Cameron Burt saves day for Mattituck
Cameron Burt is the Mattituck batboy. He's the ace, too.
On Thursday, he also was the No. 6 hitter. Oh, and the closer.
He's kind of a busy guy.
Despite not starting on the mound in Mattituck's opener, Burt expertly proved his worth, coming in with two runs already home, two outs and the tying run on second base to quash a seventh-inning rally as the visiting Tuckers held on for a 5-4 non-league win over Westhampton.
Burt induced a grounder to first on one pitch -- hey, when you're that busy, it's important to be efficient -- as Mattituck got through the final two dicey innings in which seven Hurricanes reached base.
Afterward, Burt gathered the bats and hauled them to the bus -- a job, he said, he got at the end of last season even though he's the ace. "I am, but I'm also the batboy," said the senior, overloaded with several bats as his teammates added to the pile. "It gets passed down year to year, and I'll pass it down at the end of the season."
Westhampton went ahead 2-0, but the Tuckers pounced the second time around the lineup. Marcus Perivolaris and Chris Dwyer led off the fourth with back-to-back singles and executed a flawless double- steal, setting the stage for Ian Nish, who hit an outside fastball the opposite way for a two-run double. One batter later, Burt singled up the middle for a 3-2 lead.
Mattituck stole three bases and was the beneficiary of two errors and a wild pitch.
"After the first time around, we got to look at him [Brett Pisaneschi] more and it helped us to see the ball a lot better," Nish said. "I think a win like this proves that we have talent and other good pitching, even if [Burt] isn't starting."
In five innings, Perivolaris allowed four hits and faced the minimum in the third, fourth and fifth. The tone began to shift after he was pulled going into the sixth, as Westhampton loaded the bases on a double, a hit batsman and an error before a strikeout ended the inning.
Mattituck brought a 5-2 lead into the bottom of the seventh, but Ryan Osborne's RBI single to left made it a two-run game. Dan McEvoy was robbed of a hit when centerfielder Joe Tardif made a diving catch. But Ernie Geraci's two-out double made it 5-4 and set the stage for Burt in yet another role. (Geraci was 3-for-4 with two doubles.)
"I wasn't expecting to pitch at all," Burt said. "But it's really all about rising to the occasion."
He's pretty good at that -- whether it entails gathering the final out . . . or the final bat.