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.
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
“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.”
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.”