The Sag Harbor 11-12 Boys Allstars play in District 36. When play began two weeks ago, there were 16 teams. Now there are four and Sag Harbor is one of them.
On Wednesday night the boys traveled to Riverhead to play Shoreham Wading River a team they lost to only a week ago.
“It was do or die,” said head coach Sandi Kruel.
The boys did not die. Instead they won, 4-3, and now they get to keep playing.
“Everyone played great. It was a solid team effort,” said Kruel. “They were amazing. They know there’s no ‘I’ in team.”
Kruel said once they arrived in Riverhead she gathered the team together and asked them who wanted it more.
“They were screaming ‘We do! We do!’” Kruel said.
Apparently they meant it. They got on the scoreboard early in the first inning when Forrest Loesch got on base with a single. He then stole second and third. Aaron Schivoni stepped up and belted an RBI-single to score his teammate.
“That first run was big,” said Kruel. “From there we fed off that energy for the whole game.”
In the third inning Loesch again got things started this time with a lead off home run. After Nick Kruel grounded out, Schiavoni stepped up to the plate and followed Loesch’s lead. Schiavoni hit another homerun to put Sag Harbor up 3-0.
In the fifth Jack Fitzpatrick led off with a bunt. Schiavoni again came through with an RBI-single. Shoreham managed to score 3 runs before the end of game but it wasn’t enough, as Sag Harbor held on to win and guaranteed them at least one more game.
“They’re playing like they want to win,” said the coach.
Loesch threw 80 pitches in five scoreless innings. Schiavoni came on in the sixth to get the save.
They wouldn’t have had the chance to play Wednesday had they not beat Eastport-South Manor on Monday at Bridgehampton. Sag Harbor won that game 5-2 on a great defensive effort.
“The defense was solid in that game,” said Kruel. “I couldn’t ask for anything better. They made the plays when they needed to.”
On Monday Jack Fitzpatrick pitched a complete game, threw 80 pitches, gave up five hits and struck out four with no walks.
Photo: The Sag Harbor 11-12 Boys Allstars celebrate their win over Eastport – South Manor last Monday. (J. Bayles)