Randolph NJ --- In a game that took two days to complete due to inclement weather, The Randolph Intermediate Division All Star team defeated the Pequannock All Star team 11-0 behind the strong pitching of Pat Coyne and the bat of catcher Mark Darakjy. The game was held at Lakeland Little League field In Stanhope on Thursday and Friday July 9th and 10th.
The runs started piling up early, as starting pitcher Pat Conye helped his own cause at the plate. Coyne homered in his first at bat, and his two run shot over the left field wall put Randolph up 2-0. Shortly after, catcher Mark Darakjy pushed the Randolph lead a little larger by putting a ball over the fence for a solo HR to make the score 3-0.
The bottom of the first was highlighted by some stellar pitching by Conye, as he mowed down the top of Pequannock’s lineup in a 1-2-3 inning.
An uneventful second inning came and went without any scoring from either side. In the top of the third, Randolph’s defense was highlighted by a fantastic double play to end the inning, keeping the shutout alive.
The Bats came back alive in the bottom of the third after a leadoff walk and stolen base by Matt Kratochvil to start the inning. Darakjy struck again with his second home run of the game to stretch the lead to 5-0 and give Randolph a comfortable lead going into the top of the fourth.
The lead was run up to 8-0 in the 4th inning due to timely hitting by Randolph. The rain clouds opened up just as Darakjy put the nail in the coffin by hitting his third homerun of game to give Randolph an 11-0 lead that they would not relinquish. The game was called with two outs left in the top of the fifth and play would resume on the next day.
The game ended in about 5 pitches on the next day and the Randolph All Stars were the Intermediate 50-70 New Jersey Section 1 “I Will Always Do My Best” Champions. Pitcher Pat Coyne got the win with 5 innings and no runs allowed. Co Manger Tom Grane said after the Game “We were a very strong team, but as the tournament progressed it was evident we were getting better as each game went on.” He also added “I think our best baseball is yet to come and I am very proud of our team.” The Randolph team now will travel to play in Atlantic City, with their opponent to be determined.