Varsity Baseball Earns Thrilling Come From Behind Win

Freshman Jared Restmeyer pitched a great game.
Freshman Jared Restmeyer pitched a great game.
Jeremy Dalimonte drove in the first run in the bottom of the 7th inning.
Jeremy Dalimonte drove in the first run in the bottom of the 7th inning.
Whitman senior Julian Kleberg came in for relief keeping his team in the game and giving the bats a chance to break through.
Whitman senior Julian Kleberg came in for relief keeping his team in the game and giving the bats a chance to break through.
Joe DiPiero (4) playing third base is about to catch the Copiague runner trying to steal.
Joe DiPiero (4) playing third base is about to catch the Copiague runner trying to steal.
After a slow start to spring, the boys of summer are finally back.
After a slow start to spring, the boys of summer are finally back.

It was the rubber match of a 3-game series against evenly matched teams. Senior captain Sean McEntee opened the scoring after Copiague walked Whitman’s #9 hitter allowing McEntee, one of the Wildcats strongest hitters, to smack a 2-RBI single.  Freshman pitcher Jared Restmeyer was solid on the mound and Copiague resorted to bunting to get some base runners into scoring position to tie-up the game 2-2. A controversial play at home allowed Copiague the go-ahead run. Senior Julian Kleberg came in for relief and was solid allowing only 1 run keeping it close for the Wildcat hitters.

The team trailed 4-2 going into the bottom of the 7th and Joe DiPiero came to the plate. “Joe’s been great this year, hitting close to a 400 batting average on the season,” said Head Coach Steve Greco. Copiague walked DiPiero, setting up the Wildcats #1 hitter in Josh Shapiro who promptly moved DiPiero to third base on a well placed single.

Jeremy Dalimonte, a Whitman junior, drove in Joe DiPiero for the 1st run of the inning and then, Ryan McAllister had a pinch-hit, walk-off two RBI double to give the Wildcats the win. “I know Ryan hasn’t played a lot but I know he has a good bat and I have confidence in him,” said Coach Greco. “I brought him in and he hit a nice little double in the gap to give us the win. I had the feeling we weren’t done, we had been leaving guys on base, so it was just a matter of time when we broke through.”  Julian Kleberg and Jared Restmeyer combined for 9 strikeouts in the 5-4 win.

Congratulations to the whole team on a great win!

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