Westchester’s resident switch-pitcher Alex Adami (above) reminded us he’s always been pretty darn good righty by throwing a complete-game five-hitter against a strong Mount St. Michael team.
The Gaels remained unbeaten, winning 5-1 behind 7 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 8 Ks from Adami. The senior threw just 92 pitches, 61 of them for strikes. He allowed his only earned run in 16 2/3 IP this season on a ground out by Thomas Carona in the top of the second.
Though Adami’s performance is much of the story, we can’t forget the Iona offense, which is better than last year â€” even without the power of Chad Salem. Tied 1-1, the Gaels struck together a four-run rally with two outs on the strength of four straight hits by the top four hitters in its order: Adam Hernandez, Brian Nasti, L.J. Mazzilli (right) and Eric Helmrich. Nasti knocked in the go-ahead run, but Mazzilli followed with a heartbreaking (for Mount) two-run bloop single.
Mazzilli, Lee’s son and a transfer from Greenwich High School, is legit. As a junior he’s already slid into the three-hole in the lineup and is starting at SS. He finished the game 2-3 with three RBI, a run scored, a walk and a steal. Nasti was equally, well, nasty, going 2-4 with a run, an RBI and a double.
Mount won’t worry too much. Coach Wally Stampfel knew he was up against it, playing his fourth game in five days. Starter Steven Rivera made his first varsity start and fared well, but he was hurt in the second. His fielders kept throwing to the wrong base, making each at-bat harder and harder. Ted Robertson pitched well in relief, escaping a bases-loaded jam to end the fourth and pitching scoreless frames in the fifth and sixth.
In other news, Stepinac beat Fordham Prep 2-0 today at home behind a one-hitter from Eric Cuadrado. I talked to coach Pat Duffy, who told me Cuadrado needed just 81 pitches to close the game out in under two hours.
Anthony Muccio and Noel Torres had the RBI for the Crusaders, who scored both runs in the first. Muccio had an RBI groundout and Torres had a run-scoring single. Alex Maruri scored one of the runs and finished 2 for 3.
The wins set up another marquee game next Friday: Stepinac vs. Iona, Cuadrado vs. Adami.