Sixteen years ago, Mike Setaro and Charles Harklerode were students at Stissing Mountain High School.
“We both had Mike Kohut as our gym teacher,” said Setaro, who is now the head baseball coach at Millbrook High School, with Harklerode assisting. “He was a great guy. Good role model.”
On Sunday, Setaro and Harklerode’s Blazers defeated Stissing Mountain’s Pine Plains team, 5-0, following a ceremony dedicating the Bombers’ home diamond “Mike Kohut Memorial Field,” in honor of the local baseball legend who died Jan. 20 of last year.
“There were a lot of people from the community,” including many of Kohut’s former players, Pine Plains coach Brendan LoBrutto said. “It was really a touching ceremony. Anyone that didn’t know Mike and was just at that ceremony will have a great sense of who he was.”
Kohut was Stissing Mountain’s athletic director for 20 years and baseball coach for 24 years, before also serving as an assistant baseball coach at Millbrook and Arlington high schools.
Following the dedication, Vincent Granuzzo took over the spotlight, tossing a complete-game three-hitter, striking out nine on 85 pitches.
Granuzzo also drove in a run, as did Jesse LiCurse. Wally Cook, Ethan Martell and LiCurse all collected two hits each.
“It’s a good way to start the season,” said Setaro, whose team visits John A. Coleman Catholic on Monday. “We still have a lot of things to work on and will continue to do so throughout the year.”
Pine Plains freshman Pete Ducillo went 51/3 innings in the loss, allowing two earned runs and striking our eight.
“He pitched a great game,” LoBrutto said. “The wheels came off when we started throwing the ball around (making errors).
“We were going to have to play a heck of a lot better in the field against anyone, but especially against a guy that just really threw a great game for them.”
Pine Plains (1-1) hosts Livingston Manor Monday.