GREENPORT -- The Hudson River Collegiate Baseball League had plenty of baseball at Greenport Town Park on Sunday. The fans were treated to very competitive games.
The opening game featured the top two teams going head to head, the first-place Rattlers and the second-place Storm. When the dust settled the Storm won the game, 5-3.
The Rattlers started Kyle Powell From Elms College. Powell Pitched six innings, getting five Storm to strikeout and granting three walks while allowing seven hits on three earned runs. Coach Braim entered Kyle Welch from Bryant & Stratton College of Albany. Welch pitched two innings and had three strikeouts with two walks, one hit allowing two runs of which one was earned.
The Storm started their hard throwing lefty from the University of Pennsylvania Owen Coady. Coady pitched five innings, getting seven strikeouts with five walks, but allowed nine hits and three earned runs. Coach DuPont called the bullpen twice getting Danny and Jimmy Miller and the former Saugerties Sawyers did the job.
Danny has committed to Columbia-Greene Community College and older brother plays for MCLA. Danny pitched two innings, striking out two, walking one and allowing two hits. He did not give up a run. Jimmy came in to close the game, pitching one inning and getting one strikeout, but did not allow a walk, a hit or a run.
The Rattlers offensive motor was running on all cylinders as the team had eleven hits. Colby Nash From Union College had a great day at the plate going 3 for 3 with three singles. Rama Culver from Ichabod Crane went 2 for 4 with two singles, Ryan Abel From Stonehill College was 2 for 4 with a single, a double and one RBI, Matt Triola from SUNY Plattsburgh and Tanner Dunkel From Wells College went 1 for 3 with a single, Jake Deziel From Fisher College in Boston went 1 for 3 with a single and a walk and Matt Dagostino from HVCC went 1 for 4 with a single.
The Storm had eight hits. Nyack College's Chris Colotti led the way, going 2 for 3 with two singles and a walk, Kurt Forsell from St John Fisher and Christian Baaki from Vassar College went 1 for 4 with a single, Matt Gaebel from C-GCC went 1 for 3 with a single, Matt Ferriero from Fairfield University went 1-2 with a double, Joe Dwy from nationally-ranked SUNY Cortland went 1 for 3 with a single and a walk, Noah Valvo from SUNY Polytechnic went 1 for 3 with a single and a walk.
The second game had the Storm edging the Knights, 5-4.
Coach Johnson started Brandon Preusser on the bump, hoping he could shutdown the surging Storm.
Preusser pitched 5 1/3 innings, getting two strikeouts with only one walk. He allowed six hits and five runs, three earned.
Coach Johnson brought in the Hudson High graduate Vinny Drahushuk. Drahushuk pitched 2/3 of an inning allowing one hit.
Storm Manager Ed DuPont sent Taylor Price to the mound. Price pitches for Misericordia College and threw the game of the day, going all seven innings. The right hander got eight Knights to strikeout while allowing four walks four runs, but only two earned.
Knights batters had six hits and were led by SUNY Oswego’s Christian McCarthy, who went 2 for 3 with a single, a double and two RBI. Tyler Drahushuk from C-GCC went 2 for 3 with two singles and an RBI. Drahushuk also played excellent defense in centerfield showing off his glove while making diving catches. Bentley University’s Tyler Hanrahan went 1 for 3 with a double and SUNY New Paltz’s Brien Hollowood went 1 for 3 with a single.
The Storm put together seven hits as a team. Christian Baaki, Joe Dwy, Chris Colotti, Matt Ferriero all went 1 for 3 with a single and one RBI. Matt Gaebel went 1 for 2 with a single, Lewi Clarke from Manhatten College went 1 for 2 with a single and an RBI and Kyle Caccamise, who will be attending South Carolina Charleston, went 1-1 with a single and a walk.
“I am really proud of this team, they stick together and play hard always," STorm manager Ed DuPont said. "They came from behind to win both games today because they never give up."
The nightcap game was the Bucks taking on the Knights with the Knights trying to gain ground as the Bucks hold onto third place while the Knights are in fourth.
The Knights defeated the Bucks, 6-5.
Coach Bestle of the Bucks started Rocco Teta from Mohawk Valley Community College. Teta went only two innings with four walks, four hits and 5 runs, all earned. Chris Polletta from Fairfield University entered in relief, pitching four innings with eight strikeouts, two walks, five hits and one earned run.
Coach Johnson sent C-GCC’s Sean Berry to the hill in this important matchup. Berry pitched all seven innings, giving up nine hits, with five runs with four earned while getting six Bucks to strikeout and allowing three walks.
At the plate, the Bucks were lead by Big Justin Germain from The University of Albany. Germain was 3 for 4 with three singles and an RBI. HVCC’s Chris Kordziel went 1 for 3 with a single and a walk, Matt Kordziel went 2 for 3 with two singles and a walk, Ethan Caiazza went 1 for 4 with a double and two RBI, Rocco Teta was 1 for 3 with a single, Anthony Zunno from Stevenson University was 1 for 3 with a single and was hit by a pitch.
The Knights offense produced nine hits. Tyler Drahushuk went 3 for 3 with two singles, a double, two RBI and was hit by a pitch. Connor Hall from Marist College and Austin Berry from C-GCC both went 1 for 3 with a single each, Brien Hollowood went 1 for 3 with a single and a walk, Christian McCarthy went 1 for 2 with a single, a walk and was hit by a pitch, Ben Sullivan was 1 for 2 with a single and a walk and Tyler Hanrahan was 1 for 3 with a double.
“Really proud of the way the guys fought all day," Knights' coach Johnson said. "We are starting to play fundamental baseball and it’s putting us in good positions to win games. Sean Berry did a great job of keeping us in the game and Tyler Drahushuk came in with a big hit when we needed it most.”