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Killer M's drive Plainedge to big victory over Clarke

Plainedge's Ryan McGrane gets a hit to load

Plainedge's Ryan McGrane gets a hit to load up the bases during the Nassau baseball Class A fifth-round playoff game against Clarke 13-1 on Friday, May 22, 2015. Photo Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy

The Killer M's were on display for the No. 7 Red Devils.

Plainedge defeated No. 2 Clarke, 13-1, on Friday to advance to the Nassau Class A baseball semifinals in a 14-hit outburst. The Red Devils' first three hitters in the lineup -- Ryan McGrane, Anthony Misciagna and Jimmy Mendyk -- along with No. 6 hitter Nolan Matthews, reached base in 13 of 20 plate appearances, and combined for seven runs and six RBIs.

None of the field was more feared than Misciagna, who went 4-for-5 with a triple, three runs, two RBIs and five hard line drives, including a ball that landed just foul in his first at-bat.

"I'm just seeing it real well right now," Misciagna said. "My approach is to hit the balls on lines to rightfield and that's what I was doing today."

Misciagna opened the scoring with an RBI triple to right-centerfield and later scored in a two-run first inning.

Plainedge (17-6) followed with a four-run second and broke the game open with a six-run third inning. Misciagna, Mendyk, Vinny Aschentino and Richie Whalen each had RBIs in the third.

Clarke (19-5) defeated Plainedge, 11-1, Thursday to force Friday's elimination game. Plainedge coach Colin Fratrik said it was important to get the lead early Friday to build confidence.

Pat Reilly, who admitted to "not getting much sleep" and to not having his best stuff on the mound, allowed just one run and six hits in six innings to earn the victory. He retired the final seven batters he faced and went 3-for-4 at the plate.

"We knew they were going to come in here and give us a fight and I couldn't have done it without them," Reilly said. "I mean, putting 13 runs on the board, you don't see that every day."

Plainedge advances to play No. 3 North Shore on Monday at North Shore High School in a best two-of-three semifinals. The Red Devils are used to being the underdog, but they believe they can win.

"We got a chance," Reilly said. "I've been saying it the whole season, this is a special team. We really have a shot here. I think we have as good a shot as anybody else."

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