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The last four days allowed the reality of Arlington accomplished Friday night to set in. The Admirals were finished. They trailed Fox Lane by six runs in the Section 1 Class AA final before an epic rally catapulted them back into the state tournament.
Mentally, Arlington is a new team.
“After scoring eight runs in the last inning of that game, we know we can do anything,” Admirals outfielder Danny Lowndes said. “We just have a ton of confidence.”
That confidence spilled over into Tuesday’s regional final. They pounded out 13 hits and blew past Minisink Valley 10-3 at Dutchess Stadium, earning their first trip to the state final four in 23 years.
“That comeback was incredible,” Arlington starter Joe DeRosa said. “Binghamton has been our goal all season and now we’ve got it..”
DeRosa and Lowndes were at the center of Tuesday’s victory. DeRosa earned the win on the mound while Lowndes keyed a three-run second inning with a two-run double.
“Pitching with the lead is one of the easiest things you can do out there,” DeRosa said. “It was a really good job by my teammates there.”
Arlington went up 5-1 in the fourth on RBI by Matt Carlin and Rob Michael. Minisink Valley threatened in the sixth, scoring a pair of runs on a Chris Davignon triple. But the inning stalled when what looked like a sacrifice-fly to cut Arlington’s lead to two was ruled an out on an appeal for the runner leaving early.
The Admirals scored four more runs in the seventh, three of which came on wild pitches.
The loss ends Minisink Valley unexpected run through the postseason. The Warriors were a No. 7 seed in the Section 9 tournament before knocking off the top three seeds, including defending state champion Kingston in the final.
Arlington, meanwhile, inches closer to its goal of winning a state title.
“It was a really big goal of ours to win the section,” Lowndes said. “But our real goal was to win the state.”
Arlington will play either Victor of Section 5 or Clarence of Section 6 in Saturday’s state semifinal at SUNY Binghamton at 1 p.m. The winner advanced to the championship at 4.
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