Huskers Win Senior Game vs. Greeley

Jake Bichler and Yorktown picked up two wins over Greeley last week. Credits: Deena Bell

BEDFORD, N.Y.— Yorktown’s baseball squad played to a 3-3 tie at Fox Lane in a May 9 contest that ended after 10 innings due to darkness.

Joe Veca (2-run homer), Nick Farda (3 for 5) and Tanner Dyslin (2 for 5, double, RBI) starred offensively for the Huskers with Matt Pupczyk scattering six hits, striking out three and allowing no runs in six innings of relief.

The Huskers were victorious in their senior game with a 6-3 triumph against visiting Horace Greeley on May 10.

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“This win means a lot,” said Dyslin, a senior captain. “Senior night is a night to commemorate all the hard work our seniors have put in, and to cap it off with a win is pretty special.”

Dyslin registered a huge day against the Quakers, going 3 for 3 with two doubles and five RBI.

“I just wanted to make this senior day special,” Dyslin said. “We only get one senior night, and I just really wanted to win this game for my fellow seniors.”

Alby Ciufetelli was outstanding on the mound, going 6.1 innings, scattering two hits, striking out five and allowing just one walk and no earned runs with Veca earning the save.

“Alby just goes out there and he throws strikes,” Dyslin said. “He doesn’t give up many free passes, and he made the other team hit. We played a pretty solid defensive game behind him too.”

Jake Bichler also contributed to the senior-game victory by going 2 for 3 and scoring two runs.

Yorktown (7-11-1) ended its week with a 9-2 win at Greeley on May 12, led by Veca (2 for 4, double, 5 RBI), making a winner out of Jack Christensen.

Lakeland avenged a loss to Walter Panas with a 6-1 victory at Panas on May 12.

“It felt great to come out and beat them. They ruined our senior night two nights earlier so we wanted to do the same to them,” Lakeland senior pitcher Patrick Morelli said. “The rivalry is great and all and the games are intense but as a whole it doesn’t mean much to us—it’s just another game in the season. All we are focused on is a section title, nothing else.”

Morelli propelled the Hornets to the win by throwing a complete game, striking out eight.

“I felt like I was really hitting all my spots and getting ahead in the count, but my defense really picked me up and made every single play, which gave us the win,” he said.

Morelli helped himself by going 2 for 4 at the plate, with Austin Cassese (homer) and Freddy Reichelt (2-run double) also contributing to the cause.

“Austin and Freddy are both great hitters and always seem to come up clutch,” Morelli said. “Those hits were huge for the team and they really gave us energy.”

The Hornets lost on their senior night May 10 to visiting Panas 4-3. Matt Mikulski pitched well for the Hornets, striking out 12 while allowing just one earned run.

Lakeland won at Harrison 1-0, sparked by a complete-game shutout from Brian Petriccione with Reichelt (2 for 3, RBI) doing the damage offensively for the Hornets on May 8.

A day later, Lakeland (13-6) defeated host Lincoln 11-1, with Eric Portella hurling a complete game on just 68 pitches, backed by the hitting of Kevin Croce (3 for 4, double, 2 runs).

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