It was a rough night for the Amenia Monarchs last Tuesday as their season ended after a first round sweep by the Litchfield Cowboys in an 8 to 1 loss.
Things weren’t going the Monarchs way from the beginning. After an RBI single in the first by Litchfield third baseman Mike Oldenwader off Amenia pitcher Andrew Wolinski, the score was 1 to 0. Amenia left fielder Josh Wolinski teed off on a pitch by Litchfield starter Kevin Murry for what appeared to be a long home run but the ball was called foul by the home plate umpire. It was a close game for most of the night but Litchfield continued to add runs throughout the innings, runs that the Monarchs weren’t able to match.
Litchfield scored six times in the last three innings. Litchfield catcher Karl Quist had a big game, going 4 for 5, reaching base all five times he was up. His last at bat, he reached on an error. Quist had two doubles, two singles and an RBI. Litchfield third baseman Odenwalder went 2 for 3 with a home run and a single. He had two RBIs.
J. Wolinski provided most of the offensive for the Monarchs. He was 3 for 5 with three singles and drove in Amenia’s only run. The Monarchs had their chances. They had the bases loaded twice (once in the fifth and once in the eighth) but were unable to get that clutch hit. Amenia often found a way to get on base despite being limited to seven hits off Litchfield’s pitchers. The Monarchs drew six walks.
Despite the early exit from the playoffs, the Monarchs had a good season. Center fielder Steve Lynehan said Amenia’s third seed this year is the highest seed he can remember them having since the team reformed in 2005 under manager Tom Downey. According to Coach Downey, the Monarchs ran into a team in Litchfield that puts a lot into recruiting. A few of their pitchers spent time in the minor leagues. Downey said that he was proud of his team and will continue to rely on local talent.