A's Win First Two Games of '08 Season

Posted by Joseph O'Hara on May 12 2008 at 05:00PM PDT

The Al Thomas Club has opened the season  with a pair of wins over the Brighton Sox and the Brighton Braves.

In game one, Aidan Powers struck out 9 in 5 innings and George Grant threw 2 perfect innings as the A's took the opener 10-3 over the Brighton Sox.

Liam Powers, Chris Bucci, John Kostas and rookie John Foley led the offense with 2 hits apiece, while Brian Powers, Chuck Killens and Foley drove in 2 apiece. Foley and rookie Mike DeBesse and sparkling plays in the field at 2nd and 3rd, respectively, and Peter Moores gunned down a runner at 3rd to protect a 1-0 lead.

Game two saw Chris Bucci walk in the 6th, steal second and third and score the eventual winning run in a 6-5 squeaker for the A's on a freezing night at Ronan Park.

Rookie John Foley pitched 1.2 scoreless innings for the win, making his YBL pitching debut with the bases loaded. Foley relieved John Kostas who fanned 13 in 5.1 innings.

Andy Doyle went 2 for 2 with 2 walks in his return to the Thomas Club, while rookie Steve Lambert made his YBL debut and stroked a 2-run single. Bucci and Chris Malloy each scored twice for the A's.

The Al Thomas Club is excited about the influx of young, local talent to blend in with the time-tested veterans. The A's have added nine rookies, including seven 19-year-olds from Milton!


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