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The Top Spot:
The Port Chester season may be over on the diamond but the Section 1 baseball season will play the final four in Classes AA, A and B tonight, and the Class C Championship between Tuckahoe and Haldane will take place tomorrow at Dutchess Stadium.
Tonight the Section 1 softball tournament will play the Quarterfinals in Class AA, A and B while the Class C will play the Semifinals.
In track & field, the Port Chester Track team will head to Warwick at 6 p.m.
Updated Section 1 Baseball Bracket on MSG Varsity.
Updated Section 1 Softball Bracket on MSG Varsity.
College Sports Notebook:
Hagan, Brennan spark Red Storm
Junior southpaw Sean Hagan of Larchmont worked 7.1 innings of two-run ball, and junior outfielder Jimmy Brennan of Airmont went 3-for-4 with two RBI as St. John’s University defeated Seton Hall, 6-3, in Clearwater, FL, to advance to the Big East Championship semifinals for a third-straight season.
Matt Wessinger of Liverpool was 2-for-4 with an RBI and two stolen bases, while Frank Schwindel of Livingston, NJ, went 1-for-3 with to two RBI to help the Red Storm (35-21).
Hagan (8-2), a graduate of Mamaroneck HS, had four strikeouts and scattered six hits to improve to 5-0 in his last seven starts.
Seton Hall (34-23) threatened to score first in the top of the third inning as a two-out walk loaded the bases, but Hagan fielded a comebacker to end the frame and strand three runners.
The Red Storm scored three runs in the fifth inning to open a 4-0 lead: after a one-out walk, Suffern High alum Brennan singled to set up runners on the corners before Wessinger lined an RBI single through the left side to set up runners on the corners again. Schwindel followed with a sacrifice fly before Wessinger swiped second, took third on a passed ball, and then scored on an error.
St. John’s was to meet Notre Dame, which beat Seton Hall, 4-3, in an elimination game, needing one more win to advance to the championship contest.
Scarinci Excels in Manhattan Defeat:
Rookie right-hander Mike Scarinci of Nanuet tossed 3.1 scoreless innings in relief, but top-seeded Manhattan College (29-25) dropped its opening-round contest of the MAAC Baseball Championships to No. 4 Rider University (22-32), falling 6-4 at Joe Bruno Stadium in Troy. Outfielder Joe Rock of Carmel went 0-for-3 with a walk for the Jaspers, who entered the double-elimination tournament riding a seven-game win streak. Manhattan bounced back with a 1-0 victory over Fairfield in the double-elimination tournament as Taylor Sewitt of Highland Mills struck out 12, the most in the MAAC Championships since teammate Mike Giordano of Bedford dazzled the crowd in Trenton, NJ, with 13 strikeouts in the 2011 championship game to earn the tourney’s Most Valuable Player Award.
Boulders’ Mollica Recognized
Suffern resident Ryan Mollica, a third baseman with the Rockland Boulders, has been named the Can-Am League’s hitter of the week after batting safely in all six of Rockland’s contests for the week, batting .429, with three doubles, two homers and eight runs batted in.
Mollica had a .857 slugging percentage and was walked three times as the Boulders went 3-3 in their home stand. His highlight came in the team’s home-opening 8-4 victory over the Newark Bears on May 22, when the left-handed hitter went 3-for-4 with two homers and four RBI.
Mollica was the Boulders’ pacesetter in most offensive categories in 2011, leading the squad in average (.301), homers (10), doubles (19) and RBI (52). It is the first time he has received weekly recognition from the Can-Am League, and he is the first Boulder to do so this season. He becomes the fourth Rockland player to earn league honors in the team’s brief history, joining Sean Smith and Ryde Rodriguez in the hitting category and Roger Lincoln, who won pitcher honors last season.
· Junior Julia Fiala of Rye is one of eight Franklin & Marshall athletes named to the all-Centennial Conference (CC) Sportsmanship Team. Fiala, a key member on the tennis team, proved that one can be competitive in style, finishing at 9-6 in singles play. The Rye High alumna went 4-1 in doubles with sophomore Anya Sahaydachny of Tenafly, NJ.
- Nyack College baseball standout John Kennedy of Fort Lauderdale, FL, received recognition as the East Region Division II rookie of the year. Kennedy batted .350, and led the conference in runs and stolen bases. His 64 stolen bases rank 2nd in the nation in NCAA Division II and first in the National Christian College Athletic Association. From the leadoff position, Kennedy drove in a second-best 30 runs for the Warriors, who posted 26 wins--most in the program since 2004.
- The Springfield College women’s lacrosse team fell to Buffalo State, 18-10, in the opening round of the NCAA Division III Championship at Coyer Field in Buffalo. Buffalo State improves to 14-6 on the season, while the Pride's campaign closes at 11-8. Sophomore defender Kelly Harris of Yorktown Heights played in 16 games for the Pride, starting 14, while junior defender Jen Califano of Suffern saw action in 14 games, scoring two goals and one assist for three points
- SUNY Cortland scored seven runs in the top of the fourth inning and defeated Kean University, 10-5, in the opening round of the eight-team, double-elimination NCAA Division III Baseball World Series at Fox Cities Stadium in Grand Chute, WS. Cortland won its 23rd straight game and improved to 40-7-1 on the season. Sophomore Tim Panetta of Mount Kisco, a Gold Glove award winner at his position, went 2-for-5 with an RBI and junior Andrew Pezzuto of Hastings reached base three times on a double and two walks. The Red Dragons were next to face Wheaton (MA) College in a winner’s bracket game.
- The top-seeded University of Florida top-ranked women’s lacrosse team was defeated in stunning fashion by No. 4 Syracuse, 14-13 in sudden-death, double overtime, in the semifinals of the NCAA Division 1 championship at LaValle Stadium on the campus of Stony Brook University. Carolina Chesterman of Rye had one goal for the Gators, who led by seven with less than 12 minutes left to play.
Weekly Sports Poll:
Last week’s sports poll asks what do you think of in Major League Baseball? Most people in the comments section feel that it is ludicrous that the MLB has been playing under two different sets of rules for so long.
This week, the DSD’s Weekly Poll stays in baseball and asks The Yankees are fighting to get out of the cellar in the AL East, while the Mets are actually competitive for the first time in years.
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