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Johnson's Farm Win First in Rookie 8 League Thriller


Written by: Frank Locantore
Sunday, April 30, 2006

The Johnson's Farm Blue Jays finally put one in the win column after Saturdays 5-4 victory over Wu Rehab. The game started out as a real pitcher's duel with neither team getting a runner past first until the third inning. In the Third, Wu Rehab was able to get a runner as far as third before Johnson's pitcher Austin Kennedy closed the door with a strike-out and two put-outs on balls hit right back to the mound. Way to go Austin. Coach Locantore, in a move right out of Phillies Manager Charlie Manuel's play book waited too long to move to the bullpen in the top of the fourth when Wu Rehab's bats came alive. Wu Rehab plated four runs and took a 4-0 lead into the bottom of the fourth. Just when it looked like another early season setback for the boys from Johnson's farm, thier bats awoke from their post spring training nap. Jonathan Locantore got things going with a double to straight away center field, eventually scoring on the play after a couple of miscues. Johnson's then loaded the bases for Zach Amisano who quickly cleared them with a smash to the left-center gap. Amisano would eventually score on a hit by Matt Klischies to give the Jay's a 5-4 lead, their first of the season. Jonathan Locantore came on in the fifth to close the game out for Johnson's. In the fifth, Wu Rehab put runners on second and third with no outs and things got a little tense. Locantore then slammed the door by striking out the next three batters to seal the first victory for Johnson's farm. Johnson's will attempt to even their record on Tuesday night. One of the games highlights was the pitching of Zach "Wild Thing" Amisano. Amisano dominating in his two innings of work, not allowing a runner past first and recording 6 strikeouts. His bat was not too shabby either. Austin Kennedy gave the team one and half gritty innings with his off-speed stuff.

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