There was a huge crowd on hand at MCU Park tonight as the Cyclones were looking to win the rubber game of the series against the Tri-City ValleyCats. With all the CUNY Colleges trying to recruit the students, it was also the long awaited Saved by the Bell Night, as Dennis Haskins, who played Mr. Belding was on hand for the game. The Cyclones wore special Saved by the Bell jerseys in honor of the game.
After 2 scoreless innings, Tri-City got things going in the Top of the 3rd off Cyclones starter Jose Celas. Johnny Sewald drew a 1-out walk. Kolbey Carpenter singled to right and Sewald moved up to 2nd. Sewald stole 3rd and an overthrow by Cyclones Catcher Natanael Ramos allowed Sewald to score. Celas got out of it by getting Anthony Hermelyn to ground out and for Trent Woodward to look at Strike 3.
ValleyCats starter Rogelio Armenteros pitched 5 scoreless innings, but was pulled in the Bottom of the 6th for Elieser Hernandez. Alfredo Reyes led off with a double to center. Natanael Ramos reached on an error and Reyes went to 3rd. However, Tucker Tharp hit the ball to 3B Cesar Carrasco who, along with Catcher Trent Woodward got Reyes in a rundown, before Ramos got tagged out at 3rd in a 5-2-5 double play. A wild pitch by Hernandez send Tharp to 2nd and a single by Vinny Siena sent Tharp home to tie that game a 1-1. Enmanuel Zabala reached on an infield single to make it 1st & 2nd, but Michael Katz went down swinging to end the inning.
The Cyclones pitching was lights out, as Celas went 4.2 giving up 3 hits, 6 walks and 3 strikeouts to go with the lone run, which was unearned. Craig Missigman went 3.1 shutout innings. Alex Palsha pitched a scoreless 9th and after the Cyclones failed to score, the game went into extra innings.
Palsha was lights out in the 10th and Carlos Valdez kept the game tied in the 11th. He ran into trouble in the 12th, as he loaded the bases with 2 outs, but got Bryan Muniz to go down swinging,
The Cyclones finally broke the tie in the Bottom of the 12th. With what was left of the crowd of 7,876 on hand, Zabala led off with a walk, but was forced out on a bunt by Michael Katz. Jeff Diehl then hit the ball to the deepest part of MCU Park for a triple, which sent Katz all the way home to give the Cyclones a 2-1 victory in 12 innings.
With this win, the Cyclones improve to 4-2, in a 3-way tie for 1st with the Renegades and Yankees. The Cyclones begin a 3 game series with the Connecticut Tigers at MCU Park. Tonight is the 1st Jersday Thursday of the season, as the 1st 3000 fans into MCU Park will receive a replica of the original Brooklyn Cyclones road jersey.