The Avengers' bats are hot again, breaking a two-game slide, as they're now back to the .500 mark on the strength of its current three-game winning streak.
ASA is averaging 10 runs per game during this stretch – wins that include 14-run performances in two of the three conquests. Last week's sweep of Suffolk County Community College was the impetus, as the Avengers (19-19-1) earned wins of 14-0 and 2-1, respectively, including a thrilling conclusion to close out the doubleheader. Suffolk entered the seventh inning nursing a three-hit 1-0 lead. But ASA notched two runs in the top-half of the frame to take the lead and pitcher Alfredo Yan (3-3) finished what he started to earn the complete-game victory. Yan yielded just three hits and fanned nine in going the distance. Centerfielder Darwin Tavarez and second baseman Carlos Martinez were the heroes at the plate, knocking in the game-tying and game-winning RBIs.
The first game of the doubleheader lacked the same drama, as ASA hammered out 14 runs on 12 hits, including the decisive 11-run second inning. Tavarez (1-for-3) led all with four RBIs, while catcher David Torres (1-for-2) and shortstop Miguel Medina 2-for-2, two runs) each added three RBIs. Designated hitter Eurick Perez (2-for-2, two runs) added two RBIs as well. Medina, Perez, third baseman Reynaldo Guillen (2-for-3), and leftfielder Hendry Arnaud all crossed the plate twice to decimate Suffolk. ASA's pitching was also effective as starter Blaylor Galice (2-2) went the distance yielding just three hits while striking out four.
ASA's most recent win, a 14-2 hammering of Rockland Community College on Tuesday, also lacked any dramatics. Luis Sanchez Tejada (6-1) went the distance in allowing just three hits and whiffing six. The bats were just as torrid, as rightfielder Oliver Liranzo (2-for-3, two runs, a double, three RBIs), first baseman Joseph Enea (2-for-3, one run, one RBI), and Tavarez (2-for-4, one run, one RBI) all hit home runs. Torres (2-for-3) added three RBIs and Martinez (1-for-3, run) knocked in two.
The Avengers are beginning to peak at the right time, as they gear up for regional postseason play, next week. Up next for the ascending team is a Thursday visit to Nassau Community College.