With a walk-off hit against a rival, life was pretty good for Matt Seidner and the Roy C. Ketcham High School baseball team Friday.
Seidner’s two-run single in the bottom of the seventh inning scored Nick Simmons and Nick Shepheard to lift host Ketcham to a 5-4 win over Arlington in Wappingers Falls.
Arlington had taken a 4-3 lead in the top of the inning on a two-run double by Steve Gerringer (2 for 3, four RBI).
Ketcham’s Dylan D’Anna winds up a pitch in Friday’s game against Arlington.
“Seidner came through with the hit of his life,” said Ketcham coach Pat Mealy, whose team improved to 4-2 overall and 2-0 in Section 1 Conference 1 League A. “It was fantastic. It was electric obviously. It’s Arlington-Ketcham. It’s a huge rivalry game. Momemtum was totally in their favor. We put some at-bats together. The kids are feeling very good about themselves.”
For Ketcham, starting pitcher Dylan D’Anna struck out three and walked none over 6 1/3 innings. Greg Blum got a strikeout and a groundout to get out of the inning. Tim Zehnbauer (2 for 3, triple, double, two runs) and Stephen Merrill (2 for 2, RBI).
Arlington starter Evin Kleinganz struck out two and walked none over four innings.
Beating Arlington is a nice shot in the arm for Ketcham, Mealy said.
“It makes no difference who is on Arlington. They are talented every year,” Mealy said. “It’s tough going against schools like that, but it’s nice to get a win against your rival.”
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