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RYE, N.Y. — A showdown of two of the best arms in Section 1 lived up to the billing. Rye flame-thrower Willis Robbins was slightly more overpowering. But Byram Hills ace Andrew Slosberg was just a little craftier.
Slosberg outdueled Robbins on Wednesday at Disbrow Park, and Henry Milano delivered a go-ahead two-run double, as Byram Hills edged Rye, 3-2, in a Section 1 Class A matchup.
Slosberg, a senior right-hander, struck out seven and scattered five hits to improve to 6-1 on the season.
With Slosberg on the hill, Byram Hills’ confidence is almost immeasurable.
“We’re unbeatable,” Milano said. “We feel we can stop anybody. Slosberg is amazing. He’s just lights out every time.”
Slosberg and Robbins are on the short list of Section 1’s best pitchers and they certainly showed why on Wednesday. Both dialed their fastballs up in the mid-80s, and threw just as hard in the seventh inning as they did in the first.
Robbins, an electric senior righty, took a no-hitter into the fourth and finished with 10 strikeouts. He allowed only three hits, two coming in the Bobcats’ three-run rally in the fourth.
“You’re going out there every game to win, but it’s different when you face a guy like Robbins,” Slosberg said.
Slosberg retired the first six hitters he faced before Jack McCartney walked to lead off the third. Tim DeGraw later hit a two-out RBI double to right, and scored on a Griffin Tutun single.
Byram Hills (12-7) responded with a two-out rally of its own. Slosberg and Anthony Arditi drew walks in the fourth before Jack Hatheway brought in a run with a two-out RBI single. Milano followed by crushing a Robbins fastball to the fence in center, scoring two more.
“Robbins is a great pitcher. He throws it hard and I was just trying to get on him quick,” Milano said. “Coach called me over before the at-bat and said we were going to do a hit-and-run I said “OK coach.” And fortunately I got a good piece of it.”
Slosberg was magnificent after that. He put runners on base in the final three innings before never looked fazed, working out of it each time.
“He’s been an ace all year and, any time out, we feel real good,” Byram coach Scott Saunders said. “He just brings an intensity to the team every time he steps out there.”
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