By MIKE SMITH
Mamaroneck might not have gotten the bats going on April 29, but the team did come through when it counted.
Taking on league foe Scarsdale, the Tigers were able to pull out an extra-inning, walk-off win to beat the Raiders 2-1 on Tuesday afternoon.
With runners on second and third and one out in the bottom eighth inning, Gabe Makarem scored Anthony Pecora on a grounder to short, giving the Tigers a hard-fought win in the rain.
For Mamaroneck, coming off a walk-off loss to the Raiders, the win was not only a chance for redemption, it also kept the Tigers in the hunt for a league title.
“Last time, we were up two and they came out and scored three to walk off against us,” said head coach Mike Chiapparelli. “It was definitely nice to return the favor.”
Tom Muratore got the start for Mamaroneck and pitched well against a Scarsdale lineup that has no shortage of power. Kumar Nambiar picked up the win in relief.
But Mamaroneck’s bats never seemed to wake up until the last inning, said Chiapparelli.
“We were just trying to hit homeruns today, but we did a much better…job in the last inning,” he said. “You can’t take anything away from Scarsdale, they definitely played hard.”
The win was an especially important one for the Tigers considering the league landscape. At 6-9 on the year, the Tigers have just one league loss, but New Rochelle is leading the way with a 4-0 in-league record. Avoiding a second loss against Scarsdale keeps the Tigers in the hunt for a league title.
The Huguenots and Tigers won’t meet until the second week in May, but Chiapparelli and his team know New Rochelle won’t be a pushover. The Huguenots are coming off a 12-3 drubbing of Edgemont and both teams have beaten a game White Plains squad.
“They’ve got two good starting pitchers, a deep lineup and they’re undefeated [in the league] right now,” Chiapparelli said. “But we have to play Mount Vernon twice before we can start to think about that.”
Mamaroneck will play the Knights on back-to-back days starting May 1, and will tangle with a solid Clarkstown team on May 6. The Tigers host the Huguenots on May 9 before traveling to New Ro’s home field on May 13.
If the Tigers hope to vie for a league title, Chiapparelli said, they’re going to need to improve offensively.
“We have to do a better job at the plate,” he said. “We’re going to have to put the work in.”