DANBURY, C.T. — Mike Ambrosecchia has been a part of the Greater Hudson Valley Baseball League since it first started a few years ago, but the Mahopac coach had never taken home the ultimate prize.
After Sunday, July 30, Ambrosecchia and his Indians got their first taste of a championship.
Fourth-seeded Mahopac defeated No. 3 Sleepy Hollow 5-1 in the 14-and-under GHVBL 'B' summer championship game at Rogers Park in Danbury.
"We've worked hard since 10U—I've got five new guys," Ambrosecchia said. "They've been working hard since I've had them, so it's great for the boys."
Ambrosecchia's son Mikey was dominant on the hill, tossing a complete game one-hitter while striking out eight batters. He had Sleepy's offense off-balance all game.
"He pitched great today," coach Ambrosecchia said. "Mikey's been pitching well all year. I think he finished the season at 7-1. He's only given up seven runs the whole entire year, so he's pitched really well."
Center fielder Brendon McCrosson singled and scored to get the Indians out to a 1-0 first-inning lead.
Mahopac added to its advantage in the top of the third inning when it started a two-out rally. It was McCrosson again, who doubled to get things going. Ambrosecchia was hit by a pitch then Jimmy Meyer singled. A wild throw by Sleepy's catcher bounced past third base, allowing McCrosson and Ambrosecchia to score and extend the lead to 3-0.
Sleepy Hollow got on the board in the sixth inning, but the Indians answered with two insurance runs in the top of the seventh.
The left-handed Connor Levinson laced a double down the right-field line to set up runners on second and third base. Craig Brandstetter then came through with a two-run double, plating Levinson and Joe Bartholdi.
In the semifinals, Mahopac upset the top-seeded Cortlandt Panthers 5-1. The Indians blanked fifth-seeded Patterson 5-0 in the quarterfinals. They concluded their campaign with a 16-6 record.
The rest of Mahopac's championship game lineup consisted of Jimmy Meyer, Louis Mondelli, A.J. Watt, Nick Peters, Ryan Caraher, Brandon Smith and Thomas Matta.
"They get along great," coach Ambrosecchia said of what makes his team special. "I've never had one problem—no bullying on the team. It's just a really good group of kids and I actually thank the parents for having such a good group."
Ambrosecchia's assistant coaches were Jason Smith, Phil Caraher and Orlando Matta.