Week in Review: Week Five
By Steve Marowski
Utica — The Utica Unicorns picked up two victories in the fifth week of the 2017 USPBL season and are now 9-6 on the season. They currently have a half-game lead over the Westside Woolly Mammoths for first place in their division.
Thursday, June 8: Birmingham-Bloomfield Beavers 9 vs. Westside Woolly Mammoths 4
With seven runs in the bottom of the sixth inning, the Birmingham-Bloomfield Beavers were able to defeat the Westside Woolly Mammoths, 9-4.
Beavers right fielder Nick Buckner was 2-4 with two runs scored, and first baseman Nic Wilson was 2-3 with a walk, two RBI’s and two runs scored.
Mammoths first baseman Riley Palmer was 2-3 with a walk and two RBI’s.
Friday, June 9: Eastside Diamond Hoppers 4 vs. Birmingham-Bloomfield Beavers 1
In a game suspended after the fifth inning, the Eastside Diamond Hoppers lead the Birmingham-Bloomfield Beavers, 4-1.
The remainder of the game will be determined at a later date.
Saturday, June 10: Utica Unicorns 4 vs. Westside Woolly Mammoths 1
Donny Murray threw seven innings of one-run baseball and Nicco Lollio was 2-4 with three RBI’s in the Utica Unicorns 4-1 victory over the Westside Woolly Mammoths.
With the win, Murray is now 3-0 with a 2.40 ERA this season. Tom Constand and Sean Gustin each threw scoreless innings after Murray departed.
Sunday, June 11: Utica Unicorns 10 vs. Eastside Diamond Hoppers 9
In a back-and-forth game between the Utica Unicorns and Eastside Diamond Hoppers, Nicco Lollio hit a pinch-hit walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth to give the Unicorns a 10-9 victory.
With his two-run home run, Lollio now leads the Unicorns in RBI’s with 15 and is tied for the team lead in home runs with four.
Unicorns second baseman Mike Rampone was 2-4 with an RBI and two runs scored, and Brandon Larkin-Guilfoyle was 1-3 with a run scored and three RBI’s.
Thursday, June 15, Eastside Diamond Hoppers vs. Birmingham-Bloomfield Beavers, 7:05 p.m. (Polish Heritage Night/Thirsty Thursday)
Friday, June 16, Westside Woolly Mammoths vs. Utica Unicorns, 7:05 p.m. (Fireworks Friday/Meet the Unicorns)
Saturday, June 17, Eastside Diamond Hoppers vs. Utica Unicorns, 7:05 p.m. (WCSX Classic Rock Saturday/Grand Valley State University Night)
Sunday, June 18, Birmingham-Bloomfield Beavers vs. Westside Woolly Mammoths, 1:35 p.m. (Father’s Day Cookout)
1. Utica Unicorns 9-6
2. Eastside Diamond Hoppers 8-6
3. Westside Woolly Mammoths 6-8
4. Birmingham-Bloomfield Beavers 5-8