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Revving up before taking on W50

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Owen Potter in action against W. 50th Street

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Observing the action from the dugout

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Sam Merrick at the plate

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Matthew Deutsch on in relief

[Coach Carlesi via Facebook]

Yesterday the Peglegs dropped their first game of the season to West 50th Street Campus 2-1. The old saying is true “Good pitching stops good hitting.” The Peglegs left 11 men on base and couldn’t get that big hit yesterday. Owen Potter made his pitching debut for Stuy, 2.2 innings 7 strikeouts and 4 walks and 2 earned runs. Matthew Deutsch then came in for relief and kept us in the game throwing 3.1 innings with 1 walk and 1 strike and 0 runs. The Peglegs go into the break 2-1 in the division still in first place.

[Adapted from GameChanger]

West 50th Street Campus Bests Stuyvesant Varsity In Close Game

Both teams were strong on the mound on Thursday, but West 50th street campus was just a little bit stronger at the plate in a victory over Stuyvesant on Thursday. Owen Potter started the game for Stuyvesant and recorded eight outs. Stuyvesant lost despite out-hitting West 50th street campus six to five.

Potter took the loss for Stuyvesant. He surrendered two runs on three hits over two and two-thirds innings, striking out seven. Jared Asch went 2-for-3 at the plate to lead the Peglegs. Stuyvesant didn’t commit a single error in the field. Malcolm Hubbell had eight chances in the field, the most on the team.

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Malcolm Hubbell with the start against W50.

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Max Onderdonk takes second in the first inning

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Franklin Liou scores on a single by Simon Carmody

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Jeremy Rubin calls the game.

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Cooper Nissenbaum bunting in the 5th inning

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Justin Heinze at the plate.

Justin Heinze at the plate.

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Sam Merrick holding a runner on

[From Coach Carlesi via Facebook]

The Stuyvesant Peglegs defeated West 50th Street Campus today by a score of 11-1 in 5 innings. Outstanding pitching by Malcolm Hubbell for his first Stuyvesant win. Malcolm gave up 1 unearned run on 2 hits and 49 pitches in the 5 inning mercy. Malcolm also added a triple into the left centerfield gap. Jeremy Rubin and Max Onderdonk both had a multi- hit game. Max stole 4 bases on the day. Good base running and key hits were the dominant factor in today’s game. Congrats guys. Let do it again tomorrow and go into the break 3-0.


[Adapted from GameChanger]

Stuyvesant PEGLEGS Varsity Defeats West 50th Street Campus In A Blow-Out Victory

Stuyvesant had no trouble on offense today, winning big over West 50th street campus 11-1. The Peglegs got on the board in the first inning when a wild pitch allowed Max Onderdonk to score from third. Jeremy Rubin followed up with a single, driving in Michael Gillow. Simon Carmody drove in Franklin Liou, also with a single. In the second inning, Stuyvesant put up five runs, on RBIs from Onderdonk, Rubin, Malcolm Hubbell, and Jared Asch.

Hubbell got the win for Stuyvesant. He surrendered one run on two hits over five innings, striking out four and walking zero. Stuyvesant tallied eight hits on the day. Onderdonk and Rubin all managed multiple hits. Onderdonk went 3-for-4 at the plate. The Peglegs stole ten bases during the game as three players stole more than one. Onderdonk led the way with four.

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Revving up the troops pre-game

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Max Onderdonk hitting in the first inning against Bayside

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Jared Asch dealing against Bayside

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Cooper Nissenbaum in action against Bayside

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Michael Gillow breaks the game open with a 3-run homer in the 3rd

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Malcolm Hubbell driving in an insurance run in the 7th.

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Jeremy Rubin closing it out against Bayside

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Post-game celebration

Photographs by Susan Asch

[Coach Carlesi, via Facebook]

I’d like to announce that the Peglegs won their first league game today 5-2 over Bayside HS. The cold day saw Jared Asch throw 6 strong innings and 84 pitches and Jeremy Rubin come in for the save. We got the big hit from Mike Gillow, a 3 run homer and a big insurance hit by Malcolm Hubbell. The defense was solid with no errors and cap by Khyber Sen throwing a runner out at the plate from right field. This was a good solid win. Next up is West 50th Street Campus at Pier 40 Wednesday at 4pm.
Thank you for all the fans that came out and brave the chilly weather.

