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Baseball Mascolo dominates in win

April 6, 2019

When Brunswick School pitcher Reed Mascolo retired the side in order in the first inning of Saturday’s game against Ethical Culture Fieldston School, it was a sign of plenty of good things to come for the Bruins and their ace.

The senior right-hander gave the Bruins exactly what they needed in their season-opener — a dominant pitching performance.

Mascolo pitched a complete-game one-hitter with a career-high 12 strikeouts to spark Brunswick to a 5-1 win over visiting Fieldston. The Seton Hall-bound Mascolo struck out the side in the third and sixth innings and faced the minium of 15 batters through first five innings for the Bruins (1-0).

“It feels great to get the first one under our belt,” Mascolo said. “I just tried to attack with first-pitch strikes, which helped me a lot. My slider wasn’t too on today, so I had to work more with my fastball and change-up, but I made it work and just had a great day.”

The Eagles’ first and only hit occurred in the top of the fourth inning. Outfielder Cameron Fane hit a ground ball deep in the hole that was fielded by Brunswick junior shortstop Jake Mathews, who threw to junior first baseman Jake Hyde. Fane beat the throw to first for the visitors’ lone hit. Mascolo did not issue a walk, hit one batter and two Fieldson hitters reached base on errors, resulting in an unearned run.

“Coming into this season, we are expecting a lot of things out of that young man and today he showed why,” Brunswick coach Johnny Montanez said of Mascolo. “He’s an amazing captain and a tough baseball player. Seton Hall is lucky to be getting him.”

Junior third baseman Luke Fisher delivered a two-run triple, while senior left fielder Marc McGuire and junior right fielder Leo Socci each had RBI singles for the victors. The home team took a 2-1 lead into the bottom of the sixth inning, then padded its advantage by adding three runs off Eagles right-handed reliever Jake Feinberg.

“We received really good clutch hitting and that’s what you want,” Montanez said. “You want a team who wants more and to remain hungry. A lot of the motivation and enthusiasm was coming from then. We didn’t have to say much to them.”

Brunswick took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning off Fieldson pitcher Hank Marriat, who threw four strong innings. Sophomore second baseman Aidan Redahan led off the inning with a single to center field, then scored later in the frame on Socci’s line drive single to left field, making it 1-0.

“I was just trying to put the ball in play,” Socci said. “I knew we had a man on third, so I was just trying to find a way to get him in and give our pitcher some run support.”

The Bruins went ahead 2-0 in the second inning. A double by Fisher and a single from McGuire, put Marriat in a second and third one-out jam. The Fieldston pitcher was then charged with a balk, allowing a run to score and giving the Bruins a 2-0 edge.

Meanwhile, Mascolo was in control on the mound. He posted 10 strikeouts over the first five innings, while yielding just the one fourth-inning hit.

The Eagles’ cut Brunswick’s lead to 2-1 in the sixth inning without the benefit of a hit. Shortstop Jake Corcoran and second baseman Ryan Dalven Swidler each reached on errors off bunts and Fane was retired on a bunt down the first base line that scored Corcoran, bringing Fieldston to within 2-1.

“We are in a wood bat league where we play, so we have to play small ball,” said Fieldston coach Tony Marro, whose team is based in the Bronx, N.Y. “New York City is a wood bat league, so we try to put down the bunt a lot and manufacture runs.”

The Eagles fell into a 5-1 hole when the Bruins struck for three runs in the sixth inning. Fisher’s two-run double and McGuire’s run-scoring single keyed the inning.

“I was timing up the pitcher and I knew he was throwing me a fastball in that situation,” Fisher said. “Those runs were huge, especially for Reed. He was tiring down a little bit at the end, so it was good that we gave him some more support and it was not just a one-run game.”

Marro was pleased with the pitching performance he received from his hurlers.

“That was a good start for Hank,” he said. “He’s been working on getting ahead of batters and he had a few pitchers that were working today. Early on, our outfield was doing a good job. They hit some really hard fly balls that were caught, which gave Hank confidence. Brunswick is a great team and those tack on runs at the end were big.”

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Using his impressive fastball and mixing in his change-up and slider, Mascolo stayed ahead in the count and avoid solid contact against him for the majority of the non-conference game. He and junior catcher Jack Griffin were in sync throughout the matchup.

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“After that sixth inning where they laid a couple of bunts down and scored, I knew I had to pick it back up,” Mascolo said. “Having those couple of insurance runs really helped me with some confidence going into the seventh.”

Said Socci: “Overall, it was a great effort, a great team win. It was nice to put up some runs at the end.”

BRUNSWICK 5, FIELDSTON 1

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Batteries: F — Hank Marriat (LP), Jake Fienberg and Rickey Finkel; B — Reed Mascolo (WP) and Jack Griffin.

Records: Brunswick 1-0; Fieldson 0-2.