- Last Updated: 4:33 AM, May 1, 2012
- Posted: 1:44 AM, May 1, 2012
Mike Sullivan was angry, upset and shocked.
He was one of the two Tottenville players inadvertently left off the team’s active roster by school officials, which resulted in three forfeits. One of those forfeits was a 4-1 win over New Dorp, a game he pitched brilliantly in.
“It definitely motivated me,” he said. “There was no letting up.”
Pitching with a chip on his shoulder, he was even better on Monday – only this time the performance will stick barring something unforeseen. The senior southpaw allowed just three hits and struck out 10 in six near-flawless innings as Tottenville blanked host New Dorp, 6-0, to move ahead of the Central Cougars in the loss column in Staten Island A.
“It’s relieving,” Sullivan said. “I know it counts this time.”
Tottenville (8-3) has been on a mission since being handed the forfeits. Sullivan said it woke the Pirates up, not that they were playing bad baseball. But since, the Staten Island dynamo has played with increased intensity and won seven straight contests by a combined 53-2 as it hunts its 28th straight division crown.
“Everybody’s stepped up,” leadoff off Frank Sanacore said. “We’ve been getting clutch hits, we’ve been getting the pitching and getting the job done.”
Tottenville’s pitching has been virtually untouchable in league and that was again the case against New Dorp. Sullivan was hardly tested, yielding singles to Tom Sheridan and Tyler Warshefskie and a triple to Michael Campanella. He overpowered the Central Cougars with his mid-to-high 80s riding fastball and kept them off balance with his sharp breaking ball.
“He was Sullivan – he pitched well,” Tierney said. “That’s just him, how he pitches. He had good control, threw a few pitches.”
He got plenty of support. Tottenville scored once in the first, pushed across four more in the third and another in the fourth off Campanella, the New Dorp right-hander. Leadoff man Frank Sanacore was the hitting star, scoring three runs, notching three hits and stealing two bases. Stephen Notaro added an RBI and scored once and Anthony Capo, Brett Birkbeck and William Riches also drove in runs.
New Dorp (9-4) hurt itself – and Campanella in particular – plenty defensively. The senior allowed just three earned runs as the Central Cougars committed three errors, two directly leading to runs.
“You can’t give them anything more than three outs,” New Dorp coach Ray Smith said. “If you’re going to beat them, you have to keep them to a minimum.”
While Tierney urged caution – Wednesday’s rematch at home against New Dorp is just as important, he said – the Pirates took joy in returning to the top of the division. On the field, they have won all 11 league contests, but after the forfeits, they were looking up at New Dorp.
That isn’t the case anymore. Tottenville plans on holding onto its familiar perch atop the Island.
“We’re not gonna let anything slip by us,” Sanacore said.Follow @NYPostsports