High School Baseball: Scacchi pitches the Grizzlies to a winBy ROGER BROWN
New Hampshire Union Leader
April 20. 2018 11:27PM
WINDHAM — A fierce wind at Windham High School made life miserable for spectators Friday afternoon. Perhaps the only thing stronger than the breeze blowing across the school’s baseball field was Goffstown starting pitcher Mitch Scacchi, who made life miserable for just about every Windham player who stepped into the batter’s box.
Scacchi, a senior, tossed a 103-pitch complete game. That, combined with some sloppy Windham defense, allowed the Grizzlies to post a 3-1 Division II victory.
“Oh absolutely,” Scacchi said when asked if the wind bothered him. “I was cold at the start and everything was tight. It took me probably three innings to get going, and then after that, four through seven, I was cruising. I felt great to the end.”
Goffstown (3-0), the No. 4 team in the Union Leader Top 10, made the most of its four hits, all of which came against Windham starter Ryan Faria. Two Windham errors helped the Grizzlies score twice in the fourth, and a Will Soucy single scored pinch-runner Ben Dodge in the sixth.
Ethan Smith (single), Connor Hujsak (double) and Carter Choinard (double) had the other Goffstown hits. Hujsak and Clay Campbell also scored for the Grizzlies. Faria, who will play at Northeastern, pitched into the seventh before reliever Parker Milner recorded the final two outs on strikeouts.
Windham (2-1) collected six hits against Scacchi, who walked three (all in the first four innings) and struck out five.
“He’s tough,” Goffstown coach Adam Lawrence said. “He throws strikes. He doesn’t walk guys, and he’s got the windup that hides the ball well. We had someone ready because his pitch count was getting up there, but with a senior like that you tend to let him ride it out.”
Second baseman Jojo Gallo had two hits and an RBI for the Jaguars, who took a 1-0 lead in the third. Shortstop Tommy Costa opened the inning with a double, and scored on Gallo’s single.
The only trouble Scacchi had after that came in the sixth, when singles by first baseman Thomas Splagounias and left fielder Will McKee put the tying runs on base with two outs. Scacchi’s fifth strikeout put an end to the threat.
The victory improved Scacchi’s record to 2-0 this season. His first win came in a relief appearance against Merrimack Valley.
“This guy (Scacchi) knows what he’s doing on the mound out there,” Windham coach Leo Gravell said. “He had us off-balance with the curveball and stuff like that. We were out ahead of things.
“They made the plays and we didn’t make a couple plays. That was the difference.”