After scoring 12 in the 4th inning, Bishop Eustace is nipped by St. Augustine Prep

Posted: April 17, 2011

Baseball people say if you pay attention, you'll see something different every day.

Here's a new one: A team scored 12 runs in one inning and still lost.

"Baseball is a funny, funny game," Bishop Eustace Prep coach Sam Tropiano said after his team's bizarre, 13-12 loss to St. Augustine Prep in the first round of the 29th annual Tom Heinkel Memorial Tournament on Saturday morning.

The championship and consolation games were canceled because of rain Saturday afternoon. The games will be played at a date to be determined.

Bishop Eustace (4-2) sent 16 batters to the plate in the top of the fourth inning. The Crusaders received home runs from Mark DiArenzo and Vinny Paola as well as a pair of doubles from Adam Bartholomew, and also took advantage of four St. Augustine errors.

"We fell apart a little bit," St. Augustine coach Mike Bylone said of the endless inning.

The Hermits rallied from a 12-4 deficit with a run in the fourth, six runs in the sixth, and two in the seventh.

In all, St. Augustine (6-1), the No. 3 team in The Inquirer Top 10, rapped 16 hits, including 10 for extra bases.

"With our offense, we're never out of games," Bylone said. "We've got a great group of seniors. Some other teams, they might have folded. But this group just keeps battling."

In the bottom of the seventh, St. Augustine received an RBI triple from senior outfielder Misael Aponte and the winning hit from sophomore shortstop Christian Adorno, who capped a 4-for-4 performance with an RBI single.

"I've seen a lot of baseball, played a lot of baseball, coached a lot of baseball," Bylone said. "That was one crazy, crazy game."

Bishop Eustace 000 12 00 0 - 12 9 3

St. Augustine 220 1 06 2 - 13 16 5

WP: Christian Carmolingo. LP: Zac Gallen. 2B: BE-Adam Bartholomew 2; SA-Ed Charlton, Carlo Randazzo, Anthony Cocuzza 2, Christian Carmolingo 2. 3B: BE-Dene Vespe; SA-Misael Aponte 2, Rick Elfreth. HR: BE-Mark DiArenzo, Vinny Paola; SA-Barry Buchowski.

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