MAHOPAC, N.Y. - The Mahopac 16U baseball team opened its summer season in the GHVBL (Greater Hudson Valley Baseball League) last week (Thursday, July 16) with a 12-2 victory over Mount Pleasant in a game played at the Crane Road fields in Mahopac. The team lost on Sunday, dropping a 5-1 decision to Mamaroneck, also in Mahopac.

In Thursday’s season opener, Gianluca Santoro picked up the victory on the mound for the Indians with 4 innings of work. RJ Horvath pitched in relief.

“We had 12 runs on 10 hits, we batted 11 players, and 10 of them scored runs,” Indians coach Paul Mante said. “The team played very well. Gianluca pitched phenomenally, he scattered 4 hits, and defensively we were sharp.”

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Mante said he was impressed with the team’s play, considering how little practice time was available. “We were only able to have two practices prior to opening,” the coach added. “So that was really an encouraging sign, the guys responded very well.”

Anthony Mante went 2-2 two with 2 RBI, Erik Andersen drove in 2 runs, Steven Perrone went 2-3 with 1 RBI, and Andrew Dacey had 1 RBI.

In Sunday’s loss to Mamaroneck, Anderson took the loss on the mound, with Dacey and Horvath pitching in relief.

Mante had the only RBI of the game for Mahopac, which fell behind after a sloppy start.

“All three of our pitchers threw very well,” Mante said. “We made a few errors in the field early that cost us three runs, so the score was not really indicative how close of how close the game was. And we had men on base in several innings, we just couldn’t get that timely hit. That was the difference.”

Mante added that players were handling the COVID-19 protocols well.

“So far, I think the kids get it,” he said of the use of masks, and distancing. “They’re all doing their best. It wasn’t as bad as I thought it could be. There are extra things to do, to think about. But I think it’s becoming second nature already.”

The team was scheduled to host the New York Silverbacks Friday at 6 p.m. at Crane Road, and the Indians will play a doubleheader on Sunday at Eastchester starting at 9 a.m.

“Overall, we have kind of a new roster,” Mante said. “We have  four 16-year-olds, and nine 15-year-olds, so we’re kind of playing up, and I think the team is really doing well so far.”