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Johnson's Farm drops opener!


Written by: Frank Locantore
Tuesday, April 25, 2006

The Johnson's Farm Blue Jays lost their opener to the Medford Police Association of the Rookie 8's in a nail biting 5-4 loss on Monday. The Johnson Jays had no answer for the fireballing pitchers on the hill for the Police Association team led by Coach Vonderschmidt. The Police Association pitchers were working on a perfect game until the top of the fourth inning when Evan "eagle eye" Johnson worked a walk for the Jays first baserunner. Johnson was stranded at first as the next batter struck out. In the top of the fifth, the Jays mounted a furious comeback. Five consecutive hits by the Jays 2 through 7 hitters plated four runs with the big hit, a bases loaded triple, off the bat of Shane Moore knocking in three runs.  The Jays were down by one run when the Police Association pitcher, Jake Askin, struck out the next three batters stranding the tieing run at third base. Jonathan Locantore came in to relieve Zach Amisano who was throwing a blazing fast ball in the first inning and a half before having trouble finding the strike zone. Said Amisano after the game "the ump was squeezing me-he would not give me the corners". Locantore pitched two scoreless innings. Johnson's showed they can really play defense with some heads-up play by third baseman Austin Kennedy and shortstop Matt Klischies who just returned from extended spring training in Florida. The Jays next game is Friday the 28th.

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