GREENPORT — Matt Ferriero went 4 for 5 with three RBI to highlight a 14-hit attack as the Storm defeated the Rattlers, 15-11, to win the 2019 Hudson River Collegiate Baseball League championship on Sunday at Greenport Town Park.
The regular-season champion Storm received a strong challenge from the Rattlers, who quickly gained the upper hand in the best of three series with a 13-3 victory in game one. The Storm fought back to take the second game, 7-6, then put it all together in game three to take the title.
“It was a real team effort and all of the players contributed to winning the Championship this season,” Storm manager Ed DuPont said. “Owen Coady gave us a great start and got us back on track in game two after we lost game one. Brandon Bonesteel, Matt Ferriero, Chris Colotti, Joe Dwy, Christian Baaki and Kurt Forsell were relentless at the plate for us all year long.”
DuPont was pleased with the job his pitching staff turned in all season.
“Derrek DuPont was on the mound in both elimination games the first against the Bucks in the first round of the playoffs and again Sunday in the last game of the Championship series, the elder DuPont said. “Derrek gave us quality starts in both games and we won both. He has proven to be a big game pitcher.
“Noah Ernst came back from an injury early in the season to really bolster our bullpen and Adam Hall was superman all year long coming out of the bullpen to close out games and shut down teams game after game. This is a great bunch of guys on this team, they play together and they never quit. Gary Lynk is the best assistant coach in our league and we could not have won without him. I’m already looking forward to the 2020 season.”
Ferriero drilled three doubles and a singel and drove in three runs to lead the storm to victory in the third and deciding game. Brandon Bonesteel had a double, two singles and two RBI, Joe Dwy a double and single with an RBI, Chris Colotti two singles and three RBI, Kurt Forsell a single and an RBI and Noah Ernst and Jarid Lucier a single each.
Matt Dagostino blasted a solo home run and singled for the Rattlers. Nick Santoro contributed a double and single with two RBI and Tanner Dunkle, Ryan Abel, Zac Cronk, Kyle Powell and Colby Nash all singled.
Derrek DuPont pitched the first 5 2/3 innings for the Storm, walking one and allowing six runs (two earned) and seven hits. Noah Valvo (1bb,4r,2h) and Connor Christensen (3bb,1r) and Noah Ernst (1k,3bb) finished up.
Carter Sorenson started for the Rattlers and pitched two innings, allowing six runs (five earned) and eight hits with one strikeout and two walks. Kyle Welch worked the last six innings, striking out five, walking two and surrendering nine runs (eight earned) and six hits.
In Saturday’s opener, Ichabod Crane senior-to-be Rama Culver ripped a double and two singles with two RBI to power the Rattlers to victory.
Kyle Powell added a double and single with three RBI to the Rattlers’ attack. Kyle Welch had a double and single with two RBI, Abel two singles and an RBI, Jacob Deziel a double and single and Cronk a single.
Noah Ernst doubled for the Storm. Dwy chipped in with two singles, Ferriero had a single and an RBI and Colotti singled.
Matt Triola pitched eight solid innings for the Rattlers, striking out eight, walking three and allowing one run and five hits. Mike Reith pitched the ninth, striking out one, walking two and allowing two runs.
Christensen took the loss, allowing nine runs (seven earned) and five hits with six strikeouts and four walks in three innings. Aidan Jackson pitched the final six frames, striking out five, walking two and giving up four runs (two earned) and seven hits.
Bonesteel’s double, two singles a RBI helped the Storm even the series at a game apiece in game two. Jeremiah Ernst and Valvo doubled, Ferriero had a single and an RBI and Forsell, Dwy and Christian Baaki all singled.
Nash cracked a double and single and drove in two runs for the Rattlers. Santoro added a double and single with an RBI, Abel doubled and Deziel and Dagostino both singled.
Owen Coady struck out nine, walked six and allowed five runs (four earned) and three hits in seven innings for the Storm. Noah Ernst (2k,4bb,4r,7h) and Adam Hall (1k,1h) both pitched one inning.
Powell struck out two, walked four and surrendered four runs (two earned) and seven hits in six innings for the Rattlers. Nick Gambardella threw the final three innings, striking out one, walking one and giving up three runs and two hits.
“The Rattlers have played great the entire season,” DuPont said. “The team is loaded with talent and they are well coached by Coach Joe Braim. Congratulations to the Rattlers players and coaches on a fantastic season.
“This was a hard fought Championship series between two excellent teams. After losing the first game of the series my team really stepped it up. I am really proud of the way the players competed all season.”
The 2019 HRCBL champion Storm roster: Manager/Coach Ed DuPont, assistant coach Gary Lynk, Christian Baaki, Derrek DuPont, Joe Dwy, Jermiah Ernst, Matt Gaebel, Noah Ernst, Aidan Jackson, Jarid Lucier, Collin Lynk, Jake Vierno, Connor Christensen, Adam Hall, Jimmy Miller, Seth Sypniak, Noah Valvo, Lewi Clarke, Kurt Forsell, Taylor Price, Matt Ferriero, David VanBeusekom, Chris Colotti, Owen Coady, Danny Miller, Brandon Bonesteel, Kyle Caccamise.