Stuyvesant Bests Bayside 5-2

Stuyvesant’s Varsity baseball team outscored Bayside 5-2 on Sunday in the inaugural contest of the PSAL season. Jared Asch pitched effectively and resourcefully, scattering ten hits and two runs over six innings, striking out five and walking none. Michael Gillow broke the game open with a three-run home run. Malcolm Hubbell went 2-for-4 at the plate to lead Stuyvesant in hits. The Peglegs were sure-handed in the field and didn’t commit any errors. Simon Carmody had the most chances in the field with seven.

[Adapted from GameChanger]

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Managing Great Expectations

Oh, what a year can bring

A year ago today, March 25, 2017, Stuyvesant’s varsity baseball team traveled to Ft. Hamilton High School for its final pre-season scrimmage. It was an unremarkable affair, in which the Tigers prevailed over a lackluster Pegleg squad in the Saturday-morning chill. As the dispirited players gathered their equipment, nothing hinted at the heroics about to unfold.

Four days later, the team opened its season at home with a bang. Against Newtown, the Peglegs prevailed 9-3, behind strong pitching from Tobias Lange, timely hitting from Jack Archer, and sharp fielding from Max Onderdonk and others. Stuyvesant would not lose another game until April 21, racking up wins against Bayside, Norman Thomas, Newtown (again), Francis Lewis, and the High School for Construction Arts in the process.

Thus began one of the most remarkable sports seasons in the school’s modern history.

“Last year’s team was special,” says coach John Carlesi, reflecting on a campaign that saw the Peglegs go 12-5 in New York City’s toughest athletic division. “For the first time ever, Stuyvesant was ranked in the top ten in the city,” he says. “It meant a lot to the team and to the school.” The banner atop the FSB homepage captures one of the season’s signature moments, a 1-0 walk-off triumph over Bryant in the final game of the season.

As the 2018 campaign opens, Carlesi and Assistant Coach Matt Hahn find themselves invoking the glory of 2017 to motivate a young and relatively inexperienced team, while tempering expectations with a measure of realism.

 “It’s a brand new year,” Carlesi says. “We can’t expect to be that good again.”

Losing eleven seniors in a single off-season means many new faces in the dugout. “Three-quarters of the infield has never started a varsity league game,” Carlesi observes. “We need a lot of players to step up.”

Joining last year’s stalwarts—seniors Onderdonk and Michael Gillow, and juniors Jared Asch, Jeremy Rubin, and Malcolm Hubbell—in the probable starting lineup, rotation, and bullpen are seniors Ronin Berzins, Simon Carmody, Perry Wang, Samuel Merrick, and Khyber Sen (who was injured in 2017), juniors Matthew Deutsch and Cooper Nissenbaum, and sophomore Owen Potter.

Anchoring a deep bench are seniors Sam Merrick, Justin Heinze, and Sam Stamler, juniors Daniel Kim and Henry Carver, and sophomore Franklin Liou.

“With so many people in new positions,” Carlesi says, “I’m looking for the player who can hit. If you hit, we will find a spot for you on the field.”

Asked about the team’s relative strengths, Carlesi says, “From what I’ve seen so far, the pitching is very good. I think it’ll hold up in league play.”

The problem for Stuyvesant, as it is for so many teams at this level, is hitting. “We need that person who can be consistent in getting the big hit,” Carlesi remarks. But to be successful, the entire team will have to contribute. “If we can hit .250 on a consistent basis, we will win most of our games,” he says. “Last year, we hit .268 in league play. That’s very good.”

Recent pre-season victories over Abraham Lincoln and Berkeley Carroll offer glimmers of hope for the regular season. “We were getting the head of the bat on the ball,” says Carlesi. “We’re not striking out as much. We’re holding our own. Hopefully, that’s a good sign of what the season will bring.”

But the coach is well aware that pre-season play offers few portents of the year to come.

That, after all, was the lesson of the magical season of ’17.

Baseball Alumni In the News – Nathan Chandler ’17

[Coach Carlesi via Facebook] I’d like to congratulate Nathan Chandler, class of 2016, on his first college win yesterday for Kenyon College. Nathan battled back from TJ surgery during his senior year at Stuy and worked hard to get back to top form. We are very proud of him.

