PURCHASE, N.Y. - Whenever local powers Mahopac and Yorktown meet, it’s bound to be a competitive game as the two squared off on a chilly Thursday afternoon at SUNY Purchase.
Staring into a 4-1 deficit in the third inning, the Indians stayed the course and found a 7-6 victory over the Huskers.
“The kids enjoyed it (playing at SUNY Purchase),” Head Coach Myckie Lugbauer said. “Our kids responded today in a great way with a gut-check win. We would scrap and claw our way back when they (Yorktown) took the lead. We just fought the whole game, and that’s what we as coaches look for.”
Mahopac first trailed 1-0 in the bottom of the second inning before senior outfielder Dylan Brehm led off with a walk and stole second.
Senior third baseman Joe Usewicz drove him home with a single, but Yorktown piled on three more runs in the top of the third inning.
Husker Tyler McDonnell ripped a two-run triple before scoring when junior Anthony Fusco beat out a ground-ball that pulled Mahopac’s first-baseman Kyle Brandstetter too far off the bag.
Answering again in the bottom half, the Indians watched senior center fielder Steven Daly reach second base on an error hit to the outfield.
Daly kept rounding by advancing to third base off a wild pitch. Starting pitcher Anthony Simeone followed with an RBI groundout to make the score 4-2.
Outfielder Anthony Caminitti then walked and bolted to third base moments later when Yorktown’s pitcher tossed a pick-off attempt into right-field.
Brehm exploited his chance, cracking an RBI single afterward to pull Mahopac within one run.
Simeone hushed Yorktown’s bats in the fourth inning, as the Indians tied the game the same inning when Matt Weiner knocked in Usewicz with a single.
Usewicz began the set with a walk before taking second base on a wild pitch. He then proceeded to steal third in a game that Mahopac stole a total of eight bases.
“We came into the game wanting to put pressure on them,” Lugbauer said. “We took advantage of the mistakes they (Yorktown) made, and we did the little things to help us win the ball game.”
Knotted up at 4-4 entering the fifth inning, the Huskers raged back facing junior Casey Tewey when Luan Biberaj yanked a two-run double to plate McDonnell and Nick Farda.
But Mahopac wasn’t going home without the ‘W,’ since in the bottom of the fifth it managed to walk the bases loaded.
Senior shortstop Tom Krasniqi came home off a wild pitch to cut it to 6-5. Simeone though was thrown out while trying to steal second before Caminitti scored on another wild pitch, as the count was tied again.
Brandstetter walked thereafter as junior Mike Musantry entered the game to pinch run. He did his job by stealing second base before Usewicz delivered one last blow with the go-ahead RBI single to left-field.
Due to a 6 p.m. curfew at Purchase’s field, the game only lasted six innings. Weiner was brought in to close the Huskers out, as he notched the save in a one-two-three frame.
Simeone pitched four innings and only gave up two hits while striking out five and walking three batters. He surrendered two earned runs and two unearned.
For Yorktown, Fusco pitched 2 1/3 innings before switching to the outfield as McDonnell and several others arms came in to relieve.
Mahopac (2-2) fell to host Suffern on Friday afternoon 9-1, after trailing 6-0 after the first two innings. It committed four errors in the defeat but racked up an equal number of hits to the Mounties with seven of them.
Brandstetter and Brehm each had two hits apiece and senior Billy Moeller struck out four batters on the hill.