KATONAH, N.Y. – The season ended Tuesday for The Harvey School’s baseball team with a 1-0 loss to Christian Heritage of Trumbull, Conn., in the first round of the Houstatonic Valley Athletic League playoffs.
Harvey senior Mike Chavkin, of Armonk, stood toe-to-toe with Christian Heritage ace James Tabul for eight innings. Tabul, who will play at Division I Sacred Heart University next year, and Chavkin each tossed three hitters. Chavkin fanned six while throwing 123 pitches.
Harvey (6-6) had the potential winning run on third in the bottom of the seventh. Theo Rattner reached on a one-out error and Austin Forman singled. Both runners moved up on a wild pitch. Ben Alpert, Harvey’s most clutch hitter, struck out and Jackson Roberts lined out to center.
Harvey Coach Mike Rubenfeld said he considered putting on a suicide squeeze, but instead opted to let Alper swing away. “Ben has done it for us all year long. When the runners advanced on the wild pitch, I honestly pictured a base hit from Alper and rushing on the field to jump on him to celebrate. Unfortunately it didn’t happen today.”
Christian Heritage scored the winning run in the eighth on an RBI double by Jeremy Tabul. John Colangelo’s terrific running catch in right field prevented another run from scoring. Harvey went down in order in the bottom of the inning.
“Although the outcome wasn’t what we had hoped, it was an honor to be a part of such an exciting game,’’ Rubenfeld said. “Both teams left it all on the field, and although it is very disappointing to not get the win, I am happy with the way the team came together and showed heart and desire all year long. This was a great group who’ve come a long way.”