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Upcoming Varsity Baseball Pre-Season Games

  • Friday, March 9th vs Madison HS at Pier 40 (if there is no water on the field)
  • Monday, March 12th vs Chelsea HS at Pier 40
  • Wednesday, March 14th vs Trinity HS at Pier 40
  • Thursday, March 15th vs Berkley Carroll HS at Pier 40
  • Saturday, March 17th vs Lincoln HS at Lincoln HS 11am

Note: Pier 40 games will start at about 4pm/4:15pm

Florida Reminder

Hi everyone,

As the varsity gets ready to head to Florida later today, just a few reminders.

  • Make sure the boys have ID. Passport, NYC ID or school ID.
  • No liquids more than 4 ounces
  • Last years Stuy gear including hats. We are not wearing uniforms for scrimmages.
  • About $150 in spending money.
  • Do not overpack, space is limited in vans plus we have washer and dryers at the condo’s. I will supply detergent and teach them how to do laundry if need so.
  • Be at the airport around 4:30. We will meet at group check-in for United Airlines, terminal C.

If you have any concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

See you at the airport,
Coach Carlesi

Dear Parents and Players,

We hope that your summer is going well. We know it’s only July, but it is time to get ready for the 2017/2018 baseball season. We will have a fall tryout season starting on or about September 18th through October 28th for the Varsity and JV tryouts.

Please have your medical and consent forms completed by September 10th. The medical form must be completely filled out including the medical history, doctor’s exam part and parent’s signature and student information, doctor’s stamp, date of medical and the doctor’s license number and signature. Without this information you cannot participate.

Also please fill out all the spaces on the parent consent form that call for your initials. If you are playing a fall sport your medical is good for baseball, but you will need a new consent form. All forms can be found at www.psal.org or www.stuybaseball.org.

There will be a meeting for all players during the first week of school, a parents meeting will be announced when school begins. In the mean time please stay in baseball shape, get to the cages and throw during the summer.

Enjoy the rest of the summer!!!!

Coach Carlesi
Coach Hahn
Coach Nardiello


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[From Facebook – Coach Nardiello]

Another excellent season comes to a close.. with a 9-5 loss to GW. We out-hit them, 10-9 but were felled by the 2 aspects that usually are solid: def & base-running. Cooper Nissenbaum was outstanding on the hill (most of their runs were unearned), but we had 5 errors behind him. Matthew Deutsch was strong in relief…Ben Zenker and Owen Potter had huge clutch hits (drove in 2/3 apiece) and if we did this one again, we feel the outcome would be different. But that is baseball! Thanks for a wonderful season, all.

[Edited from GameChanger]

Despite Collecting Ten Hits, Stuyvesant Peglegs JV Falls To George Washington HS

Even though Stuyvesant collected ten hits to George Washington HS ‘s nine, they still fell 9-5 on Friday. George Washington captured the lead in the first inning. Stuyvesant knotted the game up at one in the bottom of the first inning, scoring one run when Ben Zenker singled with two outs. George Washington took the lead for good with five runs in the third inning. Stuyvesant collected ten hits. Owen Potter, Max Mah, Zenker, and Matt Deutsch each collected multiple hits for the Peglegs.

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[Facebook – Coach Nardiello]

Stuy JV baseball stays undefeated by a 14-4 score Wed. at Pier 40 (ended by mercy-rule during bottom of 4th inning when Eli Thompson crossed the plate). Another strong start by Max Mah was supported with a 10-hit attack. Each player had a plate appearance (team batted .455). Matthew Deutsch was 2-2 with a triple and 2 rbi. Daniel Kim tripled. Henry Carver connected on our season’s first HR. Ben Zenker had 3 rbi. Owen Potter had 2 hits, scored 2x and had a game-high 4 stolen bases.

[From GameChanger]

Stuyvesant Jumps Out To Early Lead In Victory Over Brandeis

  • Stuyvesant grabbed an early lead on its way to a 14-4 victory over Brandeis on Wednesday. Stuyvesant scored on a walk , a triple by Matt Deutsch, and an error in the first inning.
  • Stuyvesant scored seven runs in the second inning. The big inning was thanks to a single by Matt Deutsch, a single by Ben Zenker, a home run by Henry Carver, a walk by Leo Greenleaf, and a single by Owen Potter.
  • Max Mah earned the win for Stuyvesant. He tossed four innings, allowing four runs, two hits, and striking out eight.
  • Stuyvesant had ten hits in the game. Potter and Deutsch each collected multiple hits for Stuyvesant. Deutsch and Potter all had two hits to lead Stuyvesant  Stuyvesant tore up the base paths, as two players stole at least two bases. Potter led the way with three.
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