With the last few days as evidence, one thing has clearly been established in the early going of this high school baseball season: Lenny Torres has a good arm. Really good.
The Beacon sophomore allowed one hit in four scoreless innings to earn the win as the Bulldogs topped Spackenkill, 6-1, on Thursday night at Dutchess Stadium.
The righthander, using a well-located four-seam fastball, struck out seven batters and cruised in his first start of the season.
“He can be overpowering with it,” Beacon coach Bob Atwell said of Torres. “He’s a very talented sophomore who pitched very well.”
He also fielded very well a day earlier. In the Bulldogs’ 1-0 eight-inning victory over John Jay on Wednesday, Torres showed off that overpowering fastball — from the outfield. In the sixth inning, on what would have been the go-ahead RBI single, Torres rifled a one-hop throw from medium right field to home to nail the runner at the plate.
On Thursday, Beacon took control with a six-run third inning and that was more than enough for its pitchers. Jalen Echandy allowed no hits and an unearned run in three innings of relief. The junior notched his first career save for the Bulldogs (2-0).
Jason Antalek hit a three-run triple down the left field line and Anthony Thompson had an RBI single in that big third inning.
“It was great and we love playing at Dutchess (Stadium),” Atwell said. The stadium is on Beacon school district property, so the baseball team plays there a few times each season. “With the rain we’ve had, we wouldn’t have been able to get the game in had it not been for the turf field here.”
As part of a two-day tournament at Dutchess Stadium, Beacon hosts Monroe-Woodbury in the championship game at 7 p.m. Friday. Spackenkill faces Cornwall in the consolation game at 4 p.m.
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