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Chris Dwyer helps power Mattituck to Suffolk title

Mattituck's Christian Figurniak (19) congratulates Chris Dwyer (25)

Mattituck's Christian Figurniak (19) congratulates Chris Dwyer (25) after hitting a home run in the fourth inning in Game 2 of the Suffolk Class A finals against Babylon at Babylon High School on Wednesday, May 27, 2015. Credit: Steven Ryan

You never would have known Mattituck won a Suffolk County championship by the way the players walked off the baseball diamond.

There were no dog piles. There was no jumping into each other arms. There were hardly even smiles. There was, however, a feeling of unfinished business.

"At the beginning of the season, we kind of expected to do this," said Joe Tardif, who went 3-for-5 with three runs. "We obviously want a state championship and that's when we dog pile."

First-seeded Mattituck defeated second-seeded Babylon, 11-6, to complete a two-game sweep and win its second consecutive Suffolk Class B baseball championship Wednesday. The Tuckers defeated Babylon, 7-0, in Game 1 on Tuesday.

"You could tell that by the dog pile, or lack of dog pile at the end," coach Steve DeCaro said, "it was just another step toward where we are going."

That next step will be a Long Island championship single-elimination game Friday at Dowling College against either Oyster Bay or Carle Place.

DeCaro admitted to feeling nervous about Babylon, saying "we knew they could beat us." Although Mattituck (23-1) defeated Babylon five times this year, the Panthers gave the Tuckers their lone loss.

Chris Dwyer, who won the League VIII Silver Slugger last season, was the Tuckers' offensive catalyst Wednesday, as he has the majority of the season. Dwyer went 4-for-4 with an intentional walk, two doubles, three runs and four RBIs, including a two-run home run in the fourth that gave the Tuckers a 7-2 lead.

"It's big," Dwyer said of his fourth homer of the season. "Every insurance run is a huge deal and I'm just happy I was able to supply some of that."

DeCaro called Dwyer "about as good a hitter I've ever coached in 37 years."

Babylon (18-6) rallied to make it 9-6 with a four-run fifth inning, highlighted by Ryan Matthews' two-run double. Zach Carmody went 3-for-4 with two doubles, an RBI and a run for the Panthers.

Tardif and Ian Nish each had RBI singles in the seventh to extend the Tuckers' lead to 11-6. Tardif and Nish each went 5-for-8 in the two-game series.

Marcos Perivolaris had seven strikeouts and allowed four earned runs in six innings to earn the victory. He said he felt "very confident" on the mound.

Perivolaris agreed with the notion that Wednesday's win is just the next step for Mattituck.

"For the rest of today we can celebrate, but tomorrow we are back and ready to go because we have a lot of bigger goals," Perivolaris said. "We want to be at the top at the end of the year. We want to end the year with a win."

So if Mattituck wins Friday, don't expect an elaborate celebration.


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