Sports

Mahopac Comes Up Short in 15U Final

06e6d5e4c7e4bbd76634_53798_.jpg
Matt Luongo follows through on a swing. Credits: Deena Bell
06e6d5e4c7e4bbd76634_53798_.jpg

DANBURY, C.T. — Despite steamrolling its way to the top seed of the Greater Hudson Valley Baseball League playoffs, North Salem’s 15-and-under baseball team suffered two gut-wrenching losses to Mahopac in this summer’s regular season.

The third time was a charm as the Tigers gritted out a 5-2 championship victory over second-seeded Mahopac in the ‘B’ final on Sunday, July 30, at Rogers Park in Danbury.

“We didn’t hit like we could,” Mahopac coach Jim Castrataro said. “Our defense wasn’t the best today. We weren’t timing [North Salem pitcher Rian Balbino] right. They never opened the door for us, they made their plays. We didn’t make a couple, and that was the big difference in the game.”

Sign Up for E-News

It was the finals matchup that everyone had anticipated between the two juggernauts in a pitcher’s duel featuring two talented left-handers.

Balbino of North Salem and Ryan Castrataro of Mahopac used all they had in the tank to go the distance in the last game of summer.

Neither pitcher allowed a run through the first three innings, but the Indians drew first blood when Christian Campo gapped a two-run single into right-center field, scoring Frank DiGaudio and Nolan Tomassio.

Struggling to solve Castrataro, who tossed a one-hitter in the previous meeting, the Tigers saw Kevin Connolly spark them with a leadoff single down the left-field line in the bottom of the fifth.

Later in the inning, second baseman Nick Springer tapped an RBI groundout to shortstop, making it 2-1. Next up was Mike Puletz, who tied the game by clubbing an RBI single through the left-side hole.

Castrataro escaped the bases-loaded jam from there, forcing Zack Cotter to ground-out to second. But the Indians’ bats froze up in the sixth and North Salem’s heated up to turn the tide.

Shortstop Chris Dolce started the frame by stroking a single to left center before Connolly was hit by a pitch. Scott Harde came up with one out and chopped a ground-ball to third, but the throw made it past the first-baseman as Dolce dashed home to score the go-ahead run.

Providing the insurance was Springer, who lined the capping two-run single down the right-field line with two outs to extend North Salem’s edge to 5-2.

Balbino coasted to retire the side in the seventh while his electric velocity produced seven strikeouts in the complete-game effort.

Although Mahopac didn’t show its finest defensive effort, Campo did gun down Cotter, who was trying to score on a base-hit to right in the first inning. Catcher Tyler Roa corralled the perfect throw and reached to tag out a leaping Puletz at home.

Penciling a final record of 10-5, there is nothing but promise for the future of the Indians’ baseball program. They defeated Shrub Oak, 9-5, in the semifinal and will be playing in the fall along with North Salem in the Greater Hudson Valley Fall League.

“We had an excellent season,” coach Castrataro said. “We’re getting better every year. I’m proud of how the kids have learned how to play the game. They know how to compete. They’ve grown up and are playing on their own now.” 

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Mahopac

Here's What You Missed Last Week

Last week, the Daily News ran a headline, “When is our father coming home?” This dealt with a person here illegally, married to an American woman with a family, who was arrested at an Army base while delivering pizza. You are supposed to think that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), under Trump, is tearing families apart. As usual, it was a crock of cow pies. It was ...

Watergate Analogies Apply to Obama, Not Trump

My liberal counterpart in this publication is about my age. Maybe I am the baby of the group, but we all have had the same seminal experiences of our youth: Vietnam, the civil rights movement and Watergate. These are what shaped our political perspectives.

Looking back, maybe, just maybe those who thought Nixon was really deserving of his fate cannot be faulted for thinking so. It was once ...

Reagan on Trump

The party of “Honest Abe” has now become the party of Dishonest Don, and what follows are some disturbing displays of a Republican Party that has become devoid of conscience:

• More than 4,600 American citizens dead in Puerto Rico—a postscript to the government’s abysmal response to the widespread devastation of Hurricane Maria; 
• The underhanded ...

The Rich Get Richer, and We’re Paying For It

According to a Harvard University study published late last year, most Americans believe that the richest 20 percent of Americans own just half of the nation’s wealth. Wrong! The top 20 percent own 93 percent of the nation’s wealth, and the top 1 percent own 40 percent of that wealth. Additionally, the top 10 percent of earners in 2017 took home more than half the nation’s ...

Competing—Against Yourself

This is the time of year when students are recognized at public ceremonies for notable achievements in their studies, their sports and in their extracurricular pursuits.

Where we live, there are awards in various sports that are named for our son, who also is memorialized by town ballfield Harrison Apar Field of Dreams and a charitable foundation of the same name.

Due to a rare dwarfism, ...

Honoring Our Veterans’ Freedom of Speech

Memorial Day is over, but writing about America’s veterans doesn’t have an expiration date.

My dad, George, was as proud a veteran as you’d meet. He served in the Army in World War II and loved our country no less than the next veteran. I am proud of him, as is my brother, Robert, who served in the Air Force.

Growing up, the one vacation we took each year was spent with ...

I Come from the Land Down Under

I know this is a family column, so I’m going to put this in as delicate terms as possible.

This morning I woke up and I knew, as sure as the sun shines over Bora Bora, that something was very, very wrong in that place in my body where the Bora Bora sun doesn’t shine.

It’s that place I used to refer to my daughter as her hoo-hoo. But it certainly wasn’t a happy ...

Mouthing Off

When I went for oral surgery last spring, the doctor told me he could only do one half of my mouth that day or I wouldn’t be able to eat for two weeks. Considering it was almost bathing suit season, I didn’t think that was necessarily a bad thing. But he convinced me otherwise, and told me if I was really gung ho about getting it all done, I could come back in a month or so to have ...

Upcoming Events

Carousel_image_b4cc78dd32adbbf57c97_2018_hiv_testing_day_eng

Wed, June 27, 9:00 AM

Putnam County Department of Health, Brewster

PCDOH Free HIV Testing Day

Health & Wellness