MAHOPAC, N.Y. – After winning seven of their final nine games, the Mahopac Indians 14U fall ball team is headed for a first-round playoff matchup this weekend with the Hastings Yellowjackets.
The No. 12 Indians finished 8-7, and closed the season playing solid baseball, said coach Reid Nystrom.
“I feel pretty good about going into the playoffs,” Nystrom told Mahopac News this week. “We opened the season at 1-5, our worst start ever in six or seven years. Since then, we’ve gone 7-2, and I was very happy with the way the boys rebounded. They started to hold each other accountable and turned it around. We won the 12U title two years ago, and a 13U fall championship last fall. So, this team is battle tested.”
On Sunday (Oct. 11), Mahopac topped the Patterson Pirates, 14-3, in a game played at the Crane Road fields.
Quentin Bally started for the Indians and picked up the win, going three innings. Nevin Nystrom and Andrew Salumn each went one inning in relief.
Nystrom and Tyler Castrataro each went 2-for-3 with one RBI.
“That was a really nice team effort,” Nystrom said. “The guys were hitting really well in that game, and have hit well during the win streak. And all three of our pitchers also looked good, they were throwing strikes.”
The prior Thursday (Oct. 8), Mahopac beat visiting Putnam Valley, 9-1, also at Crane Road.
Chris Sapienza and Bally combined on a no-hitter to lead the ‘Pac. Sapienza started the game and went six innings without allowing a hit, striking out 14. Bally pitched the final frame and struck out two.
“That was a great performance by Chris, and Bally closed it out.” Nystrom said. “The whole team played well in that game.”