A perfect game in which he struck out every batter he faced. A one-hitter in which he carried a no-hitter into the seventh . . .
This is the guy Steve Spiegel was supposed to outduel? The guy Oyster Bay was supposed to solve?
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"I felt a little bit of intimidation but nothing crazy," Spiegel said after the 4-3 League BC baseball win Thursday over host Carle Place. "It wasn't anything I thought we couldn't handle."
With Oyster Bay down by one run and one out in the seventh, Andy Galgano laid down a precision suicide squeeze to drive in James Treiber to tie it at 3. Rob Venegas singled, stole second and scored on an infield error as the Baymen (6-2, 6-1) scratched out a victory over Frogs ace Mike Delio.
Treiber was running for Spiegel, who led off the inning with a line single to right.
"The game plan was put the ball in play and don't let that big game [Delio] had intimidate the whole team," Galgano said. "Just stay strong and cheer for each other."
Galgano, who missed his bunt attempt earlier in the at- bat, squirted Delio's two-strike breaking ball just past the mound, on the first-base side.
"I knew he was going to throw the breaking ball and I adjusted," he said. "Before this season, I squeezed for [coach Jay Davis] a lot. I feel like he had a lot of confidence in me."
Carle Place (4-5, 2-4) scored all of its runs in the first -- the big hit being Delio's two-out, two-run line single.
"It was just about settling myself," Spiegel said. "Once I get into a groove, nothing fazes me . . . That happened with the second batter of the second inning -- the way I threw the ball and the way he missed it. My breaking ball [was working]."
Spiegel struck out the first two batters of the second and his alertness saved a run in the third.
With Eric McCloskey on second, Carle Place's Auggie Cavallaro hit a soft grounder to the right side -- a ball that was dropped and then thrown away past first. With the runner rounding third, Spiegel picked up the errant throw and fired home, allowing Berkeley Golon to apply the tag on a sliding McCloskey.
Spiegel also helped his cause in the next inning, squeezing in Bret Mattel from third. Harrison Treble later came around to score on a passed ball, making it 3-2.
Delio allowed two earned runs and five hits, all singles, and two walks in the nine-strikeout complete game. Speigel scattered six hits with two walks and 10 strikeouts. He struck out the side in the seventh.
"I had that fire," he said. "Originally, I wasn't even going to go out to pitch but I told my coach I had to. I had that in me."