One of the things high school baseball coaches love to talk about is, “being up” for a particular game.
Amity coach Sal Coppola is well-versed in this, considering his team is always one the opponent is gunning to beat due to the Spartans lengthy track record of success.
Thursday afternoon against Fairfield Prep was no exception.
“Every game people are gunning for you and you have to come ready to play,” he said after the Jesuits 1-0 victory.
Fairfield Prep scored the game’s only run when Chris Collins scored on a errant pickoff attempt at third base in the fifth inning.
“They were up all game,” Coppola said. “From infield to outfield, they wanted it bad all game. You could tell. They were grinding.”
The attitude by Prep was very welcome from its coach, Rudy Mauritz who said his team was flat a day earlier in a loss to Law.
“We waited to start competing for some reason,” he said. “I’m not exactly sure why. We knew we’d have to compete better today.”
The sight of the Amity jerseys likely played a part in that.
“It’s easier to get up for (Amity),” Mauritz said. “It’s easier to be intense for them. It’s a maturing process we’re going through.”
Prep starter David Gerics was sharp throughout, scattering four hits and settling into a late-inning grove, as he out-dueled Amity ace Mike Concato.
“Every year Amity puts a great team together, so you know you have be almost flawless to beat them,” Gerics said.