Editor's Note: In the print version of this week's Mahopac News, it was reported that Yorktown defeated Mahopac, 8-7, which was accurate as of press time. A protest by Mahopac was later upheld, awarding Mahopac another run. The game was declared a tie.
MAHOPAC, N.Y. – The Yorktown and Mahopac 14U baseball teams opened their summer seasons in the GHVBL (Greater Hudson Valley Baseball League) Sunday at the Crane Road fields in Mahopac, with the Bandits originally taking an 8-7 decision that was protested by the Indians.
Yorktown was leading 8–7 in the seventh inning when Mahopac loaded the bases. A hit ball caromed off of the umpire, who, due to COVID concerns, was behind the pitcher instead of behind the plate. The ball was ruled in play, the play was made at first, and umpires called the game over.
Mahopac coach Jim Castrataro said the rules state his batter should’ve been awarded first base, resulting in a run scoring, and the game being tied.
GHVBL officials later upheld the protest and declared the game a tie.
Mahopac got off to a 4-0 lead before Yorktown went up 6-4 in the sixth. The Indians tied the game at 6-6 in the bottom of the frame with a pair of runs.
Yorktown then scored twice in the seventh.
Will McCarthy and Nick Pace each had an RBI for Yorktown.
“It was our first game, and we were a little rusty on the field,” Yorktown coach Charlie Baker said. “But all three of our pitchers did a nice job. We have a nice rivalry with Mahopac, always good games.
“As far as the protocols, it’s definitely an adjustment we will have to get used to,” Baker added of masks and social distancing. “But it all went smoothly; it’s still baseball between the lines.”
For Mahopac, starter Chris Sapienza went four scoreless innings, before relievers took over.
Tyler Castrataro was 2-for-2 with three runs scored, Sapienza had an RBI, and backstop Casey Brandstetter went 2-for-3 with one RBI. Quentin Bally also drove in a run for the Indians.
“It was a typical Mahopac-Yorktown game; every game is tight,“ Castrataro said. “Very evenly matched. Chris was lights out early in the game, but our other guys struggled a little bit.
“Offensively, Tyler had a nice game, he and Chris and Casey all hit the ball well,” the coach added. “And Quentin got a key base hit and drove in a run. It was good to get back on the field. The protocols were not a problem, everyone wants to get back out there and do whatever we have to do to have a summer of baseball.”