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Crusaders beat St Joes by the Sea 2-1

Posted Tuesday, May 06, 2008 by Si Live

Tough luck for Thaisz as Sea falls to Stepinac
Ace righty lacking for backing once again in 2-1 loss
Tuesday, May 06, 2008
By STEPHEN HART
ADVANCE STAFF WRITER
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- The presence of Ray Thaisz on the mound for St. Joseph by-the-Sea usually means a low output for the opposition.

Unfortunately for the ace right-hander, it's also meant a low output for the Vikings.

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Thaisz continued to pitch in tough luck yesterday, losing a 2-1 pitchers' duel to Archbishop Stepinac's Greg McBride when the host Crusaders pushed across a run in the bottom of the sixth.

This season, Thaisz has also dropped close decisions to both Monsignor Farrell (4-0) and Iona Prep (3-0); his lone win was 2-1 over Fordham Prep.

"We had some chances, but we couldn't capitalize," shrugged Thaisz, who entered the home sixth trying to preserve a 1-1 tie. But the Crusaders' Anthony Muccio led off with a single and advanced to second when Eric Capowski was plunked.

Thaisz was then knocked out of the box -- literally -- when a line drive off the bat of Anthony Maruri struck him in the right hand and caromed off his stomach for an infield hit to load the bases. Thaisz was taken out in favor of Evan Catti, who yielded an ensuing sacrifice fly to Steve Martinez but escaped further damage.

Trailing by a run, all the Vikings (4-6 CHSAA) could muster in the top of the seventh against reliever Mike Scaranati was a one-out walk by pinch-hitter Gerald Amerosi, as Thaisz had another undeserving 'L' tagged to his name.

Early on, it appeared the Vikes would give him some support. They put runners on the corners with two out in the first frame, but had Steve Sena picked off first. In the second, they wasted consecutive infield singles by John Tricoche and Thaisz that led off the inning.

The Crusaders (11-3 CHSAA, 14-3 overall) drew first blood in the home third when Eddie Martinez singled, stole second and scored on Greg Caruso's single to right. Caruso advanced to second and was awarded third base when right-fielder Joe Laino's throw home went into the Stepinac dugout. But Thaisz stranded him there by inducing a pair of infield-in ground outs and a fly to right.

The Vikes tied it in the fifth as Bryan Moreno doubled and scored when Chris Ramanauskas' ensuing comebacker was thrown wildly past third base by McBride, who had Moreno hung up between the bases. It appeared as if Sea would go ahead when Ramanauskas advanced to third on a grounder and Nick Pavia walked to put Vikes on the corners, but McBride buckled down and fanned Laino and Chris Rossi.

"I had two of my good hitters up there," noted Sea coach Gordon Rugg. "But that's what happens when Ray pitches."

SEA -- 1STEPINAC -- 2 abrhbiabrhbi Pavia, dh2000Muccio, 2b3110 Laino, rf3000Capowski, ss2000 Rossi, lf3010Maruri, 1b3010 Sena, cf3010S.Martinez, 3b2011 Tricoche, 1b2010Signore, lf3000 Thaisz, p3010Torres, rf3000 Catti, p0000Weinfeld, dh2000 Moreno, c2110E.Martinez, c2010 Ramanauskas, 3b2000Scaranati, pr,p0100 G.Amerosi, ph0000Caruso, cf2011 Visone, ss3000Eberhart, cf0000 D'Amico, 2b0000McBride, p0000 -------------------- Totals23150Totals22252 Sea0000100--1 Stepinac001001X--2

E--Laino, McBride. DP--McBride toCapowski to Maruri. 2B--Moreno, S. Martinez. SH--Moreno. SF--S. Martinez. SB--Pavia, Maruri. CS--Rossi. PKO--Sena. LOB--Sea 5, Stepinac 4. IPHRERBBSO Sea Thaisz (L)552201 Catti100001 Stepinac McBride (W)651037 Scaranati (S)100012

Thaisz faced three batters in the 6th.

HBP-- by Thaisz (Capowski).

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