Westchester Marlins 6, Sleepy Hollow Reds 1 (game two of sweep)
‘Holtz Gem on Bump Clinches Championship’
Submitted by Tony Agosto, Marlins manager
The Westchester Marlins swept the double header against the Reds to dethrone the defending champs and become the 2020 West-Put MSBL champions. We had lost a 3-game series to the Sleepy Hollow Reds in the 2019 Championship. The Reds were and remain a solid team, strong in all aspects. Having lost to the Reds last year, I retooled the Marlins along with the skillful eyes of our GM Mike Chianelli at my side. Together we built a solid team during this trying time in people’s lives which dominated West-Putnam MSBL in 2020.
The Marlins were stacked with 12 newcomers alongside the eight returning members who have been a part of the team since 2017. We were outstanding defensively and were led by our core of solid pitchers Joe Cacciato, Mark Milroy and Eric Holtz. Our Marlin hitters were led by Mark Milroy, Eric Holtz, Steve DiMartino, Vinny Sasso and Keith Bryant.
Exhibit ‘A’ of the Westchester Marlins dominance was that in our 13 games we posted a run differential of 139 runs scored versus 42 runs allowed. This was a total team effort, that goes without saying, as our players displayed unselfishness to one another all season long. Mike and I are already in the laboratory getting ready for 2021.
In game one, the Reds jumped out to a 3-run lead in the first, but that would be all needed as Joe Cacciato went the distance, allowing only three hits and one walk in the first and eight K’s overall. Another wow performance by Scott Perlman was solid for the Reds with seven strikeouts of his own. The Marlins scored one in the first, two in the fourth and two in the sixth for the final, 5-3. J. Rodriquez and JC Rodriquez had two hits each for the Marlins.
Eric Holtz started the second game for the Marlins, logging another wow performance. Holtz went the distance, scattering five hits and two walks, allowing only one run and collecting five K’s. Holtz had to work around several errors but soldiered on.
The Marlins jumped out to a 4-run lead in the first, adding one in the second and the fourth for a final 6-1 championship victory. Carlos Gonzalez had two hits, as did Mark Milroy, including a home run. The Marlins compiled a 12-1 record overall in 2020.