Pupczyk Comes Up Big in Yorktown Win

Husker Jan Kluk records a base hit. Credits: Deena Bell
Mike Rodriguez calls for the ball as Jake Bichler ducks out of the way. Credits: Deena Bell
Joe Veca makes the throw across the diamond. Credits: Deena Bell

YORKTOWN, N.Y. – Yorktown needed a big game from its junior pitcher Matt Pupczyk and he delivered in a huge way in a 5-2 victory against Section 1 Class AA perennial contender Fox Lane on April 29.

“The win today was a must for the team to help us understand that we can compete against the best and put up a fight,” Pupczyk said. “We were recently on a losing streak but I feel the win today against a team as competitive as Fox Lane gave our team an understanding that we can compete against the best for the league title and hopefully a section championship.”

Pupczyk came through by delivering six big innings, scattering four hits and walking none.

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“Although my velocity was down I trusted myself to locate my pitches down in the zone,” Pupczyk said, “and trusted my defense to make the plays behind me and allowed Fox Lane to put the ball in play.”

Andrew Tubiolo pitched a scoreless seventh to earn the save.

Senior left fielder Matt Boccia (2 for 3, two RBI) drove in Andy Greene with a single in the second to make it 2-0 in favor of host Yorktown.

“During that at bat I was just trying to drive a pitch to the outfield,” Boccia said. “It felt awesome to give us the early lead especially on a team like Fox Lane.”

Boccia then eventually scored a run of his own in the second to make it 3-0.

“It was huge to take an early lead on a big section rival like Fox Lane,” Boccia said. “It gave us the all the momentum we needed.”

Pupczyk appreciated the effort from his offense, which was also aided by Tom Cole and Mike Rodriguez, who each went 2 for 3 with a run scored.

“My team made it easier for me to pitch by earning a 3-0 lead and allowed me to pitch the game I know I’m capable of pitching and this allowed me to relax myself on the mound,” Pupczyk said.

In turn, Pupczyk’s efforts were appreciated by his teammates.

 “You really couldn’t ask more from a pitcher,” Boccia said. “I know his arm was bothering him before the game and that he didn’t really have all his stuff today. He battled through it and gave us everything he had and was just lights out.”

Yorktown (6-6) fell in a nail biter at Mahopac 1-0 on April 28 with Jimmy Sharkey (3.1 innings), Mike Rothman (0.2 innings) and Trevor Bocian (2 innings) combining on the mound to limit the Indians to just three hits, with Sharkey striking out three and Bocian recording one strikeout.

The Huskers fell to visiting Valhalla 11-5 on April 27. Joe Veca (2 for 4, RBI), Rodriguez (1 for 3, RBI) and Tanner Dyslin (1 for 4, two RBI) all contributed to Yorktown’s effort against the Vikings.

Lakeland lost to visiting Hendrick Hudson 6-2 under the lights on April 29.

James Houlahan gave the Hornets a 2-0 lead with a two-run inside the park homer in the fifth inning before the Sailors answered with six runs in the sixth.

The Hornets fell at host Hendrick Hudson 8-6 on April 27, led by Albin Brucaj  (2 for 3, double, RBI).

Lakeland (6-7) lost to visiting John Jay-Cross River 7-3 in eight innings on April 25.

Matt Tuite led the Hornets, going 2 for 3 including a double and an RBI against the Indians.

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