PURCHASE, N.Y.— North Salem’s Adam Concadoro knew what he had to do and the adrenaline was rushing as he broke from third base.
The squeeze was on and Connor Mahoney laid down a perfect bunt as Concadoro raced home to beat the throw and score.
“Every time I see the sign I get excited — it’s a big play,” Concadoro said of the squeeze. “I just had to get there. I knew Connor would lay it down and I just had to get home.”
Mahoney pitched six innings on the mound to get the win, while Concadoro delivered two big hits to drive in three runs.
“They beat us at our place last year, so it feels good to come out here and beat them on their home field,” Mahoney said. “It’s about mixing it up and keeping them off balance. Overall we played good defense and the run support was really great.”
Keio Academy is one of the top teams in Class B, and North Salem coach Rob Gilchrist admitted it was a big win for the Tigers as they improved to 13-5 overall on the season.
The suicide squeeze executed by Mahoney and Concadoro was the final exclamation point as the final run of the game, and it was the second successful suicide squeeze for the Tigers in the game.
“They’re a great baseball team, they do all the little things right to win, and we had to play their style to beat them,” Gilchrist said of Keio. “We executed two suicide squeeze plays, we put a lot of hit and runs on, pitching was there, defense was there, we played smart baseball.”
North Salem provided Mahoney with the early run support as the Tigers scored three runs in the second inning with Nate Carminucci connecting for a double and Phil Foglia a single. Foglia raced home for the third run when Adam Bitondo laid down the suicide squeeze.
Keio scored a run in the bottom of the fourth and the Tigers answered right back with a run in the top of the fifth to make it 4-1 as Bitondo led off with a single and Concadoro drove him home with an RBI single.
The home team had hopes of a comeback win as Keio scored twice in the bottom of the sixth to make it 4-3, but once again North Salem answered right back in the seventh with a four-run rally to put it away. Foglia had a single to put two runners on and Bitondo came through once again with a two-run single to make it 6-3. Concadoro followed with another RBI single to make it 7-3. He then created the final run with his speed as he stole second, went to third on a wild pitch and came home to score on the suicide squeeze by Mahoney.
J.B. Healy came on in relief to pitch the seventh inning and close out the victory for the Tigers.
Healy also tossed a complete game in a 4-2 win over Putnam Valley on May 10. North Salem lost to Arlington B 6-4 the following day.