MAHOPAC, N.Y.— Sometimes a disappointing loss can set off the alarms for a team to get back on track.
The Horace Greeley Quakers blanked Mahopac 4-0 on April 23.
The Indians have pieced together an impressive five straight wins since the road defeat.
In a pitchers’ duel from the start, Indian senior ace Brendan White excelled once again. White gave his best performance of the season with a complete game 1-0 shutout of visiting Yorktown on Thursday, April 28. Mahopac is now 9-4-1 on the season and undefeated at home with a 7-0 mark.
“Brendan White was absolutely awesome,” Mahopac coach Chris Miller said. “He threw strikes all day, worked ahead of the hitters. We did a lot of good things defensively too today, so I was very happy with that.”
Yorktown starter Jimmy Sharkey pitched with high-velocity, but walked five. Nevertheless, Sharkey threw 3.1 innings and surrendered just one hit. Sharkey exited early with a sore shoulder.
“I knew that it was going to be a struggle to put some runs on the board with him,” Miller said. “Give credit to their coach to bring in a kid that is completely opposite of him in terms of velocity, and to bring in a lefty too. We didn’t have a great adjustment when we saw the different pitchers.”
Still scoreless in the bottom of the fifth, senior second baseman Nick Fanelli led off with a grounder down the third-base line. Luckily for Mahopac, it hit off the third-baseman’s glove, allowing Fanelli to beat out the throw and spark a new flame.
Senior outfielder Joe Giorgio laid down a sacrifice bunt that landed just right of the pitcher’s mound. Yorktown senior left-handed relief pitcher, Mike Rothman, appeared a bit too calm as he bobbled the pick-up, making Giorgio safe too.
“Luckily for us they didn’t do a good job with the bunt after we managed to be safe at first and second,” Miller said. “So then I decided we’ll bunt again then.”
The man of the hour White stepped up to face the off-speed throwing Trevor Bocian. White bunted a beauty down the right side and outran the throw. The bases were now juiced for the senior outfielder, Matt Montera.
Montera pinged a sacrifice-fly to center field, as the group of senior Indians found a way to get on the board. Mahopac was unable to add on, but White made the one run stand up with his dominant effort on the hill.
In the top of the sixth with one out, Yorktown’s Andy Greene tried to steal second and generate some kind of offense against the dominant White. Catcher Greg Cavaliere threw him out after a nifty scoop and tag by shortstop Pat McGee.
A comebacker right to White ended the quick inning, as the seventh went even more swimmingly for Mahopac. It was one-two-three to be exact, and included White fanning Yorktown’s Tom Cole on three pitches.
The Indians visited Scarsdale the day after the Yorktown victory, and bested the Raiders 4-2. Brian Murray went the distance and struck out seven, while allowing just one hit, no earned runs and two walks. White had two RBI, while Montera added one.
Mahopac hung on to defeat visiting White Plains 4-3 on Saturday, April 30 to stretch its streak to five. Cavaliere was 3 for 3 with an RBI and a run scored. Lore and Eric Fox each had an RBI. Anthony Mirditaj pitched seven innings while striking out seven to earn the win. He scattered five hits, allowed three earned runs and walked one.
Mahopac (9-4-1) will put their flawless 7-0 home-record on the line this Tuesday when conference foe John Jay East Fishkill comes to town at 4:30 p.m.