MAHOPAC, N.Y. – The Mahopac 16U baseball team picked up a 14-7 victory over the NY Silverbacks in a Greater Hudson Valley Baseball League game played last Friday at the Crane Road fields in Mahopac.
Gianluca Santoro picked up the victory on the mound for the Indians, going 5 innings and allowing 7 hits.
“He was in control the entire time; he allowed some runs, but had good control,” said Mahopac coach Paul Mante. “He had good command. We went up 9-2 early, and the team played well. A really nice team effort.”
Santoro doubled and drove in three runs, Matt Bilichuk went 2-for-2 with 2 RBI, and Steven Perrone went 3-for-3 with 2 RBI. Erik Andersen went 2-for-3 with 1 RBI. RJ Horvath pitched 2 scoreless innings to close the game.
Sunday, the team traveled to Eastchester to play a doubleheader, but because of heat considerations, agreed to a two-hour limit to each game.
The Indians managed a 6-6 tie with Eastchester (in first place in the division) in game one.
Horvath started on the mound and went 3 innings, and Andrew Dacey pitched 2 scoreless frames in relief.
The Indians got a third-inning grand slam off the bat of Anthony Mante, putting Mahopac ahead 5-3 at the time. Eastchester went ahead, 6-5, before the Indians tied the game.
“Eastchester is a really good team,” Mante said. “We played really well, that was a good collective effort.”
Eastchester—thanks to a 25-man roster—was able to field a completely new team for the second game of the doubleheader. And with Mahopac running out of gas, and players, the Indians lost 14-0 in the nightcap.
Mahopac is scheduled to take on Peekskill at 6 p.m. Friday at the Crane Road fields.
Mahopac, 2-2-1, has seven games remaining, and players are enjoying whatever games they’re able to play, according to Mante.
“We’re definitely having a good time out there,” he said. “We have a good roster, with good pitching and a nice batting order. We had some tournaments we had to cancel, and the team was supposed to play JV this spring, and lost that.
“Overall, we were hoping for more games,” the coach added. “But we’re happy to have the 12 games (and playoffs) we have scheduled, and we’re playing well. I think the team can finish well and make some noise in the playoffs.”
The GHVBL regular season is set to wrap on Aug. 16, with playoffs to follow.