Baseball: Monin's single lifts Colonie past Saratoga

Contento allows four hits in key Suburban Council game

Colonie used timely hits and a strong performance from starting pitcher Ben Contento in defeating Saratoga 4-3 in a Suburban Council baseball game Friday at Colonie.

Dave Monin drove in the go-ahead run in the bottom of the sixth inning to help the Garnet Raiders (4-2 league, 6-4 overall) beat the Blue Streaks. Monin finished the day with a pair of hits and three RBI.

"Their pitcher (Casey Kerr) was really mixing up his pitches a lot," Monin said. "I got my bat on a curveball (to drive in the winning run)."

"That's why he (Monin) is batting in the three hole," said Colonie coach Kevin Halburian. "He is our most consistent hitter. He has a big swing. Twice today, he came through in the clutch."

Saratoga took a 1-0 lead in the top of the third inning before Colonie scored three times in the bottom of the fourth. Monin belted a two-run double, and Jason Reddy added an RBI single.

Saratoga tied the game in the top of the fifth inning as Wellman Loviza doubled in one run, and Zach Forbes added an RBI single.

Contento settled down after Saratoga's spurt and didn't allow another hit until he was pulled in the middle of the sixth inning. Contento allowed only four hits in the no decision effort.

Colonie's final rally started with one out in the bottom of the sixth inning. Nick Powers reached on an infield single, and Jeff Bink followed with a single to left field. Brendan DiLello's sacrifice fly allowed both runners to move up one base before Monin drove in Powers with the winning run.

Kerr scattered eight hits and struck out four batters in a complete-game performance for Saratoga, but he wound up with the loss. Powers picked up the victory in relief of Contento by getting the final four Saratoga batters out in order.

"We tried to make their (Saratoga) pitcher throw a lot of pitches, and he did," said Halburian. "We worked him deep into the count, and he tired. It showed nice discipline by us as the plate."

"We can take a lot of positives aways from this game," said Saratoga coach Dean Bailey. "We played a good seven innings, and we gave ourselves a chance to win. That's all I can ask of them."

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