Westchester Sports Recap0

BASEBALL (RECORD 18-9, REGION 10-2, CONFERENCE 10-2)

WEDNESDAY APRIL 18 – James Houlahan (Yorktown Heights, NY/Lakeland HS) had three hits, two stolen bases, and four RBI’s. Nick Cona (Cortlandt Manor, NY/Walter Panas HS) pitched a complete-game gem as the Westchester Community College Baseball team won for the seventh time during its last nine games.

Houlahan batted during each of the first four innings as the Vikings enjoyed one of their best offensive games of the season. The freshman singled in the first inning to move Scottie Giordano (Croton, NY/Croton-Harmon HS) into scoring position. After a double-steal moved Giordano to third base and Houlahan to second base, Paul Franzese (Somers, NY/Somers HS) singled home Giordano for a 1-0 lead.

After Cona pitched out of a jam with two strike outs to open the second inning, the Vikings blew the game open at the bottom of the second, scoring five times to make it a 5-0 game. A single and two walks opened the inning to load the bases, and a Giordano single scored Jose Delacruz (New York, NY/George Washington HS) to make it 2-0. Then Houlahan knocked in two more runs to make it 4-0. The scoring ended when Franzese singled home Giordano for a 5-0 lead, and a Christian Lovecchio (North White Plains, NY/Valhalla HS) fielder’s choice brought home Houlahan for the 6-0 advantage.

A 1-2-3 top of the third inning led to two more Viking runs during the bottom of the frame, highlighted by a two-run Houlahan single that scored Sean Vanegas (Bronx, NY/Mount St. Michael) and Giordano to make it 8-0.

The bottom of the fourth inning saw the Vikings send 10 batters to the plate, scoring four runs for the 12-0 edge. The key hit was a two-run bases loaded double by Sergio Osorio (North White Plains, NY/Valhalla HS).

Overall, Westchester combined for 13 hits and five stolen bases. Giordano had three hits, a walk, two stolen bases, two RBI’s, and three runs scored. Franzese had two hits, a walk, and an RBI. Delacruz added two hits and two runs scored, and Vanegas went 1 for 1 with two walks, two stolen bases, and two runs scored.

FRIDAY APRIL 20 – Sean Vanegas (Bronx, NY/Mount St. Michael) went 2 for 4 with three RBI’s, two runs scored, and two stolen bases. James Houlahan (Yorktown Heights, NY/Lakeland HS) added three hits, and RBI, and two runs scored as the Westchester Community College Baseball team downed visiting Dutchess Community College, 12-4 on Friday at Viking Stadium. With their eighth win during the last 10 games, Westchetser improves to 16-9 overall, and 8-2 in both Region XV and Mid-Hudson Conference play.

Westchester won the first two games of the four game series by a combined score of 24-4.

As was the case during a 12-0 win over the Falcons on Wednesday, Westchester put the game away early, jumping out to a 2-0 lead after the first inning, and 7-3 after three innings to inch closer and closer to a post-season bid. The only inning that WCC did not score was the fourth inning.

Also for Westchester, Paul Franzese (Somers, NY/Somers HS) went 2 for 4 with a run scored, while Bobby Wootten (Ardsley, NY/Ardsley HS) went 2 for 4 with an RBI and a run scored.

Steve Messerschmitt (Carmel, NY/Carmel HS) earned his first win of 2018, pitching four outstanding innings in relief, allowing a single earned run, while striking out three.

SATURDAY APRIL 21 – Four straight wins over a solid Dutchess Community College team, and 49 runs scored later, the Westchester Community College Baseball team emerged from Dutchess Stadium on Saturday night as a team that appears to be hitting its stride at the perfect time. Not only were the Viking bats hotter than they have been all season long, but while achieving their first series sweep of the season, WCC played four complete baseball games, with solid defense and outstanding pitching to go with some clutch hitting.

All of which was on display on Saturday night as the Vikings downed the host Falcons, 20-8 and 5-1. Over four games, WCC outscored Dutchess an incredible 49-13.

Eight of Dutchess’s 13 runs calmer during the opener on Saturday evening, a figure that proved to be irrelevant as Westchester scored as season-high 20 of their own.

The game was tight until the fifth. Westchester led 5-2 in the top of the frame when Scottie Giordano (Croton, NY/Croton-Harmon HS) hit a two-out, three-run triple to make it an 8-2 game. A James Houlahan (Yorktown Heights, NY/Lakeland HS) single scored Giordano to make it 9-2. Dutchess battled back to make it 9-4 at the bottom of the inning, but three more WCC runs put the game out of reach in the top of the sixth inning. Sergio Osorio (North White Plains, NY/Valhalla HS) brought home CJ Sager (Mahopac, NY/Mahopac HS) to make it 10-4. After an error scored a run, Giordano hit another triple, this time scoring two runs for a 13-4 edge.

Dutchess scored four time times during the bottom of the sixth inning to make it 13-8, but WCC closed scoring with a seven run seventh inning, highlighted by another bases-loaded triple by Giordano.

Nick Antenucci (Yonkers, NY/Stepinac) picked up his fifth win of the 2018 season on the mound.

Giordano had an incredible day at the plate, going 4 for 5 with 8 RBI’s, tripling three times, two of which came with the bases loaded. Houlahan added four hits, while Osorio had three. Overall, the Vikings combined for 20 hits.

The nightcap saw the Westchester bats slow down, but their five runs were more than enough for Triston Olmo (Ardsley, NY/Ardsley HS), who turned in yet another gem. The sophomore went the distance, allowing one run on five hits, and he struck out five. Most impressively, Olmo retired 15 of the final 18 batters he faced.

Westchester actually trailed for a short time as the Falcons took a 1-0 lead in the second inning, but a five-run rally during the top of the third gave WCC all the offense they would need. With the bases loaded, Giordano reached on an error, scoring Jose Delacruz (New York, NY/George Washington HS) to tie the game. Paul Franzese (Somers, NY/Somers HS) followed with a bases-clearing triple to make it 4-1. An error on the next play scored Franzese for the 5-1 lead, which was more than enough for Olmo.

Games This Week:

  • April 23: Golf at Mid-Hudson Conference Tournament, Wiltwyck, 1pm
  • April 26: Golf at Mid-Hudson Conference Tournament, Hickory Hill, 1pm
  • April 26 & 27: Baseball vs Sullivan, 3:30pm
  • April 28: Baseball at Sullivan (DH), 7:00pm
  • April 29: Track at Coach Omeltchenko Invitational

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