Wallkill tops Marlboro in a wild game

MARLBORO — Wallkill scored and Marlboro responded.

Twice.

And then Wallkill called on Nick Pacifico to pitch.

Pacifico struck out nine batters and allowed just one hit over 3 2/3 innings of scoreless relief to earn the save in Wallkill’s wild 9-6 MHAL victory at Marlboro High School on Friday afternoon.

Wallkill (8-1) struck first with an RBI single by Nick Gomez in the top of the first.

Marlboro (6-2) answered when Nick Mongelli had an RBI double in the bottom of the first.

Gomez, Joe Pillitteri and Eddie O’Donnell IV had RBI hits for Wallkill in the third.

And then Marlboro had a huge, weird inning in the bottom of the third. Wallkill starter Dylan Notaro gave up an infield single to Xavier Oliver in between a pair of strikeouts. Marlboro’s next seven batters all reached base, six via walks and one on a single. At one point, Marlboro drew four straight bases-loaded walks as part of an inning in which it scored five runs on two hits. The Dukes had surged ahead, 6-4.

Wallkill tacked on three more runs in the fourth and one each in the fifth and sixth innings.

Jeremy Franz, who got one out to relieve Notaro in the third and one in the fourth, earned the win. But it wasn’t until Wallkill called on Pacifico that the Panthers finally stopped Marlboro from rallying back.

You can expect some sharper play from these teams as we get deeper into the season, but for one afternoon, it was a fun little bit of arena baseball. There were 312 total pitches, 14 walks, 2o hits and 19 runners left on base.

Wallkill, ranked third in the first state Class A poll of the season, and Marlboro just might meet again this year. I can foresee an MHAL semifinal matchup between these two teams. And we’ll see how the bracket shakes out, but they might find themselves matched up in a Section 9 Class A playoff game four or five weeks from now as well.

Check out the video above for some highlights. I’ll also have something in the paper soon on Wallkill catcher Eddie O’Donnell IV, who recently committed to the College of St. Joseph’s in Rutland, Vt.

As always check out my Twitter feed for scores and news throughout the rest of the season: @THR_Montgomery.

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