NORTH SALEM, N.Y.— Somers took a first inning lead on Connor Mahoney and North Salem in its opener and the Tuskers appeared to have the momentum.
The bats, however, went quiet after that as Mahoney tossed a complete game one-hit shutout to deal the Tuskers a 2-1 defeat in their opener on April 6 at North Salem High School.
“He threw his slider when he was behind in the count and he threw his slider when he was ahead in the count,” Somers coach Joe Wootten said of Mahoney. “He had us looking away and then he came in with the hard slider on the outside corner. No. 12 beat us today; North Salem beat us today and there is no doubt about it.”
Senior catcher Nick Trujillo doubled home senior first baseman Frank Bele to get the Tuskers on the board in the first.
From there, Mahoney was in cruise control as the left-hander finished with eight strikeouts and walked four.
“I want them to realize that sometimes in baseball a hot pitcher can beat you and if you don’t make adjustments this can happen again,” Wootten said. “In game adjustments is what we have to build upon right now.”
Trailing 1-0, the Tigers did their damage in the top of the third. Phil Foglia reached on a single, stole second and was moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by Nate Carminucci. Evan Zambelletti’s sacrifice fly brought Foglia home to tie the game up. Center fielder David Corradi blasted a double and scored on an RBI single by shortstop Dan Capra to give the Tigers the lead for good.
Somers threatened in the bottom of the sixth inning. Bele struck out, but the ball got away and he beat the throw to first. Bele stole second, but Mahoney managed to strike out Paul Franzese. Mahoney intentionally walked Trujillo and induced an inning ending unassisted double play.
“That’s baseball,” Wootten said. “They made plays today and they came out with the win. You’ve got to tip your hat to North Salem; they did a great job today all around.”
Senior Rich Frommelt got the start on the hill for Somers (1-2) and allowed one earned run and five hits while issuing one walk over five innings. Junior Michael Hirsch came on in relief and fanned four over two innings.
“Richie Frommelt pitched a great five innings,” Wootten said. “Hirsch came in for the last two innings and didn’t give up any runs, so I’m really satisfied with the way the pitchers threw today. The bats were a different story, but the pitchers threw well.”
Somers fell to visiting Arlington 6-1 on April 9. Franzese socked a solo home run in the loss.
Junior Christian Scogna pitched two innings of scoreless relief and struck out three while allowing no earned runs.
Franzese went 3 for 4 with a home run, two doubles, four RBI and three runs scored in a 12-4 win over visiting Ossining on April 11.
Bele also went 3 for 4 with an RBI and three runs scored. Junior Ross Dietrich picked up the win, allowing no earned runs over three innings while scattering three hits.
Somers will travel to Lakeland for a 4:30 p.m. game on April 14 and will also hit the road two days later for a 12:30 p.m. contest at John Jay-Cross River.