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Jake Laine comes up big for Syosset baseball
Syosset starting pitcher Jake Laine has had a heck of a week.
The Braves senior ace was dominant on Monday in No. 7 Syosset’s 1-0 win over No. 10 Farmingdale in the first round of the playoffs. Laine went the distance and allowed only two hits, striking out seven and walking none. But most importantly he was efficient – his masterpiece was completed in under 60 pitches.
Fast-forward to Friday. After losing game one of the best-of-three quarterfinals in 12 innings to No. 2 Hicksville, the Braves took game two at home and were facing a deciding game three.
Laine got the call again on three-days rest and battled through six innings before leaving with a 4-2 lead.
“He never pitched on short rest this season,” Fitzgerald said, adding though that “It was an automatic decision” to give him the ball.
He didn’t have his best stuff but it was still enough to give Syosset a chance to win the game. “It was huge,” Fitzgerald said. “He’s our No. 1 and we needed him and he came through.”
Syosset would still need more though as Hicksville rallied to send the game into extra innings.
“I still felt confident we would come back and win,” Fitzgerald said. “I’ve never been a part of anything like this before.”
It was the eighth inning when Mike Schaake came through with a double that drove in Jake Mitchnick for the winning run. There would be no Hicksville comeback in the bottom of the frame and the Braves completed the upset.
No. 1 MacArthur is looming in the semifinals but after this comeback the Braves are ready for anything.
Said Fitzgerald: “I’m just looking forward to getting to the next round and seeing what we can do.”