Aug. 9 at MCU Park
A long time ago, in a stadium far, far away, the Empire’s army of State College annihilated the Brooklyn Alliance on Star Wars Night at MCU Park.
The evil Spikes took a 2–0 lead in the second. Mason Katz, who reached base by using his eyes and mind to determine that spheres thrown his way were not on target — and was awarded the first bag by a weak-minded trooper who was fooled into seeing things his way.
“You don’t need to call these pitches strikes,” he is believed to have whispered as he stepped up to the plate. “These aren’t the pitches you’re looking for.”
Flustered, Cyclones hurler Miller Diaz hit the next opponent who challenged him with his flying sphere, then threw wildly, allowing both to advance their positions.
Alex De Leon next used his saber to loft a lazy fly ball toward Cloud City that would otherwise have been caught for an out.
But not this time.
“It’s a trap!” screamed the hordes who had gathered to witness diabolical plot unfold.
And it was, as Katz scampered to his home base for the first run.
The sage management of the Brooklyn Alliance then called in reinforcements, bringing Paul Paez in to replace Diaz.
“Your night, it is not,” manager Rich Donnelly may have said to Diaz before handing the sphere to Paez and stating “You’re all clear, kid. Let’s blow this thing and go home.”
Alas, this new hope was not to be, as Steven Ramos’ RBI single gave the State the run that would lead to its eventual triumph.
The Spikes earned two more points in the fourth frame when Katz hit an RBI triple deep to center quadrant, and Brett Wiley singled him back to base.
The Brooklyn Alliance used its sabers lightly.
In the seventh, Luke Mazzilli led off with a double and Matt Obi-Wan’s single tallied the only run for the Alliance.
The saga continues tonight with another attack of the Clones, when the State looks to hand our Alliance its third-straight defeat in its home arena.
May the Force be with them.
Brooklyn Cyclones at MCU Park (Surf Avenue and W. 16th Street in Coney Island, www.brookl