Vargas' shutout lifts Calhoun to Nassau 'AA' title
Alex Vargas saved his best performance of the season for the biggest game. Vargas threw a three-hitter to lead No. 4 Calhoun to a 3-0 win over No. 2 MacArthur Wednesday night, clinching the Nassau Class AA baseball championship. Calhoun swept the best-of-three series and won the title for the second time in three seasons.
Calhoun (22-3), which won its 13th consecutive game, will play Connetquot in the Long Island Class AA finals/Southeast Regional finals at 4 p.m. Tuesday at Farmingdale State. MacArthur finished 20-3-1.
"I couldn't even dream of this,'' Vargas said. "My defense was great behind me. I let them hit it.''
Calhoun took the lead in the bottom of the second. Robbie Rosen led off with a walk and Alex Rodriguez singled. With one out, a potential inning-ending double play resulted in an error and Rosen scored. Zach Goldstein followed with a single that scored Rodriguez for a 2-0 lead.
Calhoun added a run in the fourth when Frank Trimarco drove in Goldstein (2-for-3) with an opposite-field single.
MacArthur had a chance to close the gap in the fifth when it put runners on second and third with two outs, but Vargas induced a fly ball to rightfield to end the inning.
With the tying run at the plate in the top of the seventh, Vargas got a strikeout to end it.
"The last two outings he has been phenomenal,'' Calhoun coach Joe Corea said. "He showed me a lot.''