MAHOPAC, N.Y.— After purring together a fabulous nine-game winning streak, Mahopac’s baseball squad has slumped to lose four games in a row over the past week.
Its bats kept snoozing away in a one-hit 5-0 home defeat to Horace Greeley on Saturday, May 6. Starting pitcher Anthony Simeone allowed the Quakers to jump ahead early, but never got any run support.
“Our offensive mindset has changed,” Mahopac coach Chris Miller said. “Last week, we were awesome with our approaches at the plate. We were doing everything that we were supposed to do, swinging at good pitches and getting in good counts. This week, we didn’t do any of that.”
Simeone tossed four innings to surrender five runs while fanning two batters. Mahopac’s bullpen held the fort down thereafter, as juniors Billy Moeller and Ryan Bloomer excelled on the mound.
Moeller escaped a fifth-inning jam with two runners on base and one out and pitched a total of two frames for zero earned runs and a strikeout. Bloomer followed the leader, cruising through a one-two-three seventh.
“[Billy] has been doing well,” Miller said. “He has really come along. Ryan is a converted pitcher and did a good job in his first outing. I was happy for him.”
It appeared that Mahopac would return to form in Thursday’s league-game at John Jay East-Fishkill when it led 2-0 entering the bottom of the seventh.
But the Patriots banged home three runs to snag the walk-off win, taking advantage of mental mistakes by the Indians.
“We made a bunch of mental mistakes that cost us chances to score runs with our base-running, and our at-bats,” Miller said.
Senior Brian Murray pitched 5.1 innings and struck out three batters in the loss. Moeller bailed Mahopac out of a bases-loaded jam in the sixth inning by notching two outs in relief.
“The pitching has really stepped up,” first baseman Matteo Avallone said. “They have thrown quality games every time they have gone out there. We know that it just takes one game where everything clicks and we can get our confidence back.”
Shortstop Pat McGee and right-fielder Matt Montera barreled two hits while Joe Usewicz recorded an RBI.
Mahopac had another chance to knock off the rival Patriots in an away game on May 2. Instead, it stumbled to a 5-3 setback after surrendering three runs in the seventh inningonce again.
Senior left hander John Ravoli gave up just three runs and struck out four hitters in 6.2 innings pitched before running into trouble late in the game. Catcher Chris Montuoro led the Indians with two hits and an RBI.
“Any one of us can do well on the mound,” Murray said. “We just have to throw strikes and make them hit ground balls.”
Mahopac’s 4-0 defeat at Walter Panas May 1 did not flow any smoother, as the lineup managed only one hit. Simeone worked through four innings to surrender the same number of runs while freezing two hitters at the plate.
“We didn’t really come focused that day to play,” Miller said. “[The hitting slump] started this game.”
Moeller and Tyler Rimaldi took over from there and held the Panthers to zero runs for the remainder of the game. Montera notched the team’s lone hit.
The Indians (11-6) traveled to Arlington for another league contest on May 10. They will square off with the Admirals again on Friday, May 12, at 4:30 p.m. for senior night.
“Hitting is a contagious thing,” Miller said. “We need an inning where two or three guys rake base-hits, and that will spark everything.”