Hudson Valley Sports Report


Ketcham Baseball Coach Reaches Milestone

WAPPINGERS FALLS – 400 wins in 20 years.

On its own merit, it’s an incredible milestone and a textbook example of consistency in building and coaching a high school sports program.

Now throw in the fact that you can take away one full year lost in 2020 to the coronavirus pandemic another half-season this spring due to a late start, a truncated schedule, and no postseason beyond the Section 1 tournament, and it takes on a whole other level of greatness.

Roy C. Ketcham baseball coach Pat Mealy achieved the milestone on Tuesday, winning his 400th career game as the Indians beat Beacon, 8-3.

The victory clinched Mealy’s 11th league title or co-title. He also has six Section 1 championships, three regional crowns, three state Final Four appearances and a state championship.

Overall, Mealy is 400-96.

“When Michael (assistant coach Mike Paino) brought it up to the team after the game, I honestly, truly, absolutely had no clue,” Mealy said. “It wasn’t something that I was marking. As a coach you get so caught up in the moment of what’s happening right in front of you that those kinds of things slip by the wayside.”

Mealy deflected all the praise, naturally.

“It’s a great credit to being blessed with some great players who bought into playing the right way,” he said. “Plus we have the most consistent coaching staff in New York State.”

Mealy has been there for 20 years. Paino and assistant coach Walt Gulick have been with him for 17, assistant coach Matt Paino for 12 years, and John Sullivan has been the JV coach for the last 10.

And in a great twist of fate, Mealy’s son Ryan picked up the victory in relief. Entering a tie game in the third inning, Ryan Mealy threw three innings of hitless relief with five strikeouts as Ketcham took an 8-1 lead during that time.

Dale Beneway and Keaton Blackwood closed it out with an inning each.

Xavier Kolhosser had three doubles and drove in three runs. Sean Camacho had two hits and two RBI, and Parker Nevins had a pair of sacrifice flies.

Ketcham is now 14-2 overall and should be the No. 2 seed in the Section 1, Class AA tournament behind Mamaroneck when the seeds and brackets are announced on Friday.

Play begins Saturday.

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