MAHOPAC, N.Y. – The Mahopac 13U baseball team split its last two games, rallying from an 8-run deficit to post an unlikely 14-13 victory over Putnam Valley last week, then taking a 9–3 loss Sunday to the 9ers.
Last Thursday night at Crane Road, Mahopac found itself in an 11-3 hole. But the team came back, and in the bottom of the sixth it was a Ryan Tissier single to left that brought home the tying and go-ahead runs for Mahopac.
The 9ers had a chance to tie in the top of the seventh, when they loaded the bases. But Indians pitcher Ethan Giorgianni struck out the last two batters of the game to nail down the victory.
“That was our most exciting game of the year for sure,” said Mahopac coach Bill Feierstein. “That was a thrilling comeback, great for the players. Ethan did a great job, he was on the ropes and then got out of it, then he got those last two guys.”
Giorgianni earned the win on the mound, with Michael Behler and Kieran McCormick also pitching for Mahopac.
Lucas Bilichuk and Tessier each drove and 3 runs for Mahopac, Casey Feierstein and Anthony Eppolito each had 2 RBI in the win.
Sunday at home, Mahopac fell behind against 9ers Baseball, and the Indians dropped a 9-3 decision.
Eppolito took the loss on the mound, working 3 innings while striking out 4 and allowing 4 hits. Tissier pitched 4 innings in relief and struck out 6.
“Our pitching was pretty solid,” Feierstein said. “Both of them are new to the mound, but both of them are getting better. If our defense was a little more solid, we would’ve done better. So far, the team is doing well, it’s a learning process on the big (full-size) field. But we have looked good in some games.”
Tissier went 2-for-3 with a double, Casey Feierstein went 2-for-3, Giorgianni went 2-for-3 with 2 RBI, and Bilichuk had 1 RBI.
“We definitely need to get into the cage and work on some hitting,” the coach said. “It’s still a work in progress, but they’re all working hard and getting better all the time.
“Tissier is having a great year,” he added. “Feierstein is also playing well, Nick Tardio is our leadoff hitter, and he and Chris Russo have been table-setters, playing well. Mike Behler has been hitting and pitching well, and Kieran McCormick has been pitching and hitting well so far. Dan Robinson and Tom Bonacchi are having solid seasons, and we have a first-year player in Landon Varley. They’re all working hard and showing improvement every day.”
Mahopac was scheduled to play in the War at the Shore tournament in Old Lyme Connecticut. The tournament runs through Friday through Sunday.