They call it a no-doubter.
Wantagh first baseman Anthony Fontana leaned into a high fastball and launched a two-run home run well over the 16-foot fence in rightfield at Bethpage High School on Monday. The first-inning drive landed in the middle of the girls softball game, more than 400 feet away, and momentarily interrupted play.
“I was thinking middle of the field, but the pitch was in and I turned on it,” Fontana said of his mammoth homer. “And I just let it loose and got all of it.”
Wantagh coach Keith Sachs added, “That is a blast for the ages. When he hit it, nobody moved. I was ready to read the outfielder and direct the runners and everyone just froze and looked up like a fireworks show. It was an epic home run.”
Fontana’s home run set the tone for a Wantagh offense that exploded for 13 hits in a 12-3 win over Bethpage in a Nassau Conference A-III game. It was the conference opener for Wantagh, the defending state Class A champion.
Fontana, who will play college ball at Furman, finished with three hits, including a double, and three RBIs.
Jimmy Joyce went 4-for-5 with four RBIs, including a two-run homer.
Wantagh (4-0) extended the lead to 5-0 in the third inning, keyed by RBI singles from Joyce and Pat Willix.
Bethpage (1-2) chipped away at the deficit with a two-run fourth inning. Matt Collins broke up Joyce’s no-hit bid with a double to lead off the inning. The hit seemed to shake up Joyce, who walked three of the next four batters. Collins scored on a wild pitch and Gannon McKenney-Gowan came home on a bases-loaded walk to make it 5-2.
“He didn’t have his best stuff from the start,” Sachs said. “He never found that rhythm and the Bethpage batters were attacking the ball and getting good swings on him.”
Joyce allowed a double and two walks to load the bases in the fifth before Willix, a junior lefthander, recorded three consecutive outs to escape the jam with little damage. Bethpage scored a run on an errant pickoff throw.
“We had some opportunities and didn’t get the big hit,” Bethpage coach Rob Fisher said. “And a few defensive miscues early put us behind.”
Wantagh rode the arm of Willix for the final three innings. He was masterful, retiring nine of 11 hitters, including five by strikeout. He caught four Bethpage hitters looking at curveballs and allowed one hit, a liner off the bat of Alex Ludwig in the sixth.
“He was excellent,” Sachs said. “And then the offense blew it open.”
In the sixth, Charlie Interrante singled and Joyce blasted a two-run home run to left to make it 7-3.
The Warriors added five runs in the seventh, keyed by doubles from Anthony D’Onofrio, Interrante and Fontana. Interrante’s shot to leftfield plated two runners.
“We opened and closed the game with some big hits,” Sachs said.
None bigger — or louder — than Fontana’s homer.