Scott Oliver surrendered four hits in a complete-game effort as his Marlboro High School baseball team shut out host New Paltz on Monday, 2-0.
“Their pitcher kept us off-balance,” New Paltz coach Sam Phelps said. “He changed speeds, worked both sides of the zone. It wasn’t a very clean game, but they held on. Hats off to them.”
Oliver struck out nine Huguenots. The Huguenots had the bases loaded with one out in the bottom of the seventh against Marlboro, but Oliver worked a game-ending double play. Phelps said his team just couldn’t get the big hit.
“We were flat,” Phelps said. “We can’t decide against good teams to wait until the seventh inning to play baseball. We have to come out more focused, and that’s something we’re missing right now.”
Marlboro’s Cole Nicolis finished 1 for 3 with an RBI, and the Iron Dukes’ offense was aided by four New Paltz errors.
Now, the Huguenots will look to refocus, with no game scheduled until Wednesday.
“It’s a pretty good thing, we’re not scheduled to play until next week,” Phelps said. “We’re not practicing (Friday) and we’re going to start getting back to basics Monday.”
While New Paltz (2-2) hosts Red Hook Wednesday, Marlboro (3-1) will play at Highland.
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