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Posted: 04/24/13

Above, junior Jason Sammut reaching and making it back to first base safely after trying to steal on April 15 against Henry Ford II. Below, senior Alec Padilla eyeing home plate with his fastball pitch during the second inning against Henry Ford II.

(Observer photo by Mike Nicley)

Romeo wins both in
double against Ford II

Observer Sports Writer
      Normally when you say that a baseball team took two from another team you are referring to a double-header. However, this doubleheader sweep took three days to complete, as the Romeo varsity baseball team beat Utica Ford II on Monday, 11-5, at Ford then swept the MAC White divisional series on Wednesday with a 3-1 win at Romeo.
       The Bulldogs will do something similar throughout the remainder of the year including this week when they do a home-and-home with Grosse Pointe North on Monday and Wednesday.
       Romeo 11, Utica Ford II 5:
       Monday at Ford, senior catcher Joe Gardner had three hits including a double and a grand slam and had five RBIs to lead the Bulldogs in their MAC White opener.
       Eric Shankin hit a two-run home run, scored two runs and had three RBIs, Josh Hinkley went 2-for-3, including two doubles, scored three runs and had one RBI; Ryan Price drove in a run on two hits and scored twice, Alec Padilla was 1-for-1, with one RBI and Derek Staelgraeve finished with a double in four at bats.
       "I was pleased with our performance today,'' said Romeo Coach Tim DeLamielleure. "It's always important to win league games and even more important to win league openers. Joey (Gardner) really lifted us with his grand slam in the fourth. We scored three in the first and they came back and scored two in the bottom of the third. Responding with four in the top half of the fourth really took away any momentum they had."
       Senior Jesse Rometty (1-0) gave up two earned runs on seven hits, walked one and struck out four in four and two-thirds innings of relief for the win.
       "Jesse did an excellent job of coming into an emergency situation after an early injury and competing,'' said DeLamielleure. "He really picked us up with his efforts. He wanted to go out for the seventh inning, but he had thrown a lot of pitches and we had a big lead."
       Romeo 3, Utica Ford II 1:
       Wednesday, April 17, at Romeo winning pitcher, junior Greg Antoine (1-0), allowed one earned run on two hits, walked three and struck out four in five complete innings for the win and also drove in a run to lead Romeo.
       Shankin worked the final two innings, allowing two hits while striking out six to earn the save for the Bulldogs, who improved to 2-0 in the White division, 5-0 overall.
       "Both guys did an excellent job on the mound today,'' said DeLamielleure of his pair of right-handers. "Greg (Antoine) did an excellent job early pitching in a tight ball game and Eric (Shankin) was very impressive with his command in a closing opportunity."
       Gardner continued to swing a hot bat finishing with two hits in three at bats, had an RBI and one stolen base. Staelgraeve had a hit and an RBI and senior third baseman Ryan Price had one hit and scored twice.
       "Runs weren't as easy to come by tonight but we finished strong and that is very important," added DeLamielleure. "Good teams win close ball games and I was very pleased we found a way to win this one."

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