Thursday's results: Perich narrows focus to help Suffern out of a jam

Thursday's results: Perich narrows focus to help Suffern out of a jam


Thursday's results: Perich narrows focus to help Suffern out of a jam



CLICK HERE to read my story on Suffern’s 7-5 win at Scarsdale on Thursday. Junior left-hander Brad Perich entered the game with the bases loaded and no one out in the fifth, but worked out of the jam to preserve the win.

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• We’ll get to the two offenses in a minute — both of which were very impressive — but the kid who stole the show was Perich. Scarsdale had been hitting the ball a ton through four-plus innings, and their approach against Suffern starter Justin Weisberg was paying off in the fifth. The Raiders began the inning with four straight singles, all on the first pitch (unless I missed a pitch), which scored a run and cut the deficit to 7-5. That’s when Suffern coach Ron Gamma called on Perich. At that point with no outs and the bases loaded, the thought process had to be that they would concede a run, they just wanted to limit the damage. But Perich started with a big strikeout, then induced a foul pop and a groundout to second to end the inning without allowing a single runner to advance. It was an impressive display of bearing down in a big spot, and even more impressive when you consider that Perich is a junior and first-year varsity player. “What’s going through my mind was just to throw strikes. That’s really the only thing. I didn’t want to walk anybody, I just wanted to throw strikes there,” Perich said. “I was just trying to throw to the glove and not think of anything else. It seemed to work out for me.”

• Gamma remarked to me after the game that he loves Perich’s makeup because he never seems to get rattled. Clearly, we saw that in the fifth, but he’s also got some good stuff to back it up. His fastball isn’t overpowering, but it doesn’t need to be from a lefty. He kept guys off balance with his offspeed stuff, particularly the changeup, and struck out six in three innings of work to close out the game. For a team with a very inexperienced pitching staff, Perich’s emergence could be big. “I throw my fastball more, but I like my changeup better. That’s a better pitch to go to,” Perich said. “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.” 

• Weisberg started the game and finished with seven strikeouts in four innings (including four in the first inning thanks to a dropped third strike), but he also gave up 10 hits, which led to the five runs (three earned). He did throw a ton of strikes (51 of his 67 pitches) and didn’t walk anyone, which is why Gamma is trusting him as the team’s ace to start the year. “He was just trying to throw strikes, like I did,” Perich said. “His curveball was really working for him, his changeup was working for him and he was getting a lot of groundouts.”

• Scarsdale countered with left-hander Max Marienberg, who worked some very long innings and was pulled to start the fifth because his pitch count was already up to 103. Like Weisberg, Marienberg gave up some hits as Suffern seemed to be able to square him up pretty often. He allowed six runs on eight hits with five walks and two hit batsmen while striking out five. “He struggled a little bit, and we just had a conversation after the game. He was flying open a lot,” Scarsdale coach Doc Scholl said. “His curveball has been great for us and he made some big pitches in key moments against some good players. Coming back as a returning pitcher, we feel like he can beat a lot of the good teams. He beat New Rochelle, and if we cut out some mistakes and get the pick-offs right, he could beat some of the bigger teams. I look forward to him playing Mamaroneck next week. That’s going to be exciting.”

• Suffern worked Marienberg and scored a run apiece in the first and second innings on RBI hits from Pierce Mariquit and Jeff Alvarez, but they really broke out in the fourth. Dan Blake led off with a walk 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 for the Mounties. Every starter reached base safely at least once, as Suffern is now 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 with four runs scored 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. They’re really doing well for us when we have guys on and we really need them to get a hit.”

• As good as Suffern’s offense was, Scarsdale outhit them 13-9, with Ryan Huo accounting for four hits and Harrison Wirth and Tyler Mandel adding three apiece. The Raiders struck out a decent amount, but they also hit some balls very hard and got an RBI from each of their 3-6 hitters. While many teams are struggling to score runs around the section, it doesn’t seem to be a problem for either of these teams. “We’ve absolutely been crushing the ball,” Scholl said. “There’s pretty much seven guys in our lineup who I feel like, every time they come up they’re going to get a base-hit. That’s been impressive, and I think the word is getting out that we can hit – especially after we beat New Rochelle, 12-5. There is a core group and they work really hard in practice.”

• The guy who really stands out is Mandel. He’s only a sophomore and he made some defensive mistakes at third base, but there’s no denying that the kid can swing it. He hit the ball on the screws in each of his first three at-bats, including a laser in the third that went off the left field wall for an RBI double. It looked gone off the bat, but the ball wasn’t carrying very well today. Scholl sounded thrilled to have him for two more years. “He’s a man amongst boys,” he said. “Yes, you look at raw talent and you see the kid hit. I’ve only had three kids that I throw BP to that I’m afraid of when I’m in the cage, and he’s one of them. Michael Morris and Henry Hirsch (are the others). But beyond that is his determination and how hard he works. He is the best hitter I’ve had in years, but he still comes to me and wants to learn more. He comes to work with a purpose, and that has become contagious.”


