CLICK HERE to read my story on the 2015 Mamaroneck squad stepping out of the shadow of the 2008-09 state championship teams and creating its own legacy. The Tigers have put their recent playoff woes behind them to win sectional and regional titles, and will take aim at the school’s third state championship on Saturday.
Here is a scouting report on what Mamaroneck can expect this weekend in Binghamton as it competes for a New York State championship…
Class AA state semifinal
Mamaroneck (22-4) vs. Section 11’s Connetquot (24-4)
When: Saturday at 10 a.m.
Where: Union-Endicott HS
Players to watch: Mk — Andy Gross, Sr., LF; Andy Karlan, Sr., C; Kumar Nambiar, Sr., LHP/OF; Anthony Pecora, Sr., SS; Andrew Sommer, Sr., 1B/RHP. Con — Travis Bruinsma, Sr., RHP; Brandon Morse, Sr., OF; Marc Wangenstein, Jr., OF.
Outlook: It’s been a tough month for Connetquot, with pitcher John Hengge’s father unexpectedly passing away while the Thunderbirds were in the midst of the Suffolk County Championship series. They rallied from that point forward, winning a Long Island title while riding the right arm of Travis Bruinsma. He set a school-record with 13 wins this season, often throwing on short rest. Mamaroneck has rolled the dice by holding ace Kumar Nambiar a couple of times in these playoffs, but against the No. 1 team in the state, it’s a good bet Nambiar takes the ball in the semis, setting up a stellar pitching matchup.
Coach speak: “I’ll look at the matchup and see if there’s more lefties, or which is a little bit of a better team. Does one have a stronger pitcher? Will we be in a game where we have to deal with him? So, we have a lot to look at. I’ve either gotten lucky or made the right choices so far. … We’ll make a decision by this weekend, but both guys (Nambiar and Bill Flatow) know they’re going to pitch one of those games.” — Mamaroneck coach Mike Chiapparelli on how he’ll line up his starting pitchers for the weekend
Up next: The winner will play the Saratoga Springs (Section 2) vs. Orchard Park (Section 6) winner in the state championship game at 4 p.m. on Saturday at Union-Endicott High.
Photo by Frank Becerra Jr./The Journal News