Brooklyn Friends has been dominant over the last three years, appearing in the championship game the last three years, winning twice.
When the team got on the bus in the morning headed to the game Coach John Della Marco half-jokingly said to Schick "you need to be perfect today." Perfection was close. Schick walked one batter in the first inning, picked him off at first, and then did not allow a walk or hit until two outs in the seventh inning.
"He has been dominant for us throughout the season but the last four games he was in another zone," Della Marco said.
Schick complied an 8-3 record with seven complete games and broke the Martin Luther season strikeout record of 78, which has stood since 1977, by throwing 90 in 2012. He was named Playoff MVP.
Schick had help defensively. Freshman second baseman Ervin Acosta made three line-drive catches, sophomore Thomas McLaughlin made a sensational over the head catch in right field, and junior first baseman Eduardo Mamut flipped over the dugout railing to snag a foul ball.
Brooklyn Friends pitcher Misha Holzman had a great game as well, striking out 13 batters and allowing just three hits. The Cougars had to manufacturer runs, as they did throughout the season, managing just two bunt base hits and an infield single.
In the third inning, with Mamut on third, Raul Figueroa broke from first as Holzman attempted to pick him off. Figueroa was caught in a rundown and was tagged out, but it was a designed play that allowed Mamut to score. The Cougars scored again in the sixth and seventh innings, both times as base runners stole third and advanced home on wild throws.
Martin Luther ended their spectacular run to its third PSAA title by winning five straight games, including on the last day of the regular season to advance to the playoffs.