Mamaroneck hadn’t lost a game in New York State until today’s 14-4 defeat to Fox Lane. But one loss is all it takes in the playoffs. It’s a lesson that was learned by Mamo’s 2007 squad, which didn’t lose a NY State game until Carmel upset it in the playoffs.
Unlike in 2007, this loss was no upset. Fox Lane can hit anybody. If you hold them to nine runs you can throw a parade. That’s a small victory.
“I like to think we’ve been on a roll all season,” said senior Jake McGrath. “We just had a couple off days here and there. But I think our hitting approach is great right now. We’ve just got to keep going with the bats.”
Their weakness is the lack of a reliable, go-to pitcher. Which could still burn them against Ketcham in the final. But today, Chad Stroud did a commendable job in tossing seven innings. Mamo isn’t what it once was when it comes to destroying pitchers, but it’s still dangerous. Stroud handled the Tigers well.
“And after a shaky third, he just went right back to pounding the strike zone and that’s the key,” coach Matt Hillis said. “Chad’s a plus-fastball kid with a really nice working splitter today, so that’s real nice to see.”
You can read the full game story from Rick Carpiniello in tommorow’s paper.
The Class AA final is Thursday at 4:30 at Dutchess Stadium in Fishkill. It’s a rematch of last year’s quarterfinal, in which the Foxes upset top-seeded Ketcham.