Myrtle Beach, SC - The men's baseball team kicked off their 2016 campaign with a 4-game southern swing for "The Northeast Challenge" at the Ripken experience in South Carolina.
Facing some of top competition in the East Region right out of the gate, Nyack squared off with Southern Ct. State University on Friday, Molloy College and Southern New Hampshire University on Saturday, and the University of Bridgeport on Sunday afternoon.
The Warriors got off to slow starts in their first 3 games of the weekend behind starting pitching efforts from Erik Bussey, Craig Jacobs, and Tony Campbell, but rebounded on Sunday against the Purple Knights of the University of Bridgeport. "Our season starts with facing very good competition" stated Coach Matt Cornacchione. "We made a lot of mistakes defensively early in the trip, and the good teams we faced took advantage."
Against Bridgeport, Nyack would jump ahead in the top of the first inning, when Ryan Kahl drove in Yoni Rodriguez from third base to put the Warriors up 1-0. Rodriguez led off the game with a line single before moving to 2nd on a wild pitch and to third on a sac bunt from Ruben Correa.
The Warriors would add their 2nd run in the 2nd inning when Christian Benitez, who led off the top of the 2nd with a single up the middle, scored on a ground ball off the bat of Hayden Allen. Benitez would advance to 2nd on a hit by pitch by Coyote Sokolski, and get to third on a double steal.
The two runs would be all that sophomore Jack Kelley would need, as Kelley would be the first Nyack starter to go the distance for the Warriors in 2016. Kelley picks up his first win of the season in a complete game, 96 pitch effort, fannin 6 batters and walking none.
"Our guys bounced back after a really tough day on Saturday. We had an outstanding defensive game behind the best start of Jack Kelley's collegiate career. I'm very happy with the effort and our guys know that we have a long way to go in terms of getting where we are capable of being as a team."
Nyack returns to action next weekend when they take on Post University in a non-conference game at Santaluces High School