Kennee Torres threw a five-inning no-hitter with eight strikeouts in host Yonkers Montessori’s 13-0 over Woodlands. He also went 3 for 3 a triple and three RBI. … Noah Dunn pitched a no-hitter with six strikeouts and faced the minimum in Solomon Schechter’s 5-0 win over Palisade Prep at Fleming Field. … Kevin Haag pitched a four-hitter with five strikeouts and went 2 for 3 with two runs scored and a double in Ossining’s 3-1 win at Panas. … Joe Good pitched a complete game and had an RBI in Sleepy Hollow’s 5-1 win at Edgemont. … Greg Satriale struck out 10 over six innings and freshman Christian Aliberti went 3 for 4 with a homer and three RBI in Eastchester’s 9-2 win over visiting Byram Hills. …Max Picker threw a four-hitter with five strikeouts in host Blind Brook’s 9-3 win over Briarcliff. … Shane O’Neil allowed two hits and no walks over six innings in Carmel’s 4-0 win over visiting Lourdes. … Matt Linder threw a complete game and Jordan Harding had two RBI in Hastings’ 4-3 win at Dobbs Ferry. … Ryan Cornell threw a complete game with eight strikeouts in Valhalla’s 4-2 win at Westlake. … Brad Casethrew a complete game with eight strikeouts in host Iona Prep’s 5-2 win over All Hallows. … Riley Munson had three RBI and Kevin Coleman went 3 for 3 in Pelham’s 7-3 win over Bronxville at Scout Park. … Joe Forenz threw a six-hitter in Lakeland’s 7-1 win over Hen Hud at Sunset Park. … Nick Chiera earned his first varsity win without allowing an earned run and striking out five over five innings in Haldane’s 7-5 win over visiting Pawling. … Keith Secon pitched six innings and went 3 for 5 with a double in Rye’s 16-2 win at Port Chester. … CJ Spence struck out nine in a complete game in host Mount Vernon’s 1-0 win over East Ramapo. … Justin Schachter threw a five-hitter and Chris DiGuglielmo hit a three-run homer in Horace Greeley’s 4-0 win over visiting Yorktown. … Cal Lawrence threw a two-hitter with no walks and six strikeouts in host Mahopac’s 5-0 win over Arlington. … Steven Rosato had three RBI in Clarkstown North’s 9-5 win at White Plains. The Rams scored seven runs in the final two innings to rally from a 5-2 deficit. … Shutaro Wakayama had two hits and scored three runs in Keio’s 10-1 win at Rye Neck. … Brandon DiNota had two RBI in host Harrison’s 9-4 win over Pleasantville. … Robert Lichtenberger went 3 for 4 with five RBI in Fox Lane’s 15-6 win at Somers. … Chase Borowitz allowed two hits over five innings with six strikeouts in John Jay’s 7-3 win at Brewster. … Carlos Lima threw a complete game and Danny Rodriguez went 4 for 5 with two triples and four RBI in Riverside’s 12-7 win at Saunders. … Alex Callaway threw a complete game with five strikeouts and had two RBI in Beacon’s 16-0 win over Peekskill. … Tim Cuozzo broke a 3-3 tie in the fifth with a squeeze play to score in the go-ahead run in Nyack’s 8-5 win over North Rockland at Provident Bank Park. Daniel Marcillo took the win and had an RBI triple.

Here are all of the scores that we’ve received from Thursday:

Suffern 7, Scarsdale 5

Blind Brook 9, Briarcliff 3

Eastchester 9, Byram Hills 2

Carmel 4, Lourdes 0

Hastings 4, Dobbs Ferry 3

Valhalla 4, Westlake 2

John Jay 7, Brewster 3

Iona Prep 5, All Hallows 2

Pelham 7, Bronxville 3

Lakeland 7, Hen Hud 1

Rye 16, Port Chester 2

Mount Vernon 1, East Ramapo 0

Haldane 7, Pawling 5

Greeley 4, Yorktown 0

Mahopac 5, Arlington 0

Clarkstown North 9, White Plains 5

Keio 10, Rye Neck 1

Solomon Schechter 5, Palisade Prep 0

Harrison 9, Pleasantville 4

Fox Lane 15, Somers 6

Yonkers Montessori 13, Woodlands 0

Mount St. Michael 5, Stepinac 1

Sleepy Hollow 5, Edgemont 1

Ossining 3, Panas 1

Riverside 12, Saunders 7

Beacon 16, Peekskill 0

Kennedy 6, Fordham Prep 5

John Jay-EF 2, Ketcham 0

Nyack 8, North Rockland 5


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