SOMERS – It hasn’t always been pretty, but more times than not so far this season, Somers has been finding ways to win.
The Tuskers got off to an inauspicious start against Yorktown on Wednesday, allowing three unearned runs in the second inning, but they fought back to earn a 7-5 win.
“Most of our games have been pretty ugly wins, but we just keep winning,” senior Anthony Maestri said. “We’ve won our last three games, and we’re just going to stay on this high and try to sweep the week.”
Maestri gave up a two-out RBI single to Mike Rodriguez in the second, but had a chance to limit the damage when he induced a fly ball to center field from Andy Greene with bases loaded. The ball was misplayed and dropped, clearing the bases and giving the Huskers a 4-0 lead.
“You have to just get it out of your head,” Maestri said of the error. “You can’t think about that. You just have to keep pitching, throw strikes, get the team out of it and get back in the dugout.”
Somers (6-3) got the runs right back in the bottom half of the inning. Maestri broke out of his recent slump with a two-run double, Matt Pires had a sac fly and Jim Morzillo scored on a passed ball.
“We’re doing it with our offense right now,” Somers coach Joe Wootten said. “Our pitching has been a little bit shaky for the first part of the year and our defense is definitely not there yet to compete with the big boys in Class A, but I believe our bats are getting us through this time.”
The score remained tied at 4-4 until Nick Matzura’s sac fly put Yorktown (7-4) back on top in the fifth. But just as they did in the second inning, the Tuskers responded quickly.
The rally in the bottom of fifth started with a walk to Brendan Smith, and then Paul Franzese came through with an RBI double.
“I went down 0-2 or 1-2, and I just fouled off a couple of pitches,” Franzese said. “Then he made a mistake and left it over the middle of the plate, and I put it in the outfield.”
An error allowed Franzese to score the go-ahead run, and then Somers scored an insurance run on a Maestri groundball.
Maestri ended up allowing five runs (two earned) on eight hits and two walks over five innings for the win and Ryan Mullaly worked the final two scoreless frames for the save.
“Every one of our wins has been from behind this year, so we’re kind of used to it,” Franzese said. “We’re rolling right now. We’ve gotten revenge on four teams that beat us last year, so we’re really clicking as a team.”
Best of the rest: Bobby Wootten went 2 for 3 with two walks, two RBI and three runs scored in Ardsley’s 15-3 win at Bronxville. … Max Picker threw a complete game and Brandon Hamlet went 2 for 4 with a double, a run scored and an RBI in host Blind Brook’s 6-4 win over Keio. … Vincent Lea and Fred Adames each had two hits in East Ramapo’s 5-4 win over Early College. … Campbell Schultz went 2 for 4 with two RBI in Rye’s 17-2 win over Port Chester at Disbrow Park. … Neil Abbatiello struck out eight over four innings and hit a home run in Dobbs Ferry’s 8-1 win over visiting Rye Neck. … Dean Conti pitched a complete game and Alden Gonzalez went 4 for 5 with five RBI in Clarkstown South’s 10-4 win at Suffern. … Will Wortmann got the win and Andrew Workman had a homer and four RBI in host Fox Lane’s 12-2 win over Brewster. … Connor Mahoney struck out six over 6 1/3 innings for the win in North Salem’s 5-3 win over visiting Haldane. … Mike Morelli pitched five innings for the win and Trevor McCarthy went 3 for 3 in Lakeland’s 13-3 win over visiting Peekskill. … Joe Canonaco went 2 for 3 with two RBI in Briarcliff’s 4-3 win at Croton-Harmon. … Brad Case struck out seven over five innings, Sal Villano had three RBI and Dan Carollo had two in host Iona Prep’s 10-3 win over Regis. … Steven Rizzuto pitched six innings for the win and Andrew Samori had two RBI in Nanuet’s 6-3 win over visiting Clarkstown North. … John Reda and Mike Celestino each had two RBI in Mahopac’s 9-6 win at John Jay-EF. … Adam Quine tripled and scored the winning run in Horace Greeley’s 8-7 walk-off win over John Jay.