Hudson Valley Sports Report

NOT PRETTY, BUT RCK STAYS UNBEATEN

Baseball Team Outlasts Clarkstown North

WAPPINGERS FALLS – Call it the post-Florida blues.

The Roy C. Ketcham High School baseball team had a successful week-long trip to Florida over spring break – bonding as a team and winning two more games, including one of the top Class A team in New York State.

But the Indians had some jet lag on Monday.

Oh, they won, beating Clarkstown North 10-7 in a non-league game to improve to 9-0 overall, but coach Pat Mealy saw too much of a letdown.

“We played like we hadn’t played in two weeks,” he said. “We had five errors and were sloppy. We didn’t deserve to win. We need to bounce back in practice on (Tuesday).”

Phoenix Bowman had two hits, including an RBI double, for RCK. Quentin Bowman had a single, double and two-run home run with four RBI totals. Ben Tullo added two hits and Owen Paino had two RBI.

But Mealy called it “a strange game” as the Indians went with pitching by committee – five hurlers to help save the rotation for two huge games with Arlington on Wednesday and Friday.

“We’re in no way prepared to play as big a game Wednesday based on the way we played today,” Mealy said. “We’ll see what we’re made of. We won, but it was tainted by a lack of focus. I think the kids are reading the headlines too much and need to come back down to earth.”

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