State playoff updates: baseball, softball regionals
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State Baseball Regionals
Tuesday, June 5
Kingston 4, Horseheads 0
Cornwall 5, Harrison 0
R.J. Berger pitched a one-hitter with two strikeouts as the Dragons coasted by the Section 1 champs in a regional final matchup at Dutchess Stadium. Matt Baker had the lone hit for Harrison, a fifth inning single to center. Ryan Smith had a two-run single for Cornwall, and Jimmy Patterson and Steve Octave each drove in runs in the win. Cornwall advanced to the state semifinals on Saturday in Binghamton. Max Bruckner (8-1) struck out nine and allowed four earned runs in six innings for Harrison, which ends the year 20-5.
Briarcliff 13, Babylon 5
The Bears rallied for 12 runs in the top of the sixth inning, stormnig back from a 4-0 deficit, to stun Babylon in a regional final matchup at East Hampton High School. Paul Henshaw hit a three-run double to key the rally as Briarcliff brought 16 batters to the plate in the inning. Asa Barken added a two-run triple, and Ryan Huegel added an RBI double. The Bears advanced to the state final four for the second year in a row. They'll take on Section 2 champion Albany Academy in Saturday's semifinal in Binghamton.
Haldane 7, Tri-Valley 0
Dan Kinnaird pitched six shutouts innings for the victory, striking out three with three hits and a walk. Haldane took a 1-0 lead into the fourth inning when it rallied for six runs, all with two outs. Dima Spinelli and Matt Forlow started it with RBI singles before John Rotando and Steve Zalys drew bases-loaded walks. Ryan Koval capped the inning with a two-run single. The Blue Devils (18-3) move on to Wednesday's state regional final against Section 8 champion Pierson-Bridgehampton at 4 p.m. at Manhattanville College.
Monday, June 4
Briarcliff 5, Spackenkill 2
Spencer Kulman threw 134 pitches in a complete-game victory for the Bears in the Class B state regional semifinal. Kulman only allowed one walk and struck out 12 in the victory for the Section 1 champions. He walked nine.
John Fussell drove in four runs for Briarcliff and was 2-for-2. Ryan Huegel added two hits in the win.
Dan Speranza had the lone hit and RBI for Spackenkill, the Section 9 champions.
Briarcliff will face Babylon at 4 p.m. on Tuesday at East Hampton in the state regional final with a chance to advance to the state final four. Babylon defeated Oyster Bay 5-3 in the regional semifinals.
Kingston 6, Arlington 2
Arlington's Matt Horton was 1-for-3 with a homerun and two RBI but the Admirals couldn't overcome a great outing from Sean Debrosky, Kingston's starter. He tossed a complete game, scattering five hits, striking out six, and walking none. Horton was on the hill for Arlington and struck out five in 4 2/3 innings.
Kingston will face Horseheads (Section 4) in the state regional final on Tuesday.
State Softball Regionals
Tuesday, June 5
At BAGSAI, Binghamton
John Jay-EF 7, Corning 1
At BAGSAI, Binghamton
Maine-Endwell 7, Beacon 6
At Rhinbeck High School
Valhalla 3, Highland 1
Sydney Holtz scattered eight hits over seven innings and only allowed one run as Valhalla won its first ever state playoff game. The Vikings lost in the regional semifinals the last three seasons.
Maddie DeMilio went 3-for-3 with two runs scored and a homerun to lead the Vikings.
Valhalla jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning on an error and an RBI-single from Brandi Coon.
Highland (11-11) finished a great playoff run after a cinderella run to the Section 9 title. Kellie Panek finished 3-for-3 with a double and Highland's lone run.
Valhalla 8, Babylon 6
Hours after winning its first state playoff game in school history, Valhalla punched its first ticket to the NYSPHSAA final four.
The Vikings jumped on previously-unbeaten Babylon, the Long Island champions, with five runs in the first two innings before holding on for the victory.
Maddie DeMilio crushed a first-inning homerun and finished 2-for-3 with two runs scored. Brandi Coon hit an RBI-triple, and Jade Fumarelli added two RBI and a double.
Fumarelli's biggest contribution came on the defensive end with three fantastic plays. The senior center fielder robbed a potential 3-run homerun, threw a runner out at the plate, and made a full running catch in the gap to take away a key hit.
Jenna Saldi chipped in with two hits including a double and had an RBI. Kaylie Dymek also had two RBI for Valhalla.
At Heroes Field, Lake Nanuet
Tuxedo 13, Haldane 7
Pierson 4, Tuxedo 1
Wednesday, June 6
Valley Central 2, John Jay-EF 1
STATE FINAL FOUR
Saturday, July 9
Class AA (at NYSEG Stadium): Semifinals, 10 a.m.; Championship, 4 p.m.
Class A (at Union-Endicott H.S.): Semifinals, 10 a.m.; Championship, 4 p.m.
Class B (MacArthur Park): Semifinals, 10 a.m.; Championship, 4 p.m.
Class C (Johnson City H.S.): Semifinals, 10 a.m.; Championship, 4 p.m.
Class AA: Semifinals, 10 a.m.; Championship, 3 p.m.
Class A: Semifinals, 11:30 a.m.; Championship, 4:30 p.m.
Class B: Semifinals, 9 a.m.; Championship, 2 p.m.
Class C: Semifinals, 11:30 a.m.; Championship, 4:30 p.m.
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