Hudson Valley Sports Report


Presidents Beat Marlboro In The Semifinals And Pine Plains For The Crown

SAUGERTIES – There was a point in the season when the Franklin D. Roosevelt High School baseball team was struggling with a 3-6 overall record and facing a trip to play Monroe-Woodbury in its next game.

The contest was rained out.

“I told my coaches, ‘This might be a blessing in disguise,’ ” Presidents coach Kory VanZandt said.

It was.

FDR ripped off eight consecutive wins to regain control of its season and on Tuesday night won its first-ever Mid-Hudson Athletic League tournament championship, beating Pine Plains 6-1 in the finals at Cantine Field after taking a 10-3 win over Marlboro earlier in the day in the semifinals.

“Right now we’re playing our best baseball,” VanZandt said. “It speaks to these guys and their attitude and determination.”

Especially FDR’s pitchers.

VanZandt said starting pitchers Ethan Klein and Mitchell Oakley didn’t have their best stuff early on, but settled in and got stronger as the game went along. Klein drew the start against Marlboro in the semis based largely on his 5-1 victory over the Dukes earlier in the season. Despite giving up two runs in the first inning aided by an error, Klein was outstanding the rest of the way.

Ironically, Oakley broke the game open with a bases-clearing triple to give the Presidents a 5-2 lead and they never looked back.

In the championship game Oakley took the hill and struggled early on to develop his breaking pitches, but he grinded and allowed only one run until he found his groove in the fourth inning.

Brian Scheiner had a sacrifice fly in the title game, Owen Pacchiana had an RBI single and Brandon Lahey had two doubles among his three hits.

Here is a great photo gallery from the tournament from all four participants. If you would like to purchase any of these photos, contact Rich Thomaselli at

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