NORTH SALEM, N.Y.— After winning a Class C state title last season, the North Salem baseball team has turned heads once again in 2017.

The Tigers (12-4) edged visiting Pleasantville, 4-2, on Friday, May 12, as sophomore reliever Rian Balbino earned the victory after pitching three innings.

Junior starter Will Baumler gave up two runs during his three frames, as North Salem took the lead in the bottom of the fifth inning after scoring a pair of runs. Senior Connor Mahoney jacked a solo home run as part of the rally.  

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Mahoney dismantled Blind Brook’s lineup on the hill during Wednesday’s 4-0 home victory. He struck out 14 for one hit through a complete game effort.

“Connor is the same way that Danny Capra was last year,” North Salem coach Rob Gilchrist said. “If you give him a one or two-run lead, we know that Connor is going to do the rest for us. He has great command of all his pitches and he is a bulldog out on the mound.”

Senior shortstop Adam Concadoro went 2 for 3 at the dish with a run scored. First baseman Phil Foglia also went 2 for 3 with an RBI. Catcher Nate Carminucci knocked two hits and crossed the plate once.

North Salem dropped a road contest with Ardsley, 4-1, on May 8. Pitcher J.B. Healy tossed four innings on six hits, three earned runs and a strikeout.

Balbino let up a run during two frames of work, but also fanned three batters. Concadoro stayed hot at the plate, going 3 for 3 with a triple and a run scored.

Mahoney suicide-squeeze bunted Concadoro home for the Tigers’ lone RBI if needed to knot the score at 1-1 in the third. Carminucci continued to batter the ball, going 2 for 3.

Dobbs Ferry was supposed to visit the Tigers on Saturday, but the game was postponed due to heavy rain.

They hosted rival Keio Academy on May 15 and welcomed Class AA school Roy C. Ketcham to town the next day to close out the regular season. 

“Last year we had a tough schedule as well, and it paid off when we won the sectional championship,” Gilchrist said. “Last season going into sectionals, all starting nine guys were really hot at the plate. We’re trying to get the bats really hot to finish on a good note to carry us again.”