SOMERS, N.Y.— You’re not going to win too many baseball games when your defense makes four errors, especially in big spots.
That was the case for sixth-seeded Somers in an 8-3 loss to No. 11 Nanuet in the opening round of the Section 1 Class A playoffs on Monday, May 21.
Trailing just 4-3 in the bottom of the fifth inning, Nanuet loaded the bases against Somers starter Logan Carriero. With one out, a tailor made double-play ball was hit up the middle, but the ball was bobbled and Nanuet scored a run. The next batter roped a two-run single and Nanuet was up 7-3.
“It just wasn’t meant to be,” Somers coach Joe Wootten said of the loss.
The Golden Knights jumped out to a 4-0 second-inning lead, capitalizing on two Tusker errors.
Somers responded in the bottom of the third inning. Nick Ruggiero started it off with a double and Carriero followed with a single. Joe Marino walked to load the bases for Liam Kaseta, who laced a double to left-center field, scoring Ruggiero and Carriero.
“Liam’s been seeing the ball great all year long,” Wootten said. “Their pitcher (James Bilcik) elevated his fastball and Liam put it out into center field. I wish we were able to capitalize on that a little bit more with a few more hits behind him like we normally did this year. But listen, we made too many errors and we didn’t pitch in spots.”
Nick Keating’s RBI groundout cut the deficit to 4-3.
The offense, however, was unable to add on after that as Bilcik had their number. He threw a complete-game four-hitter and fanned seven Tuskers.
“Their pitcher went through us in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings,” Wootten said. “He found his stuff and got better as the game went along...He was on and we weren’t and that was the ballgame.”
The game was postponed twice due to rain and poor field conditions. It was originally slated to be played on Saturday, May 19.
Despite the loss, the Tuskers made significant strides this season. They won 14 games, finishing 14-7 after only winning six games in 2017.
“I’m extremely proud of the way our ballclub played this year,” Wootten said. “They got 14 wins this year and that’s incredible after getting six wins last year. I credit the seniors for making the season what it was this year. This one game does not take away from the fact that we had some success this year. I wish we had gone further in the playoffs but sometimes these things happen.”
Somers received the Robert A. Clemens Sportsmanship Award from the Westchester County Baseball Umpires Association. The award recognizes an entire program from the lower levels through varsity which displays attributes that the WCBUA feels best reflect the qualities of good sportsmanship.