Early Burst Carries J-Y
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Ryan Carlson of Livingston Manor steals second base as
Jeff-Youngsville second baseman Jon Fanning is too late
with the tag in Tuesday’s game. The visiting Trojans
jumped out to a 7-0 lead after one inning en route to a
Trojans Jump Over Livingston
By Rob Potter
LIVINGSTON MANOR —May 5, 2000 -- The host Livingston Manor Wildcat
baseball team battled Jeffersonville-Youngsville evenly for the last
six innings Tuesday afternoon.
But the Wildcats couldn’t claw their way out of a 7-0 deficit in the
first inning and fell to the Trojans 14-7 in a Western Sullivan League
The Trojans, who had 21 hits in the contest, began swinging the lumber
early. In the top of the first, leadoff batter Jim Kautz beat out an
infield grounder and Jon Fanning and Ryan O’Mara followed with
back-to-back doubles for a quick 2-0 lead.
Another key hit in the outburst was a two-run double by James
Christiansen, which gave the Trojans a 6-0 advantage. A single by Kautz
brought home Christiansen with the seventh run.
“That first inning benefitted us a lot,” noted J-Y coach Dan Hart.
“[Manor’s] Ryan Carlson’s a good pitcher and he settled down a
bit later. But we were able to get to him early.”
Though Carlson allowed nine runs and his record fell to 0-3 on the
season, he struck out three Trojans and did not walk a single batter.
“Ryan threw a lot of strikes for us,” noted Manor coach Chuck
McKenna. “But we made five errors behind him and the Jeff batters got
a hit whenever they needed it.”
However, McKenna was pleased with how his team battled back after the
“From the second inning on, Ryan got stronger and we played
defensively,” he noted. “And offensively we started making contact,
scored some runs and chipped away at their lead.”
While Manor lost this game, it also suffered a loss to its lineup that
may be felt in several upcoming games. While at bat in the latter
innings, Tim Mills — who played third base in the field and is the
Wildcats’ other primary pitcher — suffered a knee injury. He swung
and sent the ball flying to the base in right field but twisted his
left knee while in the batters box. Mills then hobbled to first base
for what turned out to be a single but might have been a sure double or
triple if he could have ran at full speed.
“He just made it to first base,” Hart said. “It was a real gutsy
performance. Hopefully it is nothing too serious because that would be
a terrible way for him to end his senior season.”
Like Hart, McKenna is hopeful there was no serious damage done to
Mills, who is scheduled to have the knee examined by a doctor today.
Christiansen led the Trojan offense by going 2-for-3, including a solo
home run and four RBI. Kautz and O’Mara each went 3-for-5, with Kautz
knocking in one run and O’Mara plating three teammates. Adam Hauser
added two RBI and finished 3-for-4 on the day.
O’Mara struck out nine batters and improved to 3-0 on the season.
For Manor, Scott Denman had a double, triple and a pair of RBI. Ryan
Edwards went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI and Clarence Hinkley
added an RBI.
Trojans Ranked No. 1
Hart and the Trojans enjoyed a nice surprise Monday when the first New
York State Sportswriters Association poll of the season put J-Y at the
top of the state Class D rankings.
“It’s a nice recognition,” Hart said. “The guys are handling it
He added that the number one ranking is nice for Section IX as well,
but that he and his assistant coaches won’t allow the players to
think too much about the accolade.
“It’s great to be acknowledged like that, but you still have to
play the games on the field,” Hart added. “You don’t win the
games on paper.”