After a mediocre 4-4 start to the season that included consecutive wins over league rival Keio Academy, the Blind Brook boys’ varsity baseball team has rebounded and now sits at 8-6. They garnered a win when Lourdes didn’t show up and never told the umpire company they weren’t coming, resulting in a forfeit. The boys then split games with Edgemont in back-to-back days before going 1-1 in the annual Port Chester Anthony Foust Tournament, losing to Rye and destroying East Ramapo. A league victory over Bronxville capped things off for the Trojans, who moved to 8-6 overall with just six regular season games remaining.
Home loss to Edgemont
A week after taking the forfeit win over Lourdes, on Wednesday, Apr. 24, the squad played host to league opponent Edgemont. The game took place over school break, when many players were away on vacation, leaving the team depleted of its veteran senior leaders and key members. Nonetheless, they battled as best they could and nearly walked away with a victory. Senior Chris Hauryluck got the nod and threw a gem. He pitched a complete game with zero earned runs and seven strikeouts, but it was the defense behind him that let him down. The Trojans went up 1-0 early but found themselves down 2-1 in the fourth inning. They tied the game up in the fifth, only to give the visitors another run in the seventh. The game would finish 3-2 in favor of the Panthers after Blind Brook stranded men on first and second with two outs in the bottom of the seventh. They were defeated when a play at the plate capped off the ball game. Freshman Troy Repaci registered his first varsity hit.
Road win over Edgemont
The next day, Thursday, Apr. 25, saw the boys take on a familiar opponent, this time on the road. Still shorthanded, the group was able to rally around another great pitching performance, this time from senior Michael Borrelli. The righty went six innings deep, allowing just two earned runs on seven strikeouts on his way to the win. Henry Aronwald came in and was able to record the save, striking out the side in the top of the seventh. The game finished 7-6, an important bounce-back win for the team. Repaci and Matt Giuliano led the way with two RBI’s, followed by Hauryluck, Noah Swartz, and Bradley Rosen who all had one apiece. Nate Tillison got his first varsity hit as the Trojans moved to 6-5 overall and 3-1 in league play.
Mercy fest in Port Chester tournament
That weekend, Blind Brook took part in the annual Port Chester Anthony Foust Tournament on Saturday, Apr. 27. Their first game was against an impressive Rye team and didn’t go so well. The boys were mercied as the game finished 13-1. Seniors Giuliano, Anthony Marks, and Jason Frankel pitched. Despite the slow start, the boys recovered in style against an inferior East Ramapo team in the second game of the tournament. They put up a whopping 23 runs while allowing none in what looked more like a football game than baseball. Senior Chris Bucci threw a complete game shutout, giving up just two hits in a shortened five-inning contest due to the mercy rule. Fellow senior catcher Andrew Winton had a day, going 5-6 with two doubles, three singles, five runs, and six RBI’s.
Away victory @Bronxville
Originally scheduled for later in the week, a matchup with league opponent Bronxville was moved to Monday, Apr. 29 due to expected inclement weather. The Trojans traveled to Bronxville looking to put their stamp on the league and solidify a strong position in the standings heading into the final stretch of games. They took advantage of every opportunity from the get-go, working good at-bats and getting runners onto the base paths. They opened with a 6-0 lead before giving up three in the third inning. They conceded one more in the fifth but responded with seven unanswered runs to polish the game. With eight players driving in runs, there was no stopping the Blind Brook offense, who rolled their way to a 13-4 statement win. Marks had four RBI’s, followed by Giuliano with three, and Hauryluck, Swartz, Frankel, Aronwald, Rosen, and Bucci each with one. Hauryluck got the win on the mound, throwing four and a third innings with two strikeouts. Aronwald finished the game, going two and a third and again getting the save.
“We got everyone back for the rest of the year,” Winton said. “All the previous injuries and absences are over, so we really feel we are in a good place to get big wins for the rest of the season. We feel really good about the opportunity we have to win the league and feel we are in a good spot to be successful come sectionals. We love the work our pitchers have been doing all year. They have been great, and it seems that our lineup has started to gel. We have certainly been hitting the ball better, which creates a very optimistic feeling within the team.”
Optimism will be key for the Trojans, who now control their own destiny within the league. If they win out, which they have the chance to do, they will be crowned league champions. The group took on Bronxville again after press time on Thursday, May 2 at home. They will host Croton-Harmon on Monday, May 6 at 4:30 p.m. before battling Putnam Valley on Wednesday, May 8 at the same time. On Saturday, May 11, they will visit North Salem at 10 a.m. before hosting Rye Neck in a league tilt on Tuesday, May 14 at 4:45 p.m.