Hudson Valley Sports Report

DON’T SLEEP ON MAHOPAC BASEBALL

Indians Continue Torrid Streak With Win Over Ketcham

WAPPINGERS FALLS – After a shaky 1-2 start, it’s a pride thing now for the Mahopac High School baseball team.

“We’ve just been wanting to prove people wrong because everyone is counting us out,” Indians’ standout Tom Krasniqi said. “Hopefully now teams start taking us seriously but we love being slept on.”

Not that Mahopac needed any further validation during this eight-game win streak it has crafted, but No. 8 came against defending Section 1, Class AA Ketcham on Wednesday, 7-6, in a league matchup.

The scorching hot Indians from Mahopac are now 9-2 overall; the reeling Indians from RCK are now 4-5.

Mahopac built a 7-1 lead going into the bottom of the sixth thanks to RBIs from Krasniqi, Anthony Simeone, Chris Montouro, Ryan Bloomer and Steven Daly. And some help from RCK – three errors in a four-run Mahopac third inning.

“We reverted back. We made three errors in one inning and they were the most inexcusable errors you could ever draw up,” Ketcham coach Pat Mealy said of his team, which has lost four of the last five. “We’re just finding ways to lose baseball games and it’s something we’re unaccustomed to in this program. I’ve never seen anything like it.”

But Ketcham made a game of it and got to Simeone and Tyler Rimaldi, putting a five-spot up and trimming the lead to 7-6. Jason Sitler had two hits and two RBI for RCK.

But Billy Moeller and Mark Trio came on to get the last five outs of the game to preserve the victory for ‘Pac.

“We’re playing really good baseball right now, we’re playing clean baseball,” Montouro said. “From one through nine in our lineup we’re hitting the ball hard and Mark Trio is coming in and closing games.”

“Today we gathered ourselves after their big inning and reminded each other that we still had a lead and that we needed to play like it,” Mahopac standout Pat Mcgee said. “Once we took the field in the bottom of the seventh the infielders met on the mound and we agreed to keep it simple, saying ‘Let’s get three outs before they score one run.’  We’ve been in a few tough spots during this streak and have handled it well each time. It’s a never-quit attitude for this group of kids.”

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