Mahopac Edges Rival Carmel

Senior Greg Cavaliere tags out a runner at the plate. Credits: Deena Bell

MAHOPAC, N.Y.— Mahopac scooted past rival Carmel 3-2 on May 11 to sweep the season series.

The host Indians scored two runs in the bottom of the fifth to beat the Rams after trailing by one run twice during the game.

Senior Anthony Mirditaj allowed just one earned run, scattered six hits, and walked two in his complete game win. He also went 2 for 2 with an RBI. Junior Matteo Avallone was 1 for 3 with an RBI. Senior Eric Fox batted 2 for 4 with an RBI.

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Senior Joe Giorgio converted for two hits. Junior Matt Montera, senior catcher Greg Cavaliere and junior shortstop Pat McGee each had a hit on the day.  

Nothing went right from the start for the Indians in their 13-2 league loss against visiting John Jay-East Fishkill on May 12.

“We definitely need to hit our spots better with pitching,” senior left-fielder Chris Lore said. “We could also do a better job at hitting with runners in scoring position.”

The Patriots bombarded Mahopac by scoring five runs in the first inning off southpaw John Ravoli.

“We made a lot of physical errors defensively,” Mahopac coach Chris Miller said. “They got some base hits to capitalize on our errors. We didn’t really hit ourselves back into the game to erase some of those early mistakes.”

Mahopac bit back by scoring two in its half of the first inning, but failed to get on the board after that. Cavaliere yanked an RBI triple after Montera walked. Lore hit a sacrifice fly to follow.

Aside from a sub-par defensive game, the Indians had some chances at the plate. Mahopac stranded 10 runners on base on a day where the offense failed to get into groove.

“We had some chances to get back in but didn’t capitalize on them either,” Miller said. “When we kept making those defensive mistakes, it’s hard to play catch-up and overcome a deficit like that.”

Lore lined a double to centerfield. Brian McCarthy, Montera and Brendan White all slapped base-hits. Cavaliere darted for an infield single and senior Nick Fanelli drew a walk.

Ravoli pitched 2.2 innings while giving up seven runs in his third start this season. Senior right-hander Kyle Mastrobuono threw for two frames, surrendered just one run and struck out a batter.

Junior Mark Trio let up one unearned run while tossing 1.1 innings. Junior Tyler Rimaldi yielded two runs after pitching the seventh inning.

“It’s a chance for us to evaluate how the guys that don’t play too much do in a game situation,” Miller said.

Steve Schoen guided the Patriots to victory after tossing 6.1 innings while fanning five Indians. John Jay scored two runs in each of the third and fifth innings to seal the deal on the road.

“He threw strikes and had a good curveball,” Miller said of Schoen. “We were getting people on, but we just couldn’t capitalize with a big hit. I tip my hat to him.”

The Indians (13-6-1) defeated host Ossining 9-3 on May 16. White went the distance and earned the win on the hill, while Cavaliere socked a two-run homer.

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