Nucs, after winning tourney, lose 2-1
The Newburgh Nuclears lost to the Middletown Cobras in the District 9 title game last year and won the Graci tournament played over the weekend of June 15-16, but they couldn’t get by the Cobras last week during a 2-1 loss at home Thursday, June 20.
“Things didn’t go our way. We didn’t hit well,” said Rich McKnight, who coaches Newburgh, as his team dropped to 10-4. “If you can’t hit, you can’t win. It’s simple.”
The game was scoreless until the fourth inning when Josh Walker and John Lindau singled home Middletown’s runs. Newburgh scored its only run on Tyler Curtis’ sacrifice fly in the sixth inning.
Middletown’s Walker and and Grant Chenowith combined for a two-hitter to stifle the Nuclears after losing to them early in the season.
“We’re coming together. Our pitching has been carrying us,” said Rob FitzPatrick, Middletown’s coach.
“We’re struggling a little with the bats, but they are starting to come around.”
Middletown, the 2012 American Legion District 9 champs and state runner-up, scored 20 runs on the previous Sunday during the team’s only victory in the Graci wood-bat tournament in Peekskill.
By Bond Brungard