Few hitters reach base off Jake Gargiulo to begin with, and even the ones that do are not truly safe.

The Calhoun lefthander’s pickoff move has become a weapon, and it was on display Thursday. Gargiulo picked off two of the five batters to reach base against him in the Colts’ 7-3 win over Valley Stream Central at Cantiague Park. Gargiulo also struck out eight, walked none and scattered five hits in seven innings as first-place Calhoun improved to 9-2 in Nassau AA-III.

Matt Pelcher’s two-run double in the fourth gave the Colts the lead for good, and Rob Backus went 2-for-2 with a walk, two runs and three stolen bases. Dylan Hughes went 3-for-4.

Gargiulo actually got off to a tough start on the cold and windy afternoon, allowing a two-run double to William DeLuca in the bottom of the first. But he settled in and only allowed one base runner until the seventh inning — and yes, he was picked off at first.

“The first inning was bad, but I got control of all my pitches and kept them around the strike zone,” Gargiulo said. “My changeup was on today, and once I realized that, it was smooth from there.”

He added: “This year I’ve been getting a lot of guys with the pickoff. It’s becoming my bread and butter.”

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“He’s one of the best kids on Long Island with that pickoff move,” coach Art Canestro said. “I wish I could tell you I taught him that, but it’s a natural move. He picks off kids that aren’t even going to steal. It’s a neutralizer.”

Calhoun got on the board in the third inning on Jack Pugliano’s RBI single, and an inning later Pelcher ripped a double to left to score two and give Calhoun a 3-2 lead.

“I was looking for a fastball, got one and just drilled it down the line. It was my biggest hit on varsity so far,” said Pelcher, an eighth-grader at Merrick Avenue.

Connor Hannon drove in Pelcher with a hard-hit sacrifice fly to center later in the fourth, and Mike Losak’s RBI single in the fifth made it 5-2. Calhoun tacked on two more runs in the seventh thanks to RBI singles from Backus and Hughes.

Valley Stream Central (4-8) pulled a run back in its half of the seventh after an RBI single from Joseph Stewart, but he also became Gargiulo’s latest pickoff victim.

He probably won’t be the last.