WAPPINGERS FALLS – It was a great way to kick off league play for the Ketcham Indians, until it wasn’t.
In the bottom of the second, senior outfielder David Henry chopped a grounder to third off Arlington starter Mat McGowan. The ball was fielded by Admiral third baseman John Iula while Henry ran down the first baseline, stepped on the bag and then fell to the ground, holding his ankle. By several field accounts, Henry had fractured his ankle and the bone was sticking through his skin. An EMStar ambulance took Henry off the field and to the hospital for surgery.
It was a tough loss for the team, but the Indians rallied around the loss of one of their star players with a 10-2 win.
Arlington struck first leading 1-0, but Ketcham came back and tied it in the second, after the injury. Jason Sitler came in to take Henry’s place and scored on a fielder’s choice.
The Indians scored again in the 4th inning when Jimmy Nardelli drilled a base hit through the right side of the infield, putting runners at first and third. Vinny Polini scored on another fielder’s choice for a 2-1 lead.
Ketcham scored two more in the 5th inning and then another six in the sixth.
Ryan Murphy was stingy on the mound, giving up just 4 hits in 6 innings while striking out nine.
Ketcham travels to Carmel Tuesday, while Arlington travels to John Jay.