The Atlantics met the Eckfords for a Long Island match-up at the Smithtown Historical Society this past Saturday. The Eckford squad tried out some new players for this doubleheader and faced an experienced pitcher in Marc “Nice&Easy” Josloff. The Eckfords scored first in the second inning but were equaled by the Atlantics soon after and although they would score in the fourth inning to again take the lead it would not be enough. The Atlantics put four across the plate that inning followed by three more the next and roll to a 10-4 victory. Both teams had a mix of excellent and poor defensive plays. Dean “Dreambucket” Emma led the Atlantics with three hits including a double, and was followed by Anthony “Dirty Pirate” Cannino, George “Wildhorse” Ferchland, and Nice & Easy with two hits each.
The second match showed both teams defensive prowess. The Eckfords took an early 2-0 lead but couldn’t hold on to it as the Atlantics whittled away and finally took the lead in the fifth inning. The Eckfords tallied once more in the sixth but that would be all as the Atlantics held on for the 4-3 victory. Against the stingy Eckford Defense the Atlantics only cracked four hits. The Dirty Pirate, “Tricky” Rick Stattler, Sean “Toothpick” Ness, and Billy “Goat” Kowalczyk swung their bats solidly. Nice & Easy pitched the complete game for his second victory of the day.
The Atlantics next play an exhibition game in Coney Island at MCU Park, the home of the Brooklyn Cyclones. The Atlantics will be playing the Elizabeth Resolutes beginning at 3:30PM.