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Pelham Pitching Shuts Down the Opposition

PELHAM, N.Y. -- Ben Schwartz enjoys being the starting catcher on the Pelham varsity baseball team for good reason.

“We have amazing pitching,” Schwartz said.

Amazing may be an understatement based on the staff’s performance through six games. The trio of David Wright, Gjon Ljucovic and Anthony Senerchia has allowed eight runs this season. Ljucovic pitched a no-hitter in an 8-0 blanking of White Plains and Senerchia had a no-hitter through five and two-thirds innings before finishing with a one-hitter in a 7-0 victory over Hastings on Friday.

Take away the four runs allowed to Byram Hills, and the staff earned run average is below one for five games.

“We knew coming into the season that we were going to have great pitching,” Schwartz said. “I switched to catcher last year and this is the reason I love it because of our pitching.”

Even in Pelham’s two losses, 4-1 to Byram Hills and 2-1 to Keio, the Pelicans received solid outings.

“It’s awesome to know that we will always be in every game with out pitching,” Schwartz said. “David, Gjon and Anthony have incredible stuff and they throw strikes.”

Pelham lost consecutive games, but based on its pitching, a long losing streak is out of the question. Ljucovic followed up his no-hitter with a six-hitter and 10 strikeouts against Dobbs Ferry on Wednesday. Senerchia, who threw three scoreless innings in relief against Byram Hills, received his first start Friday, against Hastings, and is now spotless in 10 innings.

“We feel that we can compete with any team because of our pitching,” Schwartz said.

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