The Hills West Varsity Baseball team faced off against league rival North Babylon this past week in a three game series. The Colts had defeated the Bulldogs last year in the opening round of the playoffs, and close games were expected.
Sophomore Bradley Camarda took the mound for the Colts in game one of the series, at home. His pitches had good movement and his control was impeccable. He retired the batters that came up to face him inning after inning. The Colts’ offense was not as dominant, however. Through seven innings, the Colts had mustered just three hits and had not threatened at all. After seven innings, the game remained tied at 0-0, so it went to extra innings. In the too half of the eighth inning, North Babylon managed to string together a few hits and push one run across. The Colts had one last chance to score, but failed to do so, and they lost 1-0 in eight innings.
The second game saw senior Jon Faraci pitching for Hills West. With the whole team eager for a win, Faraci came out dealing and pitched beautifully for three innings before the game was called off due to rain with the Colts leading, 9-1. When the game was finished te next day, the offensive exhibition continued, and the final score was 15-1 in favor of the Colts.
The third game was the important rubber match of the series. Senior Mike Marino was on the hill. The Colts jumped out to a 4-0 lead, but the Bulldogs scored three in the third inning to get right back into it. Coach Migliozzi was ejected from the games few innings later after the umpires made an egregious call, calling senior Josh Wende out at first, and Migliozzi went out to argue. Marino had been called out on a questionable strike three the batter before. The Colts stayed in front without him, however, and never let North Babylon take the lead. The final score was Hills West 10, North Babylon 4. The Colts play three games against Riverhead next week, as the playoffs near.