Thomas A. Edison pitcher Joe Ducot settled down after a shaky start and junior varsity callup Chris Becker provided a big hit to help the Spartans come from behind to beat Newark Valley, 5-3, in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference baseball game Monday.
The Cardinals led 3-0 before the Spartans scored three in the fourth, capped by Becker’s two-run double. Jake Bahantka’s RBI double in the fifth gave Edison (8-1) the lead for good before Quiton Kettell added an RBI single in the sixth.
“Newark Valley came to play,” Edison coach Zach Brown said. “We were kind of sluggish, but they played us tough.”
Ducot, who walked two and gave up six hits over the first four innings, limited the Cardinals to one hit over the final three innings.
“He stepped up and pitched a great game,” Brown said. “He got stronger as the game went on.”
Ducot struck out six over seven innings.
Becker, a sophomore, was called up from the junior varsity team three games into the season primarily for his defense in the outfield, but Brown said he has provided plenty of production from the ninth spot in the batting order.
“He’s been crushing it ever since we brought him up,” Brown said. “We are ecstatic we did.”
Becker was 2-for 3 with two RBIs and a run scored.
On his game-tying hit, Becker said, “I saw the pitch and thought it was mine and swung the bat and it happened to find the gap. It felt really good.”
Bahantka was 2-for-2 with a double and an RBI. Vinnie Darpino was 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI to lead Newark Valley. Tim Ette took the loss.