John DiPietro tossed a 3-hit, complete game and Miles Reader and Mark Alessandrini supplied lots of offense as the Washington Township Senators tamed the Philadelphia Zombies 11-3 at Delsea Drive Park. DiPietro was masterful, allowing just three singles, none after the second inning.
The Zombies started off on the right foot against DiPietro, plating two first-inning runs. Steve Moffitt reached on a DiPietro error, and one out later, Scott Hamilton walked and Kyle Hunt ripped a single to left to load the bags. Brian Greever singled in a run, and a second run scored when Bill Horst was retired on a 1-3 groundout. But the Zombies could manage no more.
The Senators had lots of quick answers, putting up seven runs over the next three frames.
In the bottom of the first, singles from Bob Wood, Kurt Ley, Alessandrini, Reader and Hector Colon plated two Nat tallies. In the second, Chris Johannes and Mike Fanelli singled to start things, and a Dave Parkin single made it 3-2. Later in the inning, Wood and Fanelli executed a double steal, Fanelli swiping home as Wood took second. It was 4-2.
In the third, the heart of the order took charge. Alessandrini and Laudisio singled, and Reader sent them both home with a booming double off the top of the fence in left-center. Colon then singled him home, and it was a 7-2 ballgame.
The Undead had a few innings if peace, but another Senators uprising occurred in the sixth off reliever Brian Greever. Alessandrini and Laudisio again started things with singles, and walks to Reader and Colon made it 8-2. Jim Toth lofted a sacrifice fly to make it 9-2, and a 10th run scored on Fanelli's grounder to short. The Senators added a final run in the seventh.
While the Senators offense was tearing down the walls, the Senator starting pitcher was building one of his own. The right-hander allowed a lead-off single to Rick Samarco to start the second, and that was all she wrote — all the Zombies could muster thereafter were a couple of walks and a HBP.
Alessandrini led the Senator offense with a 4-for-4 day, while Colon (2 RBI), Reader (3 RBI), Laudisio and Parkin each contributed two hits. DiPietro's line was impressive, as he allowed just three hits and three walks while fanning 10.
Next up: the Senators travel to Collingdale for a match with the tough Delco Warriors.
Notes: DiPietro had his usual period of "getting loose," and once he got there, it was all downhill for the Zombies. It was a great performance...the Senator offense collected 18 hits, but a lot of them were balls that simply found holes. And they'll take ever one of them...Parkin got his first Senator hit in the game...the 3-6 hitters put up 10 hits for the Senators.