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Stepinac Baseball in the News !

Posted Monday, April 24, 2006 by Michael Odonnell
Another rainout dampens some spirit, rejuvenates others
By JOSH THOMSON
THE JOURNAL NEWS


Though he's still just a teenager, Patrick Massaroni is a familiar face around White Plains. He not only serves as a senior captain who pitches and plays first base on the Stepinac baseball team, but he is also the director of basketball operations for the Crusaders and a part-time scorekeeper for the White Plains girls basketball team.

Massaroni, a left-hander, was scheduled to start yesterday against Mahopac in the opening round of the fifth annual White Plains tournament, but the games were washed out by rain for the second day in a row.

For someone so eager to play that he drove to the field early yesterday morning, Massaroni was justifiably bummed.

"Living in White Plains, it's always a big tournament," he said. "It's a big two days to try to show everybody in the town what Stepinac is made of."

The participants should still have an opportunity to play the tournament out, it's just not certain when that will be. White Plains coach Marcel Galligani said yesterday morning that the schools will talk today and hopefully land a date (or dates) to reschedule.

The opening round ? Stepinac vs. Mahopac and White Plains vs. Panas ? was first slated for Saturday, but those games were moved to yesterday because of rain. The championship and consolation games were then to be played afterward, but it was all pushed back again because of the wet weather.

The rainouts were perhaps a blessing in disguise for Mahopac. The Indians were originally scheduled to play seven games in eight days (from last Monday through today), and will probably benefit from the extra two days off, especially because they face rival Carmel today and Wednesday.

The rest was no consolation for senior catcher Myckie Lugbauer.

"At the beginning of the year, we set it as a goal of ours to win the White Plains tournament," said Lugbauer, whose team won it last year. "So this was kind of a letdown, even though it will save our pitching a little bit."

Panas is no stranger to rain. The Panthers were rained out on April 8 against Nyack and the postponement precipitated a 13-day layoff that ended when they played Pearl River last Wednesday.

Panas has played only four games this season.

"We're 2-2 now, but it feels like we never really got started," coach Anthony Fata said.

With any luck from the scheduling gods, the four teams will convene some time between now and the start of the Section 1 and CHSAA playoffs.

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