St. Luke's drops home opener to Brunswick
Updated 3:20 pm, Wednesday, April 15, 2015
The visiting Brunswick Bruins plated an unearned run in the bottom of the sixth inning to spoil varsity baseball's home opener on a chilly afternoon at Bucci Baseball Field, defeating St. Luke's 4-3.
St. Luke's tagged Brunswick starter Will O'Brien for three runs in the second inning, with left fielder Skye Andersen delivering the keynote. The junior stroked a double that split the outfielders and rolled to the fence in left center field, scoring Hugh Lavelle and Brian Beaumonte. Senior captain Will Twomey was tagged out at the plate trying to score.
But O'Brien recovered, tossing five productive innings while scattering three runs and three walks. He struck out one. His counterpart, senior captain Ben Rappaport, roared out of the gate for the home team.
The tall right hander kept the Brunswick bats at bay until the visitors tacked on a big inning of their own. Catcher Wil Salomon tied the game up with an RBI single in the fourth inning, but not before two unearned runs crossed the plate. Despite the misty cold, Rappaport held strong in the remaining innings, rebounding to complete six frames while striking out six and walking two. His defense sparkled behind him, highlighted by a highlight-reel diving catch by Hugh Lavelle in right field.
The erstwhile first baseman, Brian Beaumonte, took the mound for the top of the seventh inning, swapping places with Rappaport. The junior induced leadoff hitter Kirk Meyer to ground out before shortstop Connor Redahan walked. Redahan scampered around the bases on passed balls, ultimately scoring. Beaumonte retired the next two, never surrendering an earned run, but the damage was done.
St. Luke's threatened in the bottom of the seventh against Johnson, who was working on his second inning of relief. The sidewinding righty walked Beaumonte and Twomey to put the potential go-ahead run on base. Skye Andersen popped out, and leadoff hitter Jacob Morgenstern grounded into a fielder's choice before stealing second. With two outs and two runners in scoring position, Johnson ultimately prevailed, catching Nick Gault looking on a sizzling fastball on the inner half to end the game. Johnson fanned three batters in his two innings of relief.
The loss dropped the Storm to (0-2) on the early season, while Brunswick improved to (4-2) overall. The Bruins own a (3-0) record in FAA play.