A Busy Week for Yorktown

Joe Veca rounds second and heads to third. Credits: Deena Bell

YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, N.Y.— Yorktown’s baseball squad won its first game of the year with an 8-6 victory against Somers on April 10.

Leading the Huskers offensively was Matt Pupczyk (3 hits, RBI), Nick Farda (2 hits, 2 RBI) and Joe Veca (2 hits).

“We were able to learn from our mistakes against Mount Vernon and went up with better approaches to put us in a good position to be successful,” said Veca, a senior captain who primarily plays first base when he isn’t on the mound.

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The Huskers were motivated going into the game at Somers coming off a 3-1 opening-day setback against visiting Mount Vernon the previous week.

“Coming off a loss we knew we had to step up and do anything possible to pull out a win,” Veca said. “Against a rival like Somers, the team was all in all game and wouldn’t settle for anything other than a W.”

The first win of the year for the Huskers was extra sweet since it came against one of their rivals.

“You want to take on rivals and come out on top,” Veca said. “It’s not only bragging rights for the team, but the school. In any sport it’ll be a good game and you want do anything possible to be on top at the end.”

Yorktown senior captain and outfielder Tom Cole said that getting the first win is always the hardest and it felt extra sweet to get it done against Somers.

“We proved how capable we are offensively and it was a great boost to our confidence,” Cole said.

Pupczyk earned the win by striking out seven in four innings pitched with Veca pitching the final 2.1 innings, fanning four, to earn the save.

“Matt and Joe are both three year varsity guys. They know how to come up clutch and give the team the best chance to win,” Cole said. “We all have faith in their abilities as pitchers and it’s an added bonus they are great at helping themselves out at the plate as well.”

Cole led the Huskers with three hits in their 7-4 loss against visiting Arlington on April 11.

“Tommy is just a gamer—period,” Veca said. “He’s the guy I want up at the plate when the game’s on the line. He’s really just slowing it down right now. He knows no one will beat him with a fastball and is doing a nice job keeping his hands back when the slow pitch comes in.”

Cole said that all the preparation Yorktown coach Sean Kennedy has done with the Huskers in practice allowed him to succeed and help his team.

“I had the right mindset of jumping on fastballs early in the count, and staying closed on breaking balls,” Cole said. “I owe it all to coach for getting me mentally prepared to have quality at bats.”

Yorktown (1-4) fell against visiting Suffern 7-1 on April 12 and 12-6 when it hosted visiting Walter Panas on April 13.

Jake Bichler and Luan Biberaj each had two hits to lead the Huskers against Panas.

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