Updates: Tuesday's Sec. 1 baseball semis
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SECTION 1 BASEBALL TOURNAMENT
Arlington 8, Fox Lane 5
At Fox Lane High School, No. 9-seeded Arlington came back from a 5-0 third-inning deficit to advance to the Section 1 Class AA finals for the first time since 2009. The Admirals last won a sectional title back in 1987.
Junior relief pitcher Kevin McKenna picked up the win, throwing four scoreless innings after taking over for starting pitcher Matt Horton. He struck out three and didn't allow a runner past second base.
Arlington scored five runs in the top of the fourth inning to even the game at 5-5. The Admirals started off the inning with three straight bunts to load the bases. Sophomore Joe Lugbauer delivered the big blow with a two-run home run. Matt Horton added a two-run single and Mike Scocozza blasted an RBI double. Robbie Camastro then knocked in Tyler Bruno for the go-ahead run in the top of the fifth and Lugbauer added a two-out RBI single to give Arlington a 7-5 lead heading into the sixth.
For No. 4-seeded Fox Lane, Matt Oniffery led the way with a two-run home run. Richard Slenker went 2 for 3 with two RBI and Dion Austrie hit an RBI double. The Foxes scored all their runs in the bottom of the third inning, mounting a five-run, two-out rally to grab an early lead.
Arlington will square off against No. 2-seeded John Jay-EF in the championship on Thursday, May 31 at Dutchess Stadium at 7 p.m.
John Jay-EF 8, Carmel 1
The second-seed Patriots rallied for four runs in the third inning and four more in the fifth to earn a spot in the title. Adam Calabro smacked a three-run homer and Tyler Kardas picked up the win on the mound for John Jay-EF, which will face league rival Arlington in the title game on Thursday at 7:30 p.m.
Harrison 8, Kennedy Catholic 0
Max Bruckner pitched a four-hit shutout with six strikeouts to lift the Huskies into the title game for the second time in three years. For Bruckner it was the second shutout of the postseason and Harrison's third complete-game effort by a starter in a row (Michael Forgione beat Somers 3-1 in the quarterfinals). Shang-Li Polera hit a two-run homer and Austin Pollack went 2 for 3 wih three RBI and two runs scored. No. 2 Harrison will take on No. 9 Byram Hills in the title game on Thursday at Dutchess Stadium at 7:30 p.m.
Byram Hills 10, Beacon 2 (5 innings/rain)
Andrew Slosberg pitched five innings, allowing four hits and striking out three. Brian Hammer went 2 for 4 with three RBI and Joe Summa hit a two-run homer in the second inning. No. 9 Byram Hills will face No. 2 Harrison in the title game on Thursday at Dutchess Stadium at 7:30 p.m.
Keio 6, Hastings 2
Keio’s Takumi Yokoyama threw seven innings of five-hit ball and recorded nine strikeouts to push the No. 2-seed Unicorns to the Section 1 Class B finals. In the sixth inning, Keio’s freshman third baseman Riku Kawada broke a 2-2 tie when he knocked a bases loaded single that got past the right fielder and cleared the bases for a 5-2 lead. Keio moves on to face top-seeded Briarcliff tomorrow at Dutchess Stadium in Fishkill.
Briarcliff 12, Dobbs Ferry 1
Top-seeded Briarcliff received a dominating pitching performance from Spencer Kulman (6 innings, six strikeouts, three hits, two walks) and broke the game open with a seven-run second inning against No. 5 Dobbs Ferry. Paul Henshaw had two hits and five RBI to lead the Bears (19-4). Joey Karlik had two hits and two RBI. John Fussell, Jackson Plimpton and Colin Orr each added an RBI. Briarcliff will face No. 2 Keio tomorrow in the Section 1 Class B final at Dutchess Stadium. The Unicorns defeated the Bears during the regular season.
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