Early Hole Dooms Somers in Sectional Loss

First baseman Joe Napolitano tags out a runner. Credits: Rob DiAntonio

CROSS RIVER, N.Y.— A tough season for Somers baseball ended in an 8-1 defeat at the hands of No. 12-seeded John Jay-Cross River in a Class A outbracket game on Thursday, May 18. 

Michael Hirsch, the senior ace, took the mound for the No. 21 Tuskers, squaring off with John Jay’s Alex Kohlhagen.

Offensively, Somers (6-15) struggled with the first eight batters being retired in order before Anthony DeCoro started the Tuskers off with the first hit of the day in the top of the third inning. John Jay (11-9) got started quickly though, scoring three runs in the bottom of the first. Hirsch gave up three walks in the first, but those were the only walks allowed on the day.

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Hirsch went five innings, giving up five earned runs on nine hits and also recorded two strikeouts to keep the Tuskers in it.

“I think that Hirsch, after the first inning, gritted out four good innings after that,” Somers head coach Joe Wootten said. “He settled in very nicely and he gave us a shot to win. He gave us a shot to win in the middle innings, but unfortunately their pitcher was better than our hitters today.”

Hirsch held John Jay scoreless through the second, third and fourth innings, but in the fifth John Jay scored four more runs, two of which were earned, to take a commanding 7-1 lead.

Somers strung together a hit in four straight innings but only scored one run in the fourth after Matt Pires led the inning off with a double. Pires advanced to third after Nick Keating grounded out and Garrett Wilson recorded the RBI after another groundout.

DeCoro led Somers at the plate, going 2 for 2 with two singles and Matt Pires went 1 for 2 with a double, walk and a run scored.

The Tuskers saw their struggles in the field continue, committing three errors in addition to a few other plays that could have been made. Wootten says his team must clean up their fielding to see success in the future.

“The message for the next team is errors—it’s as simple as that,” Wootten said. “Defense wins games. If you make too many errors and you let the other team extend throughout their lineup, let them score a few more runs than you do you’re not going to win like that. So defense, defense, defense. Our pitching put us in a good position to win a lot of games this year, but our defense let us down.”

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