Coming off a solid first week of the Spring 2009 baseball season, the Jericho Express baseball team played the Massapequa Blue Thunder this past weekend in a doubleheader at Jericho High School.
In game one, starting pitcher Kyle Becker was shutting down Massapequa, as he received offensive support from Danny Carlone, Justin D'Alleva, Ryan Condon, Jared Einhorn and Joe Velotti. Jericho scored early and often getting out to a large lead before Becker reached his pitch count limit. Coach Vinnie Mannese then brought in relief pitcher Evan Kaminer to close the door on Massapequa and secure the win for Jericho with a 13-2 win.
In game two, much like in week one, Jericho started off slowly behind starting pitcher Danny Carlone. Jericho and Massapequa exchanged the lead a few times in the first few innings. Express catcher Jake Gantman, catching his first game after an injury, successfully gunned down a runner trying to steal second base. Also contributing to the defense was second baseman Max Strauss, and the outfield of Max Drew, Jared Weiss and Doug Shunk. After Carlone reached his pitch count for the day, relief pitcher Matt Solomon came in to hold Massapequa down. In the 6th inning Massapequa was threatening to blow the game open with runners on base, when Coach Mannese once again successfully brought his infield in, and shortstop Matt Rothman fielded a ground ball and threw home to catcher Jake Gantman who applied the tag stopping a Massapequa rally.
Jericho went into the seventh inning down 9-8, and successfully got men on base, but great defense by Massapequa in the last inning prevented the Express from a comeback in this game.
After two weeks, the Express are 2-1-1 as they get ready to play the Long Island Astros on Sunday, April 26 at the Jackson school at 10 a.m.