VIDEO: Minisink Valley baseball; Sec. 9 news and notes

It was a great story last season, as Minisink Valley’s baseball team went from the No. 7 seed in a 7-team field to Section 9 Class AA champion.

But that Warriors team had plenty of talent, with seven of the nine members of the class of 2013 currently playing in college, including a couple of Division I guys in Josh Walker and Bobby Maxwell.

So what has Minisink Valley done as an encore?

Exceed expectations.

Minisink Valley (7-1) owns a OCIAA Division II series win over Valley Central. On Friday afternoon, the Warriors topped previously unbeaten Delaware Valley (Pa.), 4-3, in an interesting game.

Junior catcher Tyler Mayo, relegated to backup duty as a sophomore, had the go-ahead hit with two out in the bottom of the sixth. Senior shortstop and pitcher Bryan Johnsen, who played mostly in a DH/utility role as a junior, came on to record the final four outs and get the win in relief.

That’s how Minisink Valley has done it so far this year, the Warriors have gotten big contributions from guys who didn’t necessarily gain a whole lot of experience last season.

There is still plenty of season left to go. Minisink Valley will have a couple of tough series left against Warwick and an up-and-coming Washingtonville team, as well as some key non-league games. It will be fun to see if Minisink Valley’s younger players – and the seniors in new roles, like Johnsen – can keep it going over the next five or six weeks.

For more, check out the video above and a story in Sunday’s Times Herald-Record.

A quick look back at the big things this past week in Section 9 baseball…

  • Newburgh Free Academy’s Chris Introcaso threw his second no-hitter in as many starts, shutting down Washington (W.Va.) in the Mingo Bay Classic in Myrtle Beach, S.C. For more on his story, follow this link.
  • In that story, had mentioned Chester’s Ryan Cabrera as well. Cabrera tossed three no-hitters last year, leaving him one shy of the state record

    Bob Hansen. Newburgh News photo from 1947.

    of four in a career…or so I thought. As soon as Introcaso’s story was published, I heard from the family of Bullet Bob Hansen, who had thrown seven no-hitters for Monroe and Central Valley High Schools between 1945 and 1947. I spoke with Hansen on the phone this week, asking him about his high school career, his 5-year stint in the minor leagues and his thoughts on the game of baseball today. Hansen, 85, still lives locally in New Windsor. We’ve had to bounce this story around because of a space crunch at the paper the last few days, but look for it in Monday’s paper…or sometime next week. It will be interesting to see if the state will change its record book to reflect Hansen’s accomplishments. His family was kind enough to pass along a ton of old clippings from the Newburgh News, which verify their claims.

  • Finally, how about this grueling stretch for the Cornwall club? The Green Dragons won a pair of games in the annual Beacon Spring Bash tournament on Monday, including an epic 8-inning win over John Jay-East Fishkill on Monday that featured Matt Smith throwing out a runner at the plate from left field to preserve a tie game in the top of the eighth. Cornwall was off on Tuesday with the bad weather. On Wednesday, they played the late game at Dutchess Stadium, an 8 p.m. start, falling to Beacon 4-0 in the title game. Thursday, Cornwall played Pine Bush and Kingston on the road in a two-town doubleheader as part of the Ed Mills Tiger Tournament. Friday was an off day, but the Green Dragons were back at it on Saturday in the Ed Mills tourney up at Gruner Field. Sounds like a fun spring break week to me.
Now, let’s take a look at what’s on the schedule in the upcoming week:

Monday

  • Some key 3-game series kick off: Monroe-Woodbury & Middletown; Kingston & Pine Bush and Washingtonville & Valley Central. There are also some good MHAL games on the slate, including Wallkill at New Paltz and Coleman Catholic at Onteora.

Tuesday

  • Newburgh Free Academy plays at Warwick at 4 p.m. I would bet Introcaso gets the start here, which would certainly put his no-hit streak in jeopardy. Could be a Section 9 postseason preview, however. Cornwall plays at Minisink Valley in another very interesting crossover game. Can Cornwall get back on track after a busy week?

Wednesday

  • It’s a MHAL-heavy day here, with Marlboro at Saugerties being the highlight. Can the Dukes bounce back after a 10-0 loss to Valley Central on Saturday?

Thursday

  • O’Neill plays at Sullivan West in the second game of a 3-game set, which wraps on Friday. The Raiders have been posting some gaudy numbers of late, despite a really tough non-league schedule to start the year. Will O’Neill win another Division IV title in 2014?

Friday

  • A very light schedule here, but Wallkill at Marlboro should be a great game. Could this be a Class A playoff preview? I figure these teams, plus New Paltz and Cornwall, will be the top four seeds in the bracket this season.

Saturday

  • Pine Plains brings in Red Hook, Rhinebeck and Rondout Valley for its annual tournament. Semifinal games start at 11 a.m. with the championship and consolation rounds scheduled for 2 p.m.
I’ll be posting scores and links throughout the season on Twitter. Check out my feed here: @THR_Montgomery.

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