Byram Hills won two absolute nail-biters on Saturday, but when the dust had settled, the Bobcats were the only team left standing in New York State in Class A. Once an afterthought in the baseball community, Byram is now king of the hill. It’s been a remarkable turnaround, indeed.
The Bobcats survived in the semifinals with a 4-3 win in 10 innings over Section 8 champ Division, with Jacob Stuckelman delivering a walk-off hit after Frankie Vesuvio took a no-hitter into the sixth inning. But believe it or not, the final may have been an even crazier game.
After getting the final five outs in Byram’s win over Division, Matt Gertz came back and started in the final against Section 2’s Queensbury. He pitched six strong innings before things got hairy in the seventh. With the bases-loaded and John DiMarco protecting a 3-2 lead in relief, a Queensbury batter was hit by a pitch. Queensbury thought it had tied the game, but the umpire ruled that the batter made no attempt to get out of the way of the pitch. The count went full before a long fly ball was hit to center field, with Vesuvio making a diving catch to clinch the title. You can watch video of Vesuvio’s catch above.