June 19, 2024

The Hills West Varisty Baseball team continued their hot start to the season this week, as they won both of their non-league match ups, the only two they have all year. This moves their record to 7-1 for the year, the lone blemish coming against Newfield last week.

The first of the two non-league games saw the Colts facing Kings Park, a team that contends in the playoffs every year. Both teams struggled to get runs across early in the game, but by the seventh inning both teams had accrued two runs. In the top of the seventh, the away Colts strung together a few hit by pitches and a few hits, with senior Matt Feinstein singling home the go-ahead run. In the bottom half of the inning, though, Kings Park seemed poised to tie or win with a runner on third after a controversial obstruction call. The umpires conferred, though, and after some time they reversed the call and declared the runner out, winning the game for the Colts.

The next day, the Colts faced Bayport-Blue Point, a team in the lower division of Long Island high school baseball. Every year, though, they either win the county or come in second, and many feel that they could contend in the Colts’ AA division. The Colts silenced these talks quickly, as an incredibly display of team hitting led to ten runs for the Colts, and senior Jon Faraci dominated on the mound. Bayport tacked on three runs in the last inning, but the Colts won, 10-4.

The 7-1 Colts play three games against league opponent North Babylon next week.