SHRUB OAK, N.Y. — A game that looked to be a washout turned into a classic between Mahopac and Shrub Oak’s 10-and-under ‘B’ baseball teams the morning of Sunday, July 16.
Hitting the ball with authority for most of the contest, the undefeated Indians held on for a 17-14 road victory at Lakeland High School in a Greater Hudson Valley Baseball League game.
But it sure didn’t come on a silver platter as expected, after Mahopac shut out the Storm, 18-0 during a spring season it ended with a 10-1 record.
Instead, a hungry Shrub Oak side spat out eight runs in their last licks of the sixth inning and even brought the tying run to the plate.
“Once somebody starts hitting, they all pick up,” Shrub Oak coach Rob McDermott said. “We fight, that’s something that we’ve always done. We were down nine (runs) to LaGrange last year in the playoffs and came back and won. They don’t give up and they support each other. I’ve got a really good group of kids and parents.”
Matt McDermott bopped a two-run single up the gut to cut the deficit to seven runs.
Later in the long frame, starting pitcher Daniel Parks shot a two-run single of his own into right field, as the Storm then trailed by just three runs before Mahopac’s Robert Keller struck the final batter out.
“Everybody is staying positive and working together,” the coach said. “The one thing that I’m most proud of is that they don’t stop fighting. They are always swinging the bat and building.”
Shining for Shrub Oak was do-it-all man Logan Crilly, who creamed a solo home run off the foul pole in left field during the bottom of the fifth. Crilly finished with three RBI and also doubled.
Brandon Forte laced an RBI single in the fourth inning to score Evan Tostanowski, who doubled before him. Catcher Christian Ramos skied a sacrifice fly in the same inning.
As part of the huge sixth-inning rally, John Sibiski lofted an RBI double over the center fielder’s head. Vinny Fusco retired the side on the mound in the third inning while Forte snagged a screaming line drive in the right-center field gap to end the fourth.
The Storm (5-7) played at Somers on July 19 before playoffs begin.
“We’ve improved dramatically from the spring,” Rob McDermott said. “The first time we started playing together was last summer. We’re making steps, season to season. All games have been close. The boys had fun and we’re excited.”