Wednesday's results: Somers overcomes early miscues to beat Yorktown

Wednesday's results: Somers overcomes early miscues to beat Yorktown

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Wednesday's results: Somers overcomes early miscues to beat Yorktown

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CLICK HERE to read my story on Somers overcoming a rough second inning to comeback and defeat Yorktown, 7-5.

CLICK HERE to view Frank Becerra Jr.’s photo gallery from the game

CLICK HERE to see the box score and pitch-by-pitch breakdown on iScore

POSTGAME NOTES

• It certainly wasn’t the cleanest game that I’ve seen this season, as the two teams combined for five errors, but Somers continues to find ways to win. The Tuskers have wins over Lakeland, Beacon, Panas and now Yorktown, and have yet to lose to a Class A opponent. Still, coach Joe Wootten said they have work to do before they can join the conversation with the likes of Rye, Byram and Eastchester. “We’re doing it with our offense right now,” he 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. We’re looking to make the transition going into late May to pulling it all together.”

• The defense let Somers starter Anthony Maestri down in the second inning, and it put the Tuskers in a 4-0 hole. He had allowed a clean two-out RBI single to Mike Rodriguez (who had a heck of a game for Yorktown from the nine-hole) and then walked Jake Bichler to load the bases, so he put himself in a tough spot. But Maestri got Andy Greene to hit a routine fly ball to center field that was misplayed and dropped, allowing three unearned runs to score. “We’re going to make errors, and every team is going to make errors, but I just want to see them keep their heads and come back and make the next play,” Wootten said. “We do have the arms to compete, it’s just our defense. Our defense has to come through now, and that’s what we’re looking for.”

• To their credit, every time that Yorktown took a lead, the Tuskers responded right away. Down 4-0, Maestri (pictured to the left) hit a two-run double in the bottom of the second to get the rally going and break out of his recent slump. “I haven’t been hitting well lately, so getting that hit was big for me – not just for the team, but for myself to get some confidence back,” Maestri said.

Matt Pires had a sac fly and Jim Morzillo scored on a passed ball to tie it at 4-4 in the second, and after Nick Matzura hit a sac fly to put the Huskers back on top in the fifth, Somers responded with three runs in the bottom half of the inning. Paul Franzese had the big blow, fouling a few pitches off before driving an RBI double to tie the game. He would eventually score the winning run on an error. “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.”

• Maestri might not have had his best stuff – “My curveball wasn’t really working, so I was keeping more on the fastball and changeup,” he said – but he did limit the damage by only allowing two earned runs over five innings. The senior right-hander allowed eight hits and two walks with one strikeout on 95 pitches (57 strikes). “That’s what he’s been doing his past two starts,” Wootten said. “He’s been battling, and he’s been keeping us in the game enough where we can take it in the later innings. He’s a senior, he’s a ballplayer, a football, a basketball player, so he knows how to compete. And that’s what he does on the hill every time that he goes out there.”

• The most impressive outing of the game probably came from Somers right-handed reliever Ryan Mullaly, who earned the save with two scoreless innings. He allowed one hit and no walks, facing the minimum thanks to a nicely turned 1-6-3 double play in the ninth. He also got the win with one inning of relief on Tuesday against Panas. “Mullaly has been nothing but fabulous this year,” Wootten said. “He just comes on in there and he throws strikes. Nothing seems to bother him. Yesterday, he came in the game in a bases-loaded situation against Panas, and he got us a double play to end the inning. He’s been doing well, he’s been competing and he’s getting himself more innings.”

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. … Tim Zehnbauer hit a three-run homer in Ketcham’s 8-6 win over Lourdes.

Here are the scores that we received from Wednesday:

Somers 7, Yorktown 5

Blind Brook 6, Keio 4

East Ramapo 5, Early College 4

Rye 17, Port Chester 2

Dobbs Ferry 8, Rye Neck 1

Clarkstown South 10, Suffern 4

Arlington 2, Carmel 1

Fox Lane 12, Brewster 2

North Salem 5, Haldane 3

Lakeland 13, Peekskill 3

Briarcliff 4, Croton-Harmon 3

Iona Prep 10, Regis 3

Nanuet 6, Clarkstown North 3

Ardsley 15, Bronxville 3

Mahopac 9, John Jay-EF 6

Horace Greeley 8, John Jay 7

Ketcham 8, Lourdes 6

Arlington B 6, Pawling 3

Pleasantville 8, Westlake 5

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