YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, N.Y.— The lead was never in doubt as the East Coast Mavericks needed just four innings to defeat Somers 13-2 in the 9-and-under Greater Hudson Valley Baseball League ‘A’ championship game on July 31 at Apar Field in Yorktown.
For the Mavericks, who mainly feature players from Shrub Oak and Yorktown, it was their second consecutive summer league title.
“I’ve had nine of these 13 kids since they were five, so for me it’s pretty special,” Maverick coach Anthony Sabatello said. “I met their dads at T-Ball at five and I was coaching for 17 years. I stopped coaching at Fordham Prep because I wanted to coach my son and never did I think it would turn into this. The goal has always been for them to get better; not to win championships. I tell them all the time, ‘I’m responsible for sending kids home, writing the lineup and changing pitchers.’ Besides that, they do everything else. I don’t throw a ball, catch a ball or hit a ball. It’s all them. I’ve won a city championship and have coached college and pro ball and had some kids go pro. This is the biggest accomplishment — seeing these guys make it two years in a row.”
Dean Sewall started the offensive onslaught with an RBI single in the first inning to give the Mavericks a 1-0 lead.
The floodgates opened up in the second inning.
Andrew Weinbaum laced a triple to drive in Devin Diaz and Thomas Costello. A run then came home on an error on a ball hit by Mark Moccia. Anthony Frobose, Rory O’Connor and Anthony DeCesare each had RBI singles to extend the lead to 7-0.
“I keep the lineup the same and I make sure they know, ‘You’re not the nine hitter,’” Sabatello said. “On any other team, my nine hitter is the three hitter.”
Somers answered with two runs in the top of the third, but DeCesare snagged a line drive with the bases loaded to get out of the jam.
In the bottom of the third, Weinbaum was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to make it 8-2. Moccia lined a two-run single to stretch the lead to 10-2. Michael Katz and Anthony Sabatello contributed RBI singles, and Frobose had an RBI groundout to close out another six-run inning.
Frobose went the first three innings on the hill and struck out three, while O’Connor closed out the game in the final inning with two strikeouts.
The Mavericks, which finished the season 16-3 with their only losses coming to 10U teams, defeated the Larchmont/Mamaroneck Wildcats 10-3 in the semifinals on July 29.
“They trust each other and have such a good time,” coach Sabatello said. “They’ve know each other and have been around each other. I don’t put winning as a priority; getting better is the priority. I told them before the game today that win or lose it’s not going to change how I feel about them.”
The rest of the Mavericks roster consisted of Miguel Iglesias, Hunter Portante, Thomas Costello and Jason Douglas.