MAHOPAC, N.Y.— Although Mahopac has been competitive in the early going, it’s going to take a little more for the Indians to achieve their ultimate goal of winning the section.
Mahopac suffered an 8-6 loss to visiting Ossining on Saturday, April 8, in its home opener.
“(Ossining) hit the ball well all day,” Mahopac coach Chris Miller said. “Defensively, we played really well. One through nine all hit well today. We just didn’t get the next hit to get the run in.”
The Pride jumped out to a 3-0 lead before the Indians put up three runs of their own during the bottom of the second inning.
Junior designated hitter Ryan Bloomer put Mahopac on the board, stroking an RBI double to right-center.
A sacrifice fly to left field by junior outfielder Steve Daly plated a chugging Chris Montuoro for the second run.
Of course it was the senior captain Pat McGee to knot the score at 3-3, singling up the middle past a diving second baseman.
Third baseman Anthony Simeone laced an RBI base-hit up the middle to give them a 4-3 lead heading into a pivotal fifth inning.
The Pride tallied four runs in the frame and went up 7-4.
Ossining third baseman Mathew Minihan’s slicing two-run single down the right-field line with two outs certainly hurt Mahopac’s chances.
Despite trailing 8-4 entering the bottom of the seventh, the Indians were focused on another comeback.
Following senior Matteo Avallone’s leadoff double into the right-center field gap, junior outfielder Dylan Brehm snuck a base-hit though the right side of the infield to set up runners on the corners for Montuoro.
After Brehm claimed second base off a wild pitch, the senior catcher grounded out to bring Avallone home.
Junior infielder Joey Usewicz was hit in the back by a pitch to make runners on the corners again for second baseman Tom Krasniqi.
Similar to Montuoro, the junior tapped a groundout up the middle to bring Brehm home, trimming the deficit to 8-6.
“We have a lot of heart,” Simeone said. “We’re not going to go down easily.”
Steve Daly and McGee, however, both grounded out to end the rally.
Left-hander John Ravoli was not in vintage form, allowing three runs on five hits and three walks in three innings.
Banging out 10 hits as a unit, the Indians got two hits and a stolen base from Simeone. Avallone hammered two doubles and Brehm recorded two hits as well.
It was an emotional first game of the season for Ossining as its former head coach and Mahopac resident Bill Casey passed away, a cancer victim, the night before.
“(Casey) was a great guy and a really good coach,” Miller said. “He will be missed and was really a great man.”
In its season opener at Clarkstown North on April 3, the Indians capped off the comeback this time to win 4-3.
Matters appeared bleak as they came into the fifth inning down 3-0, but senior outfielder Matt Montera tied the game at three with a double after a few base-hits were strung together.
Senior reliever Mark Trio proceeded to throw two scoreless innings of no-hit ball before Montuoro squeeze-bunted the go-ahead run home with the bases juiced in the top of the seventh.
Ravoli notched the save in one-two-three fashion as Mahopac started on the right foot.
Senior Brian Murray tossed four innings and gave up three runs along with four walks. Seven of the 10 Indian batters registered one hit each in the team victory.
Mahopac (1-1) hosted rival Carmel on April 12. The Indians are also set to play at Somers the following day at 4:30 p.m.