Kyle Adams saw the throw coming, and he knew that he was in trouble.
The White Plains senior was attempting to steal second base in a one-run game, and with his teammate Cameron Crabbe having just struck out, he was about to be the final out of the inning.
“The throw definitely beat me,” Adams said. “I saw (New Rochelle’s John) Valente, the shortstop, lined up in the middle of the bag. I figured that the only way I had a shot in was if I tried to go around it. I did a little hook slide around the bag and the ump made his call.”
Adams was called safe – much to the chagrin of the Huguenots – to keep the inning alive, and the Tigers capitalized. They went on to score four runs in the sixth on their way to a crucial 5-1 win on Thursday.
“The throw had him beat probably by about 12 steps – literally,” White Plains coach Marcel Galligani said. “I’ve got to be completely honest with you, 99 percent of umpires would have called the kid out at second base. That guy had the gumption to make the call, because a tag never occurred.”
After being swept by New Rochelle last season and then losing to them by one run on Tuesday, White Plains (5-3) was in desperate need of a win over its league rival.
With Adams on second and the Tigers nursing a 1-0 lead with two outs in the top of the sixth, a Juan Payero walk was followed by an RBI single from Chris Medeot. The ball was booted in center field, allowing two runs to score, and then Medeot came home on a lapse of concentration from the Huguenots. A second error later in the inning cost the Huguenots (5-2) another run, giving White Plains a commanding 5-0 lead.
“That was the point that I made to the team after the game,” New Rochelle coach Pete Annunziata said of the way that his team unraveled. “There are certain things that you can control, and obviously an umpire’s call is something that you can’t control, but the way that you handle it is something that hopefully is the one thing that we take from this game.”
A wild sixth inning overshadowed strong pitching performances from each starter. New Rochelle’s Anthony Mirabile went 5 2/3 innings while allowing three earned runs and striking out six, but Lukas Repetti was even better for the Tigers.
The junior right-hander pitched six shutout innings on 91 pitches while allowing only three hits and striking out three. He improved to 3-0.
“New Ro is always a team that you want to beat,” Repetti said. “It’s a rival school, and we always play a good game against them. I was on this team last year, and after coming so close (on Tuesday), we were really happy to get this win. We want to continue to get wins through league play.”