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Oyster Bay's James Losee sets tone by striking out first three batters

Oyster Bay pitcher James Losee (#7) delivers a

Oyster Bay pitcher James Losee (#7) delivers a pitch during Game 2 of the Nassau Class B finals against Carle Place at Hofstra on Wednesday, May 27, 2015. Credit: Enrique C. Mendez

What a time for a first.

Oyster Bay had faced Carle Place four times heading into Wednesday's Game 2 of the Nassau Class B baseball championship, and the Baymen had not won once.

Facing elimination in the best-of-three series at Hofstra, the fourth-seeded Baymen picked a good time to finally defeat the third-seeded Frogs.

James Losee struck out the first three batters and eight overall in an 87-pitch six-hitter as Oyster Bay stayed alive with a 5-1 victory. Game 3 will be at 4:30 Thursday.

"I've never struck out three people like that in my life, so I knew it was going to be my day," Losee said. "I knew we were going to win from the start."

Losee displayed pinpoint control with his fastball, curveball and changeup, walking just one Frog. The first three batters of the game froze in two-strike counts when he spotted his curve low and on the corners.

"He kept them off balance," Oyster Bay coach Jay Davis said. "His fastball, his changeup, his curve were working today. He threw strikes. He was around the plate all day."

The Baymen (10-11) provided Losee with a cushion in the bottom of the first, scoring two runs with two outs.

Stephen Spiegel, who went 2-for-3, singled to score Jackson O'Neill for the first run, and Harrison Treble scored on a throwing error one batter later.

Oyster Bay tacked on another run in the fourth and two more in the sixth.

Carle Place (13-8) scored in the fifth on Eric Chiappone's two-out single, the only hit of four that inning that left the infield.

"We came out hitting and had a lot of fire under us," said O'Neill, who went 2-for-3. "We wanted to win. We played more relaxed knowing the pressure was on them to close it out."

O'Neill, a senior, is one of the few Baymen who played on the 2012 county winner. He was also on last year's team, which was swept by Wheatley in the Nassau final.

Winning, he said, was "awesome," and losing was "the worst feeling."

He will feel one or the other once again Thursday.

"I'm just excited," O'Neill said. "I'm happy that we get to come back [Thursday] and, hopefully, get it done."

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