Messerschmitt, Marienberg Lead Vikings to DH Sweep of Holyoke
Westchester Baseball finally had a chance to resume on Sunday after the weather wreaked havoc with the early March schedule. On a cold and crisp afternoon the team welcomed Holyoke CC for a two-game set in which they prevailed 12-3 and 10-0.
In game 1 Nicholas Antenucci (Stepinac HS/Yonkers, NY) toed the rubber for the Vikings and was greeted rudely as Holyoke jumped out to an early one run lead in the top ot the 1st. In the 2nd, Antenucci set down the Cougars in order and WCC responded in the bottom of the inning, scoring six runs in the frame.
Steve Messerschmitt (Carmel HS/Carmel, NY) got the Vikings on the board when he scored on a wild pitch. Sergio Osorio (Valhalla HS/N. White Plains, NY) then gave Westchester the lead when he knocked a single to left, plating Chris Cipriano (Dobbs Ferry HS/Irvington, NY) who reached on an error. The Westchester offense kept the pressure on scoring six more runs in the 4th to go up 12-2.
Antennuci would settle in to get the win pitching 4 innings giving up just one earned run with four strikeouts. James Houlahan (Lakeland HS/Yorktown Heights, NY) went 3 for 4 with two doubles as did Messerschmitt who knocked in two for the game. Osorio went 2 for 3, also with two RBIs.
Game two featured outstanding pitching from start to finish as Max Marienberg was called on to start. After three innings he kept the Holyoke bats silent until the Vikings could get on the board in the bottom of the frame. Scott Giordano (Croton Harmon HS/Croton, NY) led off with a double and took 3rd on an errant throw back to the infield. Houlahan made sure to knock in the run with a groundout to start the scoring.
WCC led 2-0 in the bottom of the 4th when Osorio stepped to the plate and laced a shot to right center field for his 1st home run of the season. Osorio’s blast sparked a 7-run inning which was book-ended by a bases clearing double off the bat of Messerschmit for three more RBI.
Messerschmitt finished his day 4 for 7 with 5 RBIs as Osorio combined to go 4 for 6 with 4 RBI of his own. In game two Bobby Wooten was 1 for 2 and knocked in two runs. Marienberg dominated the Cougers over his five innings of shut out baseball, striking out seven as compared to two walks.
The Vikings’ record now sits at 5-2.