It’s a sports cliche that in rivalry games, you can throw records out the window.
After host and top-seeded Roy C. Ketcham’s 4-2 win over 17th-seeded and league rival John Jay in the first round of the Section 1 Class AA baseball tournament Thursday, Ketcham coach Pat Mealy wanted to hold on to what his Indians have accomplished this season.
“We don’t want to throw our record away. We have worked our tails off to be in the position to be a number-one seed,” Mealy said. “Unfortunately, we had to play our cross-town rival that we’ve seen already three times.”
Ketcham ace Tim Zehnbauer threw a complete game with four strikeouts and allowed seven hits.
“He was not his best. He probably had a Tim Zehnbauer “B” game,” Mealy said. “The thing he did was he kept us in there and battled and pitched. Because of that, we were able to hang in there all game and we did what we needed to do at the plate to give him enough support.”
Matt Seidner was 3 for 3 with two RBI for Ketcham, driving in two on rope down the left field line in the second inning. He scored on a Justin Squarzini sacrifice fly. John Jay scored its runs on a Mike Attebury sacrifice fly and a bases-loaded fielders choice by David Deberardinis.
Ketcham hosts Suffern in a Saturday quarterfinal at noon.
“What I do have is a lot of kids with experience who understand what the atmosphere is going to be,” Mealy said.
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