MOOSIC- The Lackawanna Trail Lions earned their eighth win and remained unbeaten April 25 after shutting down the Riverside Vikings, 6-0. But with two men on base and a runner in scoring position with no outs in the first inning, it sure didn’t look like Trail would stay perfect. Lions pitcher Peter Murazzi had something to say about that.
Riverside pitcher Tyler Piccotti started the game with a leadoff single and promptly stole second.
One batter later, with two on and a runner threatening, Murazzi dug himself in, did the heavy lifting, and kept his team from folding. Even a leadoff double in the third didn’t faze Murazzi. He managed to pull the Lions out of both jams while also securing the shutout.
Murazzi finished the day tallying 11 strikeouts and surrendered only five hits. His only walk came in the seventh inning. When asked about how his arm felt after the game, “I’m fine,” Murazzi said. “I threw 128 pitches last game.”
Murazzi talked strategy. He says he likes to get in his opponents’ heads.
“I try and get them thinking I’m going to do something all game, then I switch it on them.”
Murazzi threw 16 straight first pitch fastballs before switching to his curve in the fourth inning.
The Lions travel to Mountain View (5-2) May 2. Murazzi is the likely to get his next start against the Eagles.
Fellow Lions Victor Rosa and Cooper Rosiak had Riverside’s number in this one. Rosa went 3-4 with two steals, two RBIs and a run scored.
Rosiak, also 3-4, stole three bases, had an RBI and touched home twice.
“The defense played well, Pete played well. He kept his count down and kept ahead in the count,” said head coach Todd Peters about his team’s performance.
Peters said Rosa is the team’s “spark plug.” Peters stated that he’s learned to expect Rosa to have this kind of day, saying, “It seems like he’s always on base.”
Peters and his Lions go back to Trail for a busy week of baseball. “We try and take things one game at a time,” Peters said. Lackawanna Trail’s next opponent is Susquehanna (5-5), and after that, Mountain View. “Mountain View has guys back healthy that they didn’t have before. They should be tougher than last time.”
The Lions move on to 8-0 as the Vikings drop to 1-7.
As for Riverside, errors proved to be a continuing problem for the Vikings. After committing seven errors in their previous outing, Riverside followed up on Thursday with six more, not including a balk from Piccotti in the second inning.