MAHOPAC, N.Y. – The Mahopac 13U fall baseball team is set to open fall postseason play Friday night with a first-round home game against No. 15 Putnam Valley. Action is set to get underway at 5:30 p.m. at the Crane Road fields.
The Indians drew the No. 2 seed out of 37 teams in the championship gold bracket.
Mahopac (10-4) has been playing well as of late, and topped Carmel, 3-1, last Friday at Crane Road. The team has won 10 of its last 12 games, after starting the season 0-2.
“The team has been playing very well, our pitching and defense have been holding us together and keeping us in games,” said coach Bill Feierstein. “Carmel won the summer championship, so the kids were very happy to beat Carmel, which also happens to be coached by Mahopac‘s new athletic director, Steve Luciana.”
In the win over Carmel, Mike Behler picked up the victory for the Indians on the mound, pitching four innings in relief and allowing no hits with eight strikeouts. Starter Lucas Bilichuk went three innings and allowed one hit with eight strikeouts.
Feierstein liked what he saw. “Both of them, if they pitch like that in the playoffs, there’s no stopping us,” the coach said of the pair. “Both of them pitched very well.”
Carmel was up 1-0, until Bilichuk knocked in a run in the fifth inning to tie the game. One inning later, Tyler DeBrocky connected on a two-run single to put Mahopac ahead for good.
“Bilichuk and DeBrocky both came up with big hits,” the coach said. “We only had five total hits between the two teams, so those were timely hits.”
The prior Sunday, Mahopac split a doubleheader with the New York Silverbacks, losing game one, 9-3, before winning the nightcap, 10-3.
Feierstein feels good about his team’s chances in the playoffs. “We have a deep pitching staff, so we’re kind of built for it,” he said. “We could have four games in 10 days, so I feel good about that with our pitching.”