NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. – The Yorktown Spartans fought back from a 4-0 deficit to capture the Greater Hudson Valley Baseball League’s 10A summer championship, 5-4, against the Westchester Cardinals on Sunday, Aug. 23, at Flowers Park in New Rochelle.
The Spartans scored 3 runs in the fifth inning with Luke Penna, Jayden Nunez, and Nico Masillo each knocking in a run. Masillo pitched a complete 6-inning game giving up only 1 earned run and striking out 4. Christopher Lanza was sharp behind the plate and added to the offense with 2 hits, including the game-tying RBI in the top of the sixth. Alex DiLorenzo scored on a passed ball for the go-ahead run. Jake Sgobbo sealed the win, catching a foul ball for the third and final out.
The seventh-seeded Yorktown Spartans earned the championship by beating the three top-seeded teams in consecutive playoff games (No. 1 Westchester Cardinals, No. 2 Putnam Valley Miners, No. 3 New Castle Mustangs). Christian Maratos, Jayden Nunez and Alex DiLorenzo had strong pitching performances in the Spartans’ first- and second-round playoffs games.
“It’s not how you start, it is how you finish,” said Coach Tom Masillo.
The Yorktown Spartans following their championship win in New Rochelle: First row: Brayden Guss, Frank Ofrias, Jayden Nunez, CJ Velardo, Nico Masillo, Jake Sgobbo; second row: Luke Penna, Ryan Stevenson, Christopher Lanza, Jaden Renzo, Christian Maratos, Alex DiLorenzo; third row, coaches Sal Renzo, Jeff Nunez, Peter Lanza, and Tom Masillo