NEW PALTZ — The New Paltz Hawks nearly pulled off a sweep of Old Westbury Saturday as they took game one and rallied to send game two to extra innings before losing by three runs. The split gives the Hawks a 14-23-1 record on the year.
In game one, John Buonamano (Royersford, PA) dominated the Old Westbury batters all game giving up just six hits and striking out nine in a 6-1 complete-game victory. At the plate, the Hawks got on the board in the 3rd on Jeff Lackaye’s (Woodstock, NY) RBI-single. In the 4th, Tom Bigler (Brewster, NY) got things started with a solo blast to centerfield and Randy Walters (Collierville, TN) singled in two runs for a 4-0 lead. New Paltz got two more in the 5th on Vinnie Perry’s (Kingston, NY) RBI-double and Paul Schropfer’s (Glen Oaks, NY) RBI-single making the score 6- 0. Old Westbury managed one run in the 6th but could get no more off Buonamano. Schropfer ended up 3-for-3 in the game while Bigler and Walters each had two hits.
In game two, it was Old Westbury who got things started as they got five runs in the 3rd and one in the 4th to take a 6-1 lead. The Hawks got on the board in the 3rd on Joe Papasidero’s (Goshen, NY) solo homerun to leftfield and tacked on another in the 5th on Tom Bigler’s sacrifice fly that scored Paul Schropfer. In the bottom of the 6th, New Paltz drew even scoring four runs. Schropfer singled in the first run of the inning, while Joe Papasidero was hit by a pitch for the Hawks’ second run. Jimmy Fisher (Bloomsbury, NJ) then knotted the score with a two-run single that scored Schropfer and Kevin Smith (Niskayuna, NY). In the Old Westbury 9th, a three-run homer gave the visitors a 9-6 lead that could not be overcome. Fisher took the loss going three innings giving up two runs on one hit.
New Paltz will take the field again Thursday May 2nd as they take on Mount Saint Mary at 3:30pm.