Go back a few decades, and Mount Vernon baseball was nothing to scoff at. The Knights consistently put out strong teams and were considered a force in the Section 1 ranks.
In more recent times, that has not been the case. Mount Vernon has struggled to build complete rosters and get students interested in the sport, and it doesn’t help that the Knights play in one of the most competitive leagues in the section. Needless to say, they’ve taken their lumps over the years.
That’s what made past week so special for Mount Vernon. Under coach Ernie Richardson, the team has continued to battle, getting back up each time that it gets knocked down. The Knights began the 2016 season 0-10, giving them a bleak outlook and making the playoffs look unlikely. Since then, they’ve won five of their last seven, including three in a row last week.
The catalyst was junior C.J. Spence, the latest #lohudbaseball Player of the Week.
The left-hander set the tone by shutting out rival New Rochelle on May 10, propelling Mount Vernon to a 1-0 win with a dominant one-hitter with 12 strikeouts and just one walk. It was the Knights’ first win over the Huguenots in 13 years.
Mount Vernon completed the sweep of New Ro with a 2-1 win in nine innings on Thursday, completing what is believed to be its first sweep of the Huguenots in at least 20 years. Finishing the week on a high note, Spence tossed a two-hitter with 10 strikeouts in a 7-3 win over Clarkstown North on Sunday.
That’s just three hits over 14 innings with 22 strikeouts for the Knights’ ace. And for good measure, he went 5 for 11 at the plate with two doubles and two triples.
“He’s been the backbone all season, and especially leading this winning streak,” Richardson said. “This means a lot to our program — a nice shot in the arm.”
Others who were considered this week included Mamaroneck’s Emerson Genovese, Fox Lane’s Henry Davis, Nyack’s Ryan Weiss, Briarcliff’s Jonmichael Dolgetta, Pelham’s Joe Liesman, Yorktown’s James Sharkey, John Jay-EF’s Steven Schoen, Rye’s George Kirby, Tappan Zee’s Nick Delli Pizzi, White Plains’ Damian Vignone, Albertus Magnus’ Mike Dunne, Ketcham’s Stephen Merrill, Tuckahoe’s Austin Pope, Clarkstown South’s Peter Iannarilli and John Jay’s Justin Dprich.
Previous #lohudbaseball Players of the Week:
- April 4-10: North Rockland’s Chris Dodrill
- April 11-17: Pearl River’s Kevin Scrima
- April 18-24: Byram Hills’ Anthony Russo
- April 25-May 1: Harrison’s Steven Pesce
- May 2-8: Eastchester’s Greg Satriale
NOTE TO COACHES: I’ll be taking nominations for the #lohudbaseball Player of the Week for the rest of the season. Please email me at email@example.com every Sunday with stats for the player that you’d like us to consider. Any games from Monday-Sunday should be mentioned.