For the second year in a row, Fedell’s Mechanics is heading to the National Amateur Baseball Federation’s World Series.
Mike Olszyk hit a three-run home run in the bottom of the first inning, staking Fedell’s to a lead it wouldn’t relinquish in a 11-1 mercy-rule shortened victory over All-Brite Electric in the NABF Northeast Regional at Quigley Stadium in West Haven on Monday night.
“This year’s team is every bit as good, if not better, than last year’s team,” Fedell’s manager Mike Fedell said. “We have more depth, we have more experience.”
Olszyk, who was named the most valuable player, went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and five RBIs, while Blake Barone added three hits, two runs scored and two RBIs.
Eric Schlitter, Mike James, Chris Renzoni and Mike DeLellis notched two hits apiece, fueling a 15-hit attack that supported starting pitcher Todd Savatsky.
Savatsky worked five shutout innings, combining with Jay Krajeski and Kyle Goldstein on a seven-hitter.
In the bottom of the first, Fedell’s scored all of the runs it needed.
With one out, Barone and Schlitter hit consecutive singles, before Olszyk laced an offering from All-Brite starter Sal Savo over the right-field fence.
Barone drove in Renzoni and DeLellis with a two-out, two-run double to right in the bottom of the second, pushing Fedell’s margin to 5-0.
Savatsky retired eight in a row to start the game, before Tim Geer doubled with two outs in the top of the third.
Mike Sarni followed with hard grounder up the middle, but Fedell’s second baseman John Ascenzia made a diving stop and threw to first to retire the side.
All-Brite threatened to rally in the top of the fifth, when Dennis Hine led off with an opposite-field single to left.
Slugger Mark Consorte pinch hit for Ray Kreiger and drew a walk, before John Perri moved both runners over with a sacrifice bunt.
Geer followed with a hot shot down to first base. Schlitter dove to smother the ball, stepped on first, then caught Hine in a rundown.
DeLellis, the catcher, made the tag to defuse the threat and preserve the five-run lead.
James and Renzoni then slammed RBI singles in the home half of the frame, increasing the advantage to 7-0.
Olszyk worked All-Brite reliever Brian O’Keefe for a walk to start the bottom of the seventh, moved to second when O’Keefe threw away a pickoff attempt, and then scored on a wild pitch.
O’Keefe allowed a single to Craig Wocl and hit James with a pitch, before striking out the side to strand the runners and keep the deficit at 8-0.
All-Brite scored its lone run in the top of the eighth, when Mike Tamsin singled and scored on Garrett Walker’s double into the right-center field alley.
Ryan Barba then reached on a single, before Fedell’s reliever Kyle Goldstein struck out Hine and Consorte to end the inning.
Fedell’s lowered the boom in the bottom of the eighth, with Olszyk’s two-run single and James’ RBI double ending the game via mercy rule.
The Mechanics will now set their sights on the NABF World Series in Buffalo, N.Y. With the experience of last year’s trip under its belt, Fedell’s will look to keep its run going.
“Last year, we went, because we’d never been there before, we were happy to go,” Fedell said. “This year, we believe we have a team that can win it.”