Cyclones season filled with ups and downs

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The Cyclones share more with the Coney Island roller coaster than a name.

The ride is bumpy, with many ups and downs during the early season. There have also been twists and turns no one has expected. Here are just a few early season notes from the Cyclones’ ride.

No experience? No problem.
The four players taken out of college in this year’s draft lead the team in many categories.

First baseman Matt “Bright Eyes” Oberste leads the team with seven RBIs and is second in hits, with 12. Oberste also hit one of the team’s two home runs, with the other being slammed by James “Papa” Roche.

Left-fielder Jared King has scored eight runs in 10 games, leading the Clones in that department. Center-fielder Patrick “To Infinity and” Biondi leads the team with three stolen bases. No one else has more than one.

The three young players, along with fellow newcomer L.J. “Mini-Maz” Mazzilli, have combined for more than half of the team’s RBIs in the early season, accounting for 16.

Mazzilli started the season by showing the potential and family hitting legacy he can bring to the team, having at least one hit in five straight games and scoring two runs. But L.J. has fallen into a mini-slump, recording only three hits in his last seven games. His father, former big leaguer Lee Mazzilli, said his son is a better hitter than he was. So as soon as the young slugger returns to form, the Cyclones can expect more wins.

Clean ball = wins
The Cyclones have not lost a game this season in which they had fewer errors than the other team. In fact, through the five wins, the Cyclones have six fewer combined errors than opponents. Cyclones Manager Rich Donnelly said before the season that playing “the clean ball game and throwing the ball over the plate” is the key to victory. Guess he’s right.

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Updated 10:12 pm, July 9, 2018
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