Finger Lakes Community College on Sunday. Next on the docket for their trip to the Ripken Experience was SUNY Jefferson Community College, a team that had defeated them during last year's spring break trip.
Montgomery struggled early, allowing the Cannoneers to jump out to a 4-0 lead. However, after a pep talk from Head Coach Mike Fitzgerald, the team had no choice but to wake up.
Finally, Grant Templeton (FR, PA Cyber Charter) blasted his first single of the trip in the second inning to grab 2 RBIs and put the Mustangs back in it. The next inning, sophomore Logan Curley (Upper Perkiomen) hit his first homerun of his collegiate career. The play from the sophmore completely revitalized the Mustangs.
From that point, the Mustangs never looked back. They would grab five more runs that inning and take a commanding 8-4 lead. Two more runs in the fourth and fifth innings would give the Mustangs a comfortable 10-4 lead heading into the seventh inning.
However, in a completely bizarre situation, the Cannoneers would bounce back a little bit in the seventh inning. After grabbing two runs on two outs, the Mustangs only needed one out to win the game.
Eric Boyer (FR, Upper Perkiomen) delivered a great pitch for a strikeout. However, the umpire made the call that the ball hit the ground before reaching the catcher's mit, which meant that the batter was allowed to attempt to get to first base. However, no one realized that the call for a dropped third strike was made, until about five seconds later when the Jefferson batter made a run to first base. The Cannoneers scored one off of that play.
The Mustangs brought in sophmore pitcher Luke Deleo (Pope John Paul) to attempt to save the game. As if the end of this game wasn't bizarre enough, Deleo also struck out the batter, but the last strike was a wild pitch and the batter again advanced to first with another runner scoring. Finally, Deleo struck out the last batter, this time without any weird pitching situations, which ended the game. The Mustangs allowed 2 runs on 3 total strikeouts.
This win moves the Mustangs to 2-0 on their Ripken Experience and 2-1 overall. Tomorrow, they will take on SUNY Schenectady at 12:45pm.