Brennan excels at many roles for Locust Valley

Locust Valley High School's Will Brennan snaps off

Locust Valley High School's Will Brennan snaps off a pitch in the top of the sixth inning Tuesday. (Credit: Photo by James A. Escher)

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Locust Valley's Will Brennan has more titles than a Multiplex when he steps on the field. He's the big bat and the third baseman and, maybe later this week, the No. 3 starter.

At Locust Valley's Class B/C game Tuesday against Malverne, there was another role to add to the list: The Stopper.

Brennan pitched two innings of scoreless relief to earn the save after he doubled and scored an insurance run in the fourth in a 9-7 win over Malverne at Locust Valley.

The game had all the makings of a blowout early on, as Locust Valley (2-2) took a 7-2 lead on Joe Sorbara's two-out, two-run double in the third. But the joy ride went downhill rapidly in the fourth. Locust Valley starter Tom McNamara lost his control, walking two batters and hitting another before Sean Bove's RBI single. Abe Oliver followed with a sacrifice fly, and Tim Ohl tacked on an RBI single to make it 7-5.

With two outs in the bottom of the fourth, Brennan battled back from an 0-and-2 count and sent Max Henry's 2-and-2 fastball the other way to left-center for a double. Two batters later, Kevin Carrigan singled him in.

"[Brennan] is probably one of the best athletes in our school," coach Mike LoGerfo said. "He's a gamer and he's not afraid."

The Mules (0-3) scored two more runs in the fifth on Bove's fielder's choice and an RBI single by Oliver. But that was before Brennan took the mound in what he said may be a recurring slot for him.

"I had to stay confident and not walk batters, since we were having problems with that," Brennan said. The infielder has had limited chances to pitch on the varsity level, but LoGerfo said he could become a starter soon.

As for taking advantage of Brennan's mettle in tight situations, LoGerfo said it was something to explore. "We haven't really had a stopper," the coach said. "He was just the next-best pitcher available."

Whatever is decided, Brennan is game.

"We knew from the start that Malverne wasn't going to go down easy," Brennan said. "They're a chippy team . . . I need to be confident I can come in in a situation like that and preserve the lead."

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