Westchester Sports Recap0

BASEBALL (RECORD 8-7, REGION 0-0, CONFERENCE 0-0)

WEDNESDAY MARCH 28 For the Westchester Community College Baseball team, the key to victory in 2018 may very well be late-game heroics … even after the opponent enjoys some late heroics of their own. For the second straight game, the Vikings had to overcome an opponent who played scrappy every pitch of the game, this time downing Suffolk CC, 5-4 on Wednesday at Viking Stadium. With the win, Westchester improves to 7-5 for the 2018 season.

But it was not easy. Westchester jumped ahead 4-0 after scoring one run during the first inning, and three runs two innings later. The Vikings were beneficiaries of some sloppy play by the visiting Sharks as Suffolk walked four batters, hit a batter, and had three wild pitches during the first three innings of play. However, from there, Suffolk settled in, not allowing a WCC baserunner to advance past second base for six straight innings.

In the top of the eighth inning, Suffolk evened things, scoring four runs, while sending 10 batters to the plate, and forcing Westchester to change pitchers four times.

WCC nearly ended the game before extra innings, as the Vikings had runners at second and third base with two outs, but Suffolk was able to get a strike out to send the game into extra play.

After Suffolk stranded a runner to open the 10th inning, Westchester put the game in the bottom half of the frame. Jose Delacruz (New York, NY/George Washington HS) led off with a walk, and was replaced at first base by Sean Vanegas (Bronx, NY/Mount St. Michael). Christian Lovecchio (North White Plains, NY/Valhalla HS) followed with a walk of his own. After a double-steal put runners at second and third base, CJ Sager (Mahopac, NY/Mahopac HS) walked to load the bases with no outs. That’s when Osorio came to bat, and promptly lined a pitch to left-center field to score Vanegas and put the game away.

Scottie Giordano (Croton, NY/Croton-Harmon HS) had two hits and a walk, and scored twice, and nine Vikings drew walks. Six different WCC pitchers took to the hill, including Triston Olmo (Ardsley, NY/Ardsley HS) who pitched more than seven mainly brilliant innings. Olmo allowed three earned runs during the eighth inning, but that did not tell the story of how well he pitched. Olmo allowed no runs on five hits during the first seven innings. Michael Matalavage (Croton, NY/Croton-Harmon HS) earned the win in relief.

THURSDAY MARCH 29 Scottie Giordano (Croton, NY/Croton-Harmon HS) went 2 for 3 with a walk and two runs scored, and Jose Delacruz (New York, NY/George Washington HS) turned in his finest pitching performance of the season, but the Westchester Community College Baseball team lost 10-2 to Sussex Community College on Thursday at Viking Stadium. With the loss, Westchester falls to 7-6 for the 2018 season.

Playing less than 24 hours after an emotional walk-off win over Suffolk Community College, Westchester fell behind early, and was never able to get on track. The Vikings allowed at least one run during six of the seven innings played. They had runners in scoring position throughout the game, but were unable to get back into it. Down 2-0 right away, Giordano led off the bottom of the first inning with a single, and advanced on a Fielder’s Choice. A Paul Franzese (Somers, NY/Somers HS) RBI Fielder’s Choice brought Giordano home to make it 2-1. However, Sussex scored three more times during the top of the second inning to blow the game wide open, and never looked back.

Giordano led off the fifth inning with a walk, and came home when Miguel Toribio-Matias (Cold Spring, NY/Haldane HS) walked with the bases loaded later on in the inning.

SATURDAY MARCH 31 While there is plenty of time and baseball between now and then, if in fact the middle of May will see the Westchester Community College Baseball team face UConn-Avery Point for the right to go to the NJCAA World Series, regardless of who wins, it is going to be quite the battle. After playing four tight games during a seven-day span, the two teams proved that they remain among the elite teams in the region, and the difference between them may come down to one big inning.

On Saturday, the teams split a twin bill, with the Vikings taking the opener 12-5 before UConn-Avery Point won the second game, 3-2. With the split, WCC is now 8-7.

The opener featured an incredible display by Scottie Giordano (Croton, NY/Croton-Harmon HS). The sophomore was dominant in every way, not only earning the win on the mound with 5 2/3 inning of outstanding relief pitching during which he allowed only two unearned runs, but he also had a tremendous day at the plate, going 3 for 4 with two doubles and two RBI’s. Giordano, among others, came up big during a five-run fifth inning which saw Westchester break the game wide open. After two UConn errors, Sergio Osorio (North White Plains, NY/Valhalla HS) singled in a run. Giordano followed with a two RBI double to extend the WCC lead. Bobby Wootten (Ardsley, NY/Ardsley HS) and Sean Vanegas (Bronx, NY/Mount St. Michael_ each added RBI singles to pad the Westchester lead.

Wootten finished the day with three RBI’s, while Paul Franzese (Somers, NY/Somers HS) chipped in 3 RBI’s as well, including a two-RBI double in the third innings.

Giordano earned the win after relieving Nick Antenucci (Yonkers, NY/Stepinac), who pitched well. He allowed three runs, and pitched into the fourth inning when UConn-Avery Point threatened to rally with two baserunners on and only one out. Giordano entered to face the host’s best hitter, and promptly induced a double-play to end any hopes of a rally.

The nightcap featured a pitcher’s duel with Westchester’s Nick Cona (Cortlandt Manor, NY/Walter Panas HS) turning in a terrific effort. The sophomore pitched into the six inning allowing only one earned run, five hits, and struck out two. However, UConn’s bats were just a little bit better than WCC’s.

For the Vikings, Giordano went 1 for 3 with a run scored, and Steve Messerschmitt (Carmel, NY/Carmel HS) went 2 for 3.

Games This Week

  • April 5 & 6 – Baseball at Orange, 4:00pm
  • April 7 – Baseball vs. Orange DH, 2:00pm

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