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Lou Micelli rips a double against Scarsdale. New Rochelle beat the Raiders 9-8 in extra innings.

Lou Micelli rips a double against Scarsdale. New Rochelle beat the Raiders 9-8 in extra innings.

By MIKE SMITH
On May 3, New Rochelle protected its perfect league record with an extra-inning win over visiting Scarsdale.

With the win, the Huguenots improve to 10-2 on the season, 4-0 in the league. With the playoffs looming, the Huguenots appear to be a threat, not only to win a league title, but to make some noise in the postseason as well.

Louis Micelli led the way for New Rochelle on Saturday, starting on the mound, but also excelling at the plate. Micelli went 3-for-3 and was intentionally walked twice in the Huguenots’ win. One of 10 returning players, Micelli has been a big part of New Rochelle’s success this year, but head coach Pete Annunziata said there is plenty of credit to go around.

Lou Micelli throws a pitch against Scarsdale on May 3. Micelli and the Huguenots are undefeated in league play this year.

Lou Micelli throws a pitch against Scarsdale on May 3. Micelli and the Huguenots are undefeated in league play this year.

Annunziata had high praise for senior Danny Zambach, who closed out the game against Scarsdale, as well as Josiah Grey, who has fared well as New Rochelle’s number two starter in his first varsity
season.

“Josiah has been the biggest surprise for us,” Annunziata said. “He’s played a great shortstop for us and done a good job on the mound as well.”

Annunziata said this Huguenot group has distinguished itself so far not only by its stellar play on the field, but by its dedication to the game–and each other.

“The pitching has been good, but the big thing has been the way we’ve played together as a team,” the head coach said. “That doesn’t always happen in high school baseball; sometimes guys care more about what they’re hitting. But these guys really seem to care for each other.”

Scarsdale scores a run during a play at the plate. Photos/Bobby Begun

Scarsdale scores a run during a play at the plate. Photos/Bobby Begun

With just four league games left on the schedule, the Huguenots will square-off against rival Mamaroneck next week in two games that will likely decide who will walk away as league champs this season. But Annunziata is quick to point out his team has played in tight ball games all year long and shouldn’t shrink from the challenge presented by the Tigers–or any other team, for that matter.

“Playing in close games is a big help come this time of year,” he said. “We played two close ones with White Plains, had the close one with Scarsdale; it just gets kids used to playing in those pressure situations.”

As the Huguenots look to close out the season on a high note, Annunziata said there is still room for improvement. If the Huguenots continue to get better, they could be a force in the postseason.

“We’re talking about a high school baseball team here, they can always improve on the fundamentals,” Annunziata said. “If they can make sure they do everything, every minor detail right, that’s how they can get better.”

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The Huguenots come together after beating Scarsdale in extra innings on May 3. According to head coach Pete Annunziata, the squad has functioned well as a unit all year.

The Huguenots come together after beating Scarsdale in extra innings on May 3. According to head coach Pete Annunziata, the squad has functioned well as a unit all year.

 

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Mike Smith has been with Hometown Media Group since 2007, serving as the company’s Sports Editor. Mike has been commended for his work by the New York Press Association, winning awards in 2008 for “Best Sports Feature” and again in 2009 as part of a team that put together “The Game,” a breakdown of the Harrison-Rye football rivalry, which won for “Best Special Section.” His weekly column, “Live Mike,” offers his unique insights into a broad range of topics in the sports world. He resides in Eastchester, N.Y. and spends most of his free time serving as the player-manager for a competitive men’s baseball team in New York City. Reach Mike at 914-653-1000 x22 or sports@hometwn.com; follow him on Twitter @LiveMike_Sports.