Thursday, July 20, 2006

Kontos Fans Eight, Staten Island Edges Williamsport 2-1

STATEN ISLAND, NY -George Kontos pitched six innings of one-run ball, fanning eight to help Staten Island (18-12) edge Williamsport 2-1 in front of 4,560 at Richmond County Ball Park Thursday afternoon to take the rubber game of the series.

In a game which took only two hours and sixteen minutes to play, the Northwestern product was in control against the Crosscutters.

"I came out early game trying to stay focused," Kontos said. "Get focused early and stay focused. It worked out well...For the most part I threw the ball well."

Given a two-run lead in the third thanks to a Russell Raley RBI single and a throwing error by Williamsport shortstop Angel R. Gonzalez which scored Raley, Kontos' only hiccup came in the fourth when he allowed the first three batters to reach base, including a Miles Durham runscoring single which cut the lead in half.

"I think that was just a lack of focus," Kontos explained. "I was leaving the ball up and wasn't throwing the ball down getting ahead of hitters. When you do that, it comes around to hurt you."

But Kontos was able to get out of further trouble by retiring the final three Crosscutters. He finished strong by getting the last nine- striking out four en route to improving to 3-2.

The rehabbing Octavio Dotel, Luke Trubee and Nick Peterson tossed three scoreless frames to help give the Baby Bombers their 12th win in 14 games.

Notes: After allowing a leadoff single to Greg Picart in the ninth, Peterson got some defensive help when first baseman Kevin Smith started a 1-6-3 double play. He then got Barkdale to ground out to Hilligoss- notching his eighth save of the season. ... With a hit in four at bats, Hilligoss increased his batting average to .321. ... Baby Bombers hit the road for a three-game set against Auburn. They swept the Doubledays last Fall to capture their third NY-Penn League championship. ... Staten Island returns home to St. George next Tuesday against Batavia.

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