Murray Shuts Down North Salem

Connor Mahoney slides safely into third base. Credits: Deena Bell

NORTH SALEM, N.Y.— It was quite the pitchers’ duel between Mahopac’s Brian Murray and North Salem’s Connor Mahoney on April 29, but the red-hot Indians won yet again on the road, 3-0.

“We had chances to score, but we just couldn’t execute,” North Salem coach Rob Gilchrist said. “We outhit them but couldn’t string hits together.”

The Maritime College bound-Murray performed lights out, striking out eight batters on five hits. In the other dugout, Mahoney pitched fabulously as well to one hit, eight strikeouts, three walks and zero earned-runs through 5.2 innings.

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“[Brian] threw a lot of strikes early in the count,” Mahopac coach Chris Miller said. “He had good command of his fastball and change-up today. We knew [North Salem] was going to be tough with Connor on the mound. The difference was that we made the majority of our plays defensively.”

Only scraping together two hits all game, the Indians pounced on their few chances like in the first inning when second baseman Tom Krasniqi bunted to move Steven Daly over to third.

The throw to first was misfired, as Daly rounded third to score. During the second inning, Daly brought a run home by roping a grounder to third base near the line with runners on first and third and two out. He dashed to beat the throw, as Mahopac’s small ball kept paying off.

It tacked on another run off Tiger Shane Cotter when catcher Chris Montuoro smacked an RBI double in the sixth inning.

“[Chris] has been one of our more consistent hitters,” Miller said. “He’s been stellar and consistent the entire year.”

Murray found himself in a jam during the fourth, with runners on first and third base with just one out. Perfect timing came into play since left-fielder Dylan Brehm snagged a fly ball and caught the runner back at first who never tagged for the inning-ending double-play.

Rian Balbino had two hits for North Salem, but it failed to muster anything when it had runners on second and third base in the second inning.

In a pair of league games, North Salem crushed host Pawling, 14-0, on April 24 before beating it again 7-5 at home three days later. In Monday’s lopsided win, Mahoney fanned 15 of the 18 batters that he faced and allowed a single hit over six innings for his fourth win of the season.

Senior outfielder Jesse Fleming drove four runs home and went 3 for 4 at the plate. Nate Carminucci also jacked a home run.

Thursday’s rematch posed more of a threat, as the Tigers trailed 5-3 entering the bottom of the sixth. J.B. Healy earned the victory on the mound and got two hits for two RBI while Adam Concadoro registered an RBI too.   

The Tigers (9-2) welcomed league-rival Haldane on May 2 and played away against the Blue Devils the next day. They will host Ketcham at 4 p.m. on Friday, May 5, and will play at Brewster at 3 p.m. the next day.

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