By John Grimaldi
The Whitman Wildcats defeated the Riverhead Blue Waves this past Saturday, 6-4.
Zeke Clase and James Mayer combined to drive in five of the Wildcats’ six runs, with Clase going 2-for-2 with three RBI, and Mayer going 2-for-4 with two RBI.
Mayer was also on the mound for Whitman; he stuck out five, walked one and allowed two earned runs and five hits in the complete game victory.
“Mayer and Zeke both had amazing games,” said Keith Barrett, Whitman’s head coach. “We needed that win after the loss.”
On Friday, the Wildcats dropped the rubber game of a three-game series with Bay Shore, 5-2.
Clase opened up the scoring in the bottom of the first with a double to drive in Mayer. Jack Cullen later drove in Clase with a single to give Whitman an early, 2-0, lead.
After allowing the early runs, Bay Shore pitcher Joshuel Rodriguez settled in and the contest quickly turned into a pitchers’ duel.
Whitman’s starting pitcher, sophomore Kyle Torcivia, did not allow a run until the top of the fourth, when Bay Shore inched closer, 2-1.
“They’re a very good hitting team,” Barrett said of the Marauders. “The first two games of this series they swung the bat well.”
Those Bay Shore bats woke up in the top of the seventh inning to give the Marauders a 5-2 lead that would secure the series victory.
Whitman bounced back with the win over Riverhead, and also a 4-2 triumph over Smithtown West on Tuesday in the opening game of a three-game set.
The win, which improved the Wildcats’ record to 5-4, was fueled by Matt Williams, who pitched a complete game for the Wildcats. Williams allowed two runs on six hits while striking out five and walking two.
Andrew Ledbetter also notched his first home run of the season.
The second game of the series was scheduled for Wednesday after deadline.
The rubber game is set for Friday, 4 at Smithtown West.