COMMACK, New York, May 21
BY: Andrew Wroblewski
Ryan Doerschug pitched a complete game and Ryan Quinn drove in the game-winning run on Monday as Commack’s baseball team advanced to the second round of the 2015 Suffolk Class AA playoffs with a triumph over visiting no. 12 West Babylon (13-8).
“I was a little nervous before the game,” Doerschug, a senior, said. “But I got through it and I worked through it with my team.”
Doerschug, the Cougars’ ace this season, ultimately went the distance for Commack; he pitched 7 innings and allowed just 1 run as he earn his second varsity playoff win – the first came in the Cougars’ 1-0 victory over East Islip last season.
After press time on Tuesday, the Cougars were set to once again face East Islip as the second round of the playoffs began.
On Monday, however, the Cougars came away with the victory thanks to some small ball and contributions from Cougars Ben McNeil, John Iadevaia and Ryan Quinn.
With the score level at 1-1 in the bottom of the fifth inning, McNeil stepped to the plate.
“I was thinking that I just need to get on base,” the junior said. “In that situation, all you want to do is be a hero, make a good play and pick up the team.”
McNeil singled to left field and up came Iadevaia; the senior laid down a sacrifice bunt and McNeil advanced to second.
Next it was Quinn’s turn; the senior approached the at bat, he said, with a renewed mindset.
“During my first two at bats he was throwing me a lot of curveballs and I was getting out in front,” Commack’s no. 3 hitter said. “I knew that, in my third at bat, I was going to get a curveball first pitch so I just waited back.”
Quinn did just that and roped a single into right field that put the Cougars ahead 2-1 – a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.
Moving forward, no. 11 Commack (12-9) traveled to East Islip the next day. The results weren’t available by press time, but Quinn said the Cougars knew what they had to do in order to have success.
“We just need to keep hitting,” he said. “We’ve been slow, streaky at times, but once our bats come alive we can beat anyone.”
McNeil added, “We have to keep sticking together as a unit… keep playing hard and win games.”
If the Cougars were successful against East Islip they will now advance to the championship round.
In that round, depending on other results, the Cougars would face either no. 1 Connetquot, no. 2 Ward Melville or no. 3 Hauppauge. Regardless of who they would face, Commack would be the visiting team for a scheduled 4 p.m. start on Thursday.
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Originally published: Long Islander News: The Record
(Thursday, May 21, 2015; A23)