Saugerties baseball team wins five straight

Sawyer pitcher Evan Normann in action. (photo by Robert FOrd)

Four days, four games, four wins. Last week was quite a week for the Saugerties High School baseball team, which had a winning week while the rest of the student body was enjoying their Easter vacation.

The Sawyers weren’t done with winning games, either. When school got back into session this week, they beat Roosevelt 6-5. That made it five straight.

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“It was nice to get the bats going,” said head coach Mike Pugliese after the fourth win. “We had a number of quality-at bats against good pitchers. I think the players are starting to understand what we are capable, and hopefully we just use these four games as a springboard.”

The Sawyers’ march through the Hudson Valley began in Poughkeepsie on April 10 with a 21-6 win. It continued on April 11 with a 15-5 win at home against Albany. The next day saw an 8-2 win against Onteora. The team closed out the week with an April 13 home game against Poughkeepsie, where they won 16-3.

During the four-day span the team scored 60 runs while the Sawyer pitchers gave up only 16 runs. During the streak, the Sawyer bats connected for 59 hits.

Pugliese has nine pitchers, so the team was not overworked at that position. “We have nine guys who pitch, and with our recent outings it’s going to be a challenge to get them all work,” said Pugliese. “But that is a good problem to have.”

Pugliese was happy with his pitchers’ performance. “We were in good shape on Thursday because both Brett Igoe on Tuesday and Rory Cohan on Wednesday understood and applied the concept of pitching with a lead,” he explained. “They pounded the strike zone and were able to eat up innings. Jimmy Ball did the same of out of the pen on Monday versus Poughkeepsie.”

With the five-game win streak, the Sawyers’ record now stands at 5-2.

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