The Lapels Dry Cleaners Giants and the UPPR LLC Yankees took the field Thursday night at Everett Field in game one of the 2011 VBSL Major League World Series. After the conclusion of the pre-game ceremonies, in which Verona Public Works Superintendent and former-VBSL president Chuck Molinaro Sr. threw out the ceremonial first pitch, the game would become a classic pitchers’ duel.
The Giants’ pitching staff, comprised of Tino Quagliata, Greg Marlo and C.J. Lavery, combined with the Yankees’ pitching staff, comprised of Robert Farley, Michael Daggett and Colin Kiernan, to allow only eight hits throughout the course of the night and record 18 strikeouts in five and a half innings of play.
A long two-run home run to right-centerfield in second inning by the Yankees’ Anthony Pedicini accounted for the first runs on the board. Marlo and Lavery each drove in a run for the Giants one inning later to tie the game at two. However the difference in the game would ultimately be determined by a bases-loaded, RBI walk to the Yankees’ Matt Moran in the third inning, bringing the score to 3-2, the final score.
Game two of the series is supposed to take place tonight, Friday, June 17, at 7:30 p.m. at Everett Field, but the National Weather Service is calling for lots more rain today, so that could change things. A Yankee victory will win the team the championship, a Giant victory will force a game three.