Perich narrows focus to help Suffern out of a jam

Perich narrows focus to help Suffern out of a jam


Perich narrows focus to help Suffern out of a jam


The mind can be a powerful thing, and in the midst of a tense moment, many athletes have trouble slowing it down and narrowing their focus.

Clearly, that isn’t an issue for Suffern junior Brad Perich.

The inexperienced left-hander entered Thursday’s game at Scarsdale in the bottom of the fifth with the bases loaded and no one out, with the Mounties clinging to a two-run lead. A run would have been acceptable, and even two would have been understandable, but Perich retired three straight to preserve a 7-5 lead that would eventually become the final score.

“I was just trying to throw to the glove and not think of anything else,” Perich said. “It seemed to work out for me.”

Perich tossed three scoreless innings in relief with six strikeouts to close out the win for the Mounties (5-1) after the two offenses had duked it out for five innings.

The Raiders (2-3) outhit Suffern, 13-9, with Ryan Huo accounting for four hits and Harrison Wirth and Tyler Mandel adding three apiece. But a few costly throwing errors came back to haunt Scarsdale.

“They killed us,” Scarsdale coach Doc Scholl said of the miscues. “You can’t give good teams four or five outs. If they would have done it to us, we would have been up a couple of runs in this game.”

After scoring two early runs on RBI hits from Pierce Mariquit and Jeff Alvarez, the Mounties broke out in the fourth.

Dan Blake walked and Dominic Iemma bunted for a hit to start the rally, with RBI singles from Alvarez and Brian Nugent and a two-run single from Gabe Cohen building a 6-2 lead.

Suffern is averaging 10.8 runs per game in its five wins.

“That’s pretty much how we’ve been doing it,” said Iemma, who went 2 for 4 and scored four runs from the leadoff spot. “We really get on a lot at the top of the order and our middle of the lineup has come through with a lot of RBI.”

Scarsdale made it interesting with two runs in the fourth and one in the fifth, but Perich relieved starter Justin Weisberg (three earned runs over four innings with seven strikeouts) and stopped the bleeding.

Suffern defeated Scarsdale 7-5 a varsity baseball game at Scarsdale High School April 23, 2015.

“It was a total relief for me,” said Perich, who is becoming coach Ron Gamma’s go-to arm out of the bullpen in his first season on varsity. “I’ve relieved the last couple of games and I’ve been doing well, so I think that’s going well for us right now.”

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