Giants beat Mets 8-2
By Max Watman
Just after Monday’s (May 11) quick sprinkle of rain knocked the worst out of the day’s unseasonable heat, two Philipstown Little League minors’ teams, the Giants and Mets, took to the North Highland Fire Department diamond to face each other for the second time this season. The Mets, led by Coach Hunter Lee Erickson, came into the game undefeated, having scored an impressive 57 runs over the course of their six games, while limiting their opponents to only 14. This meeting would prove the end of their impressive run.
The Giants, managed by Mike Meeropol, came out fighting with Thomas Tucker hitting a double to the centerfield fence. A walk put two men on base, and Tucker stole third to put himself into scoring position. Roy Smith smacked a hit into centerfield to drive in the first two runs of the game.
The Mets wouldn’t go down without a fight. In the third inning, Hunter Erickson knocked a fly ball deep into center field, only to find the waiting glove of West Watman. In one of the most exciting plays seen on the Little League field this year, Milo Shuk raced all the way around the bases after a series of overthrows, and upon arriving home, Julian Ambrose, who retrieved an overthrow from behind third base, threw the ball to Roy Smith, who made the tag for the out.
Momentum was on the side of the Giants, and by the bottom of the sixth they were leading the Mets by a score of 8-2. Ambrose came back to the mound as the Giants closer and, after trying his changeup, threw mostly heat to hold the Mets, striking out the final three batters to seal the victory.
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