SOMERS, N.Y.— It is always a classic duel when Somers and Mahopac collide, but it was the Indians who persevered in a 7-4 road triumph after losing an early lead on a windy Thursday afternoon.
Tusker third baseman Joe Napolitano smacked a first-pitch fastball off Dylan Brehm for the two-run single that handed Somers a 4-3 edge moving into the crucial sixth inning.
Nick Keating replaced starter Marc Maestri on the mound, but loaded the bases and walked Matt Merlini to bring the tying run home before Colin Smith was sent to the hill.
“We had three walks and two hit-by-pitches in that inning,” Somers head coach Joe Wootten said. “If you do that, you are just waiting to be beaten.”
Coming through in the clutch not for the first time, Daly zipped a two-run single straight up the middle to hand Mahopac a 6-4 lead.
“I just relaxed, got my pitch and drove it, not trying to do too much,” Daly said. “I know a lot of guys on (Somers) and it’s a little competition even more than the game. It definitely nice to come back and get the ‘W’ after being down.”
Mahopac ace Brian Murray ran into some trouble in the seventh inning before closing out the determined Tuskers. He retired the first two hitters without a problem, but gave up back-to-back singles to Maestri and left fielder Christopher Boncarto.
With Napolitano stepping into the batter’s box, Somers could taste a last minute comeback but instead he tapped one right back to Murray as Mahopac prevailed.
“I like the way our offense is coming along,” Wootten said. “We seem to be putting good wood into each pitch. But our pitchers need to compete more and our defense was spotty. If you give teams extra outs, those are the usual outcomes.”
The southpaw Maestri ate up a firm five innings while fanning two batters. He even knocked two hits with a sacrifice fly while Boncarto pounded a double and a single.
The power-hitter Napolitano slashed two hits for two RBI and second baseman Matt Mariani roped an RBI single in the second.
Somers nearly grabbed its first victory the day before the loss to Mahopac. Its rally fell short to North Salem in a five-inning 8-7 loss. The game was called due to poor field conditions after it rained for the majority of the game.
Right-fielder Nick Ruggiero battered a two-run double in the fifth before the Tigers escaped the jam. Joe Marino plopped in an RBI single and Matt Pires went 2 for 3 with three runs scored.
Maestri kept swinging well, going 2 for 2 while driving three runs in. Using a total of four pitchers, Somers used Napolitano for three innings as he allowed three earned runs on seven hits with two strikeouts.
Somers (0-3) hosted Ardsley on Tuesday and will traveled to Croton Harmon on Wednesday. It will play at Walter Panas today at 4:30 p.m.