The second game of the season was played on May 29th with “Cup of Joe in the Morning” coming out on top in a closely contested 6-5 game. At the plate, Sorce bounced back from a tough 2-11 by going 6-14 with two home runs. But he got off to a slow start on the mound and gave up five runs in the first two innings.
“Early on I was having some trouble locating my fastball and they were putting some good swings on the ball and making things happen,” Sorce said. “I was able to settle down after that and only gave up one run but unfortunately we didn’t get much going ourselves offensively until the end but it wasn’t enough and that one run turned out to be enough for them.”
They ran into Joe Colonna on the mound, who was a tough luck loser in his first start in which he hurled a quality start but was unable to get a win. This time, Colonna was able to pick up the victory as he gave up the two home runs, including a two run shot by Sorce in the seventh to make it a one run game, but his offense got him enough run support to pick up the W.
“You have to give him credit,” Sorce said of Colonna’s effort on the mound. “He was able to vary his speeds with his breaking ball and was able to keep us off balance. Some balls that we hit hard they made some nice plays on defensively. It was one of those days where all you can do is tip your cap and move on.”
With this game the season series was tied at a game a piece and Sorce and Colonna both went to 1-1 on the mound.
In the season’s third game on June 3rd, the game ended in a tie after nine innings due to time constraints and someone’s radio show. The final score was 6-6 in nine innings. The offense on both sides were provided by one person. Sorce went 11-21 at the plate with two home runs and drove in all six runs to boost his season average to .413.
On the other side, Colonna also drove in all six runs. On the mound, Colonna worked a complete game, hurling nine innings and limiting the damage as the game went along. He did show some maturity concerns as he was noticeably upset after Sorce hit a three run home run in the third which put an end to his quality start.
“When I saw his reaction after that home run, I went to the mound to talk to him,” DaPrato said. “He said he was upset about losing his quality start. That really upset me because it shows that he is not being a team player by focusing on the quality start rather than the fact that the game is not over and we can still win. And also when he takes out his phone while on the bases is annoying as well. He does not have a very high baseball IQ and being teammates with him can be difficult at times. But he did drive in all six of our runs so I have to give him credit for that.”
Colonna also owes DaPrato some credit for keeping his team in the game as the four time gold glover (losing out to Pete Vaccaro in 2013, according to DaPrato himself), made a handful of clutch plays to prevent more runs from scoring on numerous occasions.
On the mound, Sorce threw nine innings and struck out eight. Greg Holland attempted to close out a 6-4 lead in the seventh, but Colonna ripped a two run double over the left field fence to tie the game. No further runs would be scored after that swing by Colonna.
Time will tell when the next game between these two teams will be. Each team now stands 1-1-1 on the young 2015 campaign.