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WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — Mike Williams completely lost it. The breaking ball that had knees buckling throughout the White Plains lineup was now straight and high, and he found himself in a serious fifth-inning jam.
“Something weird mechanically happened,” the Mamaroneck senior right-hander said. “I couldn’t get on top it so we had to go fastballs the rest of the way.”
Williams changed speeds and gutted through the final three innings to polish off a 6-2 victory on Thursday at White Plains. Despite being limited on pitches, Williams allowed only six hits and struck out eight in a complete game effort.
“You can always count on Mike to bear down when it gets tough,” Mamaroneck senior Gerry McMullin said. “He’s our leader and we just ride behind him.”
Williams, who’ll pitch for Hamilton College next season, got White Plains to strand the bases loaded after scoring both of its runs in the fifth inning. He retired the side in order on the sixth, including a couple of strikeouts, and then induced a game-ended double play with two men on in the seventh.
“I knew there I just had to get the ball on the ground and let somebody make a play,” Williams said. “They always do.”
McMullin keyed an opportunistic Mamaroneck offense, which took advantage of four White Plains errors.
Matt Mezansky brought a run in on a single in the first before Mamaroneck scored another on an error.
Mamaroneck (6-2) extended its lead to 5-0 in the third on a two-run triple to right by McMullin, who went 2 for 4. He scored on a Michael Presley squeeze bunt.
The inning was keyed by a fielding error.
“It’s always good when we get extra outs and we always capitalize on them,” McMullin said. “We made them pay for their mistakes.”
Williams allowed only fourhits, all singles in the first four innings before getting into trouble in the fifth. He walked the leadoff batter and hit the next before a one-out RBI groundout by Stephen Schiavone, the opposing starter.
An RBI single by junior catcher Kyle Adams made it 5-2. Adams went 1 for 2 with two walks and has reached base in 11 of his last 20 at-bats. He also threw out two base-stealers on Thursday, giving him five for the season.
White Plains got two more men on when Williams issued back-to-back walks. But he got out of it on a ground out and a pretty scoop by first baseman Connor Bingham.
Mamaroneck’s insurance run in the sixth game came on a Parker Thelander sacrifice-fly to score Gene Makarem, who doubled.
Ryan Orgieliwicz went 2 for 4 with a double and two runs scored, and Mezansky went 2 for 4 with a run.
Schiavone went the distance for White Plains, allowing just three earned runs. He struck out four and didn’t walk a batter.
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