CROSS RIVER, N.Y.— Don’t look now, but the Mahopac baseball train is rapidly chugging toward being a top contender for a Section 1 Class AA title.
Mahopac improved to 7-2 by holding off the John Jay-Cross River Indians in a 10-6 road win April 23.
“We’ve been hitting really well the last week and we are starting to put up those crooked numbers that you like to see,” Mahopac coach Chris Miller said. “Every game that we’ve played has been close, which is good because you know what’s it’s like. We know the tension of a close game and we will feel more comfortable with it later in the season.”
Center fielder Steven Daly raced home from second base on a poor pickoff throw that sailed into left-center field for the first run in the first inning.
The Indians slapped on five more runs largely thanks to third baseman Anthony Simeone’s bases-loaded clearing double which was pounded to deep center.
During the bottom half of the same frame, John Jay battered starter John Ravoli, answering right back to reduce Mahopac’s lead to 6-4.
The left-handed senior settled down, letting in one more run in the fifth to finish 5.2 innings with four earned-runs, five strikeouts and no walks.
“The best thing today was his toughness,” Miller said. “He didn’t let that rough inning deter him from having a good game. His mental toughness was really important.”
The bats picked him up in the sixth, heating up again to add on three more runs. Reliever Mark Trio found himself in trouble with runners on first and second and no out in seventh, but got the next hitter to fly out to right field.
A sharp line-drive was then smacked towards the second base as senior shortstop Pat McGee ranged over for the slick catch and step on second for the game-ending double play.
McGee whacked a solo home run that curved over the right-field fence in the second inning and flied a sacrifice fly during the seventh.
“We’ve been working hard in practice on barreling the ball up,” McGee said, “and having quality at-bats every time. Everyone in the lineup has mashed really well.”
Designated hitter Ryan Bloomer drove home two runs off a pair of singles. Catcher Chris Montuoro cracked three hits with two doubles, while Simeone supplied four RBI.
Mahopac jumped ahead early on visiting Mount Vernon for a 7-1 victory on April 19, as it rode Simeone’s six innings of one-run ball for four strikeouts. Junior Tyler Rimaldi tossed a scoreless final frame.
First-baseman Matteo Avallone and junior outfielder Dylan Brehm notched two hits apiece. The senior Avallone knocked in two runs while Joe Usewicz earned an RBI.
Monday’s doubleheader also went smoothly, as they beat host Putnam Valley, 7-3, and host Yorktown, 7-2.
Five runs in the fifth and sixth innings combined aided the effort against Yorktown, but Ravoli twirled an excellent outing by tossing six innings for just two runs while fanning eight batters. Trio earned the save, tossing another solid final inning.
“I just tried to keep attacking the zone and getting ahead with that first pitch strike,” Ravoli said. “Let them beat me with the bat, but not beat myself by walking them.”
Brehm led the way with three hits and three RBI, as Montuoro drove in two runners. Daly also forced home a run.
Senior pitcher Brian Murray starred in the victory over Putnam Valley, working a complete game for only four hits, three runs and five strikeouts.
McGee, second baseman Tom Krisniqi and outfielder Matt Montera each had two hits. McGee shined again to bring home two runs on two doubles while Krisniqi and Brehm both earned RBI.
“Every (team) at the beginning of the year says that they have a shot,” McGee said. “But we’ve been proving it so far. We are going to continue to do that and I’m excited to see what this team can accomplish.”