Baseball dominates in Battle of Madison Ave

By Josie Emanuelli

The baseball team dropped their Landmark record to 5-4 as they continued conference play in a three-game series on Friday and Saturday against Moravian College.

The Rangers opened with a loss, dropping the game 4-8 Friday before rebounding the next day, winning the first game of the doubleheader 3-1 before the Greyhounds answered back winning the final game of the series 4-17 to tilt the series in their favor. Moravian turned in an impressive performance on Friday, erasing the 4-0 lead the Rangers had in the seventh and eighth inning. Starting pitcher, Ryan Fitzpatrick (‘17) began the game with an impressive performance, earning eight strikeouts through 6.1 innings of pitching, ranking him third in the conference for strikeouts with his current total of 53. Tommy Broyles (‘17) opened the game in his usual dominating fashion, setting the team up for a much needed win. During his time on the mound, he allowed for only one earned run from a handful of hits and walks; he also threw five strikeouts over the seven innings. Despite the loss in the final game of the series, Marc Cohen (‘17) was able to hit his 13th and 14th RBIs of the season and Zach Lipshitz (‘19) was able to knock his 27th hit of the season, ranking highest on the team.

The Rangers were unable to beat their losing streak as they traveled to the College of Staten Island on Tuesday to face off against the Dolphins for the 14th annual Grace Hillery Breast Cancer Awareness Game. The Rangers dropped the game 2-3, the fourth year in a row they have lost to CSI. Despite the loss, there were positive outcomes to the game as well, as Head Coach Brian Hirschberg was able to present a $500 check in support of the cause. The game is named in honor of the mother of a former CSI baseball player, who died of breast cancer just before the 2004 baseball season. Since its inauguration 14 years ago, it has been able to raise $75,000 for breast cancer awareness.

The Rangers were able to break their losing streak with a thrilling 10th inning win against FDU-Florham. The Rangers beat the Devils 8-6 to win back the Madison Avenue trophy, the second time the Rangers have won the trophy since the inaugural game in 2015. Drew began the game in commanding fashion, scoring the first six runs of the game, before the Devils answered back scoring six runs in a row to tie the game, including a run scored at the bottom of the ninth to force the extra inning. Harry Cohen (‘19) helped to minimize the damage in the 8th, forcing two popouts with the bases loaded.  Max Felenstein (‘20), who had three RBIs in the game batted in his third to secure the win for the Rangers in the final inning, after Joe Grossane (‘19) earned a walk with the bases loaded to put Drew in the lead. Broyles continued to show his dominance on the mound, as no pitchers reached base due to his pitching in the 10th.

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