SOMERS, N.Y.— After a bumpy start, Somers’ varsity baseball team is starting to get on track.
Somers routed the visiting Brewster Bears 9-1 on Tuesday, April 19. The Tuskers followed starting pitcher Nick Keating to the victory. Keating only let one run score in six innings of duty. The sophomore let up six hits and struck out a batter.
“We talk specifically about having a plan,” Somers coach Joe Wootten said. “We put the ball in play, make their defense make plays and create runs while on base.”
Senior captains Frank Bele and Paul Franzese provided more than enough offensively to allow Somers to cruise to the win. Franzese went 2 for 3 with an RBI and a run scored. Bele picked up just about the same load, going 2 for 4 while driving in two and scoring one.
It was not quite a cakewalk when Somers played at Brewster for the rematch on Thursday, April 21. The Tuskers came out on top though, knocking off the Bears again, 5-3 in eight innings.
“Our approach and discipline was better in the Brewster series,” Wootten said.
Star junior shortstop Matt Pires went 3 for 4 while plating two runs and crossing the plate twice himself. Garrett Wilson got two hits in four at-bats and scored a run.
Rich Frommelt dealt six solid innings for a no-decision. Frommelt gave up two runs off four hits, struck out six and granted two walks.
The bats for Somers dozed off in the Saturday match at Carmel though, as they failed to take three games in a row, falling to Carmel 5-3. Catcher Nick Trujillo corralled two RBI and whacked a double for the Tuskers in defeat.
“That process broke down versus Carmel,” Wootten said. “We need to create more runs by having more quality at-bats. Our pitchers need to compete and make hitters earn their way on base.”
Bobby O’Leary tossed 3.1 innings, while surrendering two runs which were both unearned. O’Leary only allowed three hits while striking out a hitter.
Wootten preaches defensive stoutness to his club.
“Our team needs to play better defense,” Wootten said. “Especially late-game D. Providing teams with 24 to 25 outs per game has not been productive.”
Somers (3-6) fell to host Mahopac 4-2 on April 25.
The Tuskers travelled to Greeley on April 27 and then have three straight home games as they take on the Quakers at 4:30 p.m. on April 29, square off with Pearl River at noon the next day and face-off with Fox Lane at 4:30 p.m. on May 2.
Wootten is searching for more consistency out of his Tuskers midway through the campaign.
“We are entering the mid-point of the season with plenty of difficult league games remaining,” Wootten said. “Being prepared each and every inning will be vital. We are looking to improve each day so that we are playing our best come playoff time.”