Doug Elser lofted a sacrifice fly in the top of the ninth inning that pushed across the eventual winning run as the John Jay High School baseball team beat Beacon 9-8 at Fishkill’s Dutchess Stadium late Thursday.
“We’ve been playing them year after year at Dutchess Stadium, and every game has been great. This year was no different,” said John Jay head coach Tom O’Hare, adding “every pitch is a battle” against Beacon.
The Patriots (4-0) led 4-3 after five innings, but the Bulldogs scored five runs in the bottom of the sixth to take the lead.
John Jay tied the score 8-8 and then looked to center fielder Mike Luzzi to keep the score knotted.
In the bottom of the seventh, the Bulldogs had the game-winning run on second as Luzzi fielded a line drive in the gap in left-center field. Luzzi came up throwing — O’Hare said his outfielder fired the ball from some 350 feet away from home — and threw out the runner at the plate.
“I can’t tell you if I’ve ever seen a throw like that in a high school game,” O’Hare said.
Luzzi’s heroics paved the way for Elser’s dramatic at-bat two innings later.
Elser’s fly ball to the outfield plated designated hitter Jordan Urban to give John Jay a 9-8 lead, and reliever Matt Lisella worked a second scoreless inning in the bottom of the frame to pick up the win.
“Matt is a kid with great determination,” said O’Hare, adding Lisella is in his second season coming out of the bullpen. “He’s confident and comfortable coming on in relief.”
Urban scored three runs, while teammates Tyler Kardas and Luzzi contributed two runs apiece.
Nick Golembiewski and Patrick Schetter each went 3 for 5 for Beacon, which also used a 2-for-4 effort from Nick DiNapoli to keep the game tight.
The Patriots host John Jay-Cross River in Wiccopee on Monday.
Spackenkill 11, Dover 3 — Marc Horvath and Kenny Herrera each went 2 for 3 as the visiting Spartans defeated the Dragons in a Mid-Hudson Athletic League game late Thursday.
Horvath had three RBI and a run scored for Spackenkill (3-1), while Herrera had an RBI and two runs scored.
Greg Boettcher was 2 for 4 with a run scored for Dover.
Marlboro 7, Rondout Valley 3 — Winning pitcher Matt Tamburri tossed a one-hitter and struck out seven late Thursday. He also went 2 for 3 with an RBI.
Justin Votta drove in a pair of runs for the Iron Dukes, who evened their record at 2-2.
John A. Coleman Catholic 10, Millbrook 4 — Jon Orlando had two hits, but the visiting Blazers lost an MHAL game late Thursday.
Vassar earned its eighth win in 10 games this season, defeating host Skidmore 19-9 on Friday.
Vassar’s Dara Davis led all scorers with five goals. Phoebe Tzannes had four Marissa Reilly three. Isabelle Goldstein, Sophia Rosetti and Elizabeth Annis added two goals apiece for Vassar, and Nicole Magney chipped in with one.
The Brewers, who have won three games in a row, travel to face Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute today.
Vassar’s Matt Elgin and New Paltz’s Tim Ferriter were named to the All-United Volleyball Conference first team. Ferriter was named UVC Rookie of the Year.
Vassar’s Christian La Du was named to the second team.
Ashley Cahenzli’s seventh-inning RBI single scored Moorea Martin and pushed Red Hook to a 4-3 win over host Highland late Thursday.
Cahenzli and Martin each went 3 for 4 with two RBI and two runs scored. Cahenzli struck out 10 and walked three.
Kellie Panek was 2 for 3 with a third-inning, two-run home run for Highland. Pitcher Shannon Ward struck out seven and walked three.
“It was a very nice win and I’m pleased because it’s with a young squad,” Red Hook coach Tom Gilbert said. “We have an experienced pitcher, though, in Ashley Cahenzli and we’re, overall, playing very good defense.”
Alex Mackowicki scored for visiting Franklin D. Roosevelt in a 15-1 loss to Kingston late Thursday.
Jonas Lindholm-Uzzi and Sam Laing won singles matches in Red Hook’s 3-2 road loss to Saugerties late Thursday.
Dutchess’ David Belton had the low score of 82 in Region XV Mid-Hudson Conference play on Thursday at Yonkers’ par-70 Dunwoodie Golf Course.
Dutchess’ Ryan O’Connell carded an 89. The Falcons did not have enough golfers to score as a team.