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Sunday, June 14, 2015: Pitchers carry Hoosic Valley to 'C' baseball title

   Leading off today: Even after lefty-hander John Rooney capped his unblemished high school career with a beaut of a 10-inning performance, there was one more bit of work to be done.

   And Hoosic Valley did get it done, beating Geneseo 5-2 for the NYSPHSAA Class C baseball championship at Binghamton University to defend their state title.

   Earlier in the day, Rooney threw a 10-inning shutout to beat Southold 2-0 in the semifinals and improve his career record to 35-0 on his way out the door to Hofstra University in the fall.

   "John elevates his game whenever the game is on the line, I've been saying it for three years," Hoosic Valley coach George Brooks said. "Every inning, from one all the way to 10, he was getting better and better."

   In the final, Indians senior right-hander Jared Morello threw a four-hitter against Geneseo.

   "There was a bunch of pressure, I was feeling it right after the (first) game," Morello told The Saratogian. "Having to come out here and throw an absolute gem for these guys, luckily they gave me run support with five runs and made it easy from there."

   Hoosic Valley scored twice in the bottom of the first as Rooney's double scored Dan Espey and Morello.

   More small-school baseball: Class D Smithtown Christian was the only other baseball or softball team to repeat as a NYSPHSAA champion, beating Westfield 8-4 in the final.

   The Knights graduated five starters, including their top two pitchers, from last year's title team and struggled to an 11-10 record entering this weekend. They'll likely return enough talent next spring to battle for the top spot again.

   "They're going to stay here," senior shortstop Vinny Ciaravino, who went 2-for-4 with an RBI, told Newsday. "They're going to be in this for a while. I'm very proud."

   Glen Middendorf, Zach DiBlanda and Carlos Pagan each went 3-for-4 in the win, and Austin Sala and Jimmy Seviour banged out two hits apiece. Pagan's two-run double gave Smithtown Christian a 3-0 lead after one inning.

   Mattituck also brought a title back to Suffolk County, beating Livonia 4-1 in Class B for its first championship in the sport.

   With two down in the third, Marcos Perivolaris reached on an error, Chris Dwyer walked and Ian Nish drove a double over the left fielder for a 2-0 lead. The Tuckers added two more in the fourth and rode Perivolaris' pitching the rest of the way. He scattered eight hits and a walk over 6 1/3 innings to improve to 10-0 for the season.

   Section 1 takes two: Mamaroneck won its third Class AA championship in eight years behind two solid pitching performances. Senior lefty Kumar Nambiar three a three-hitter to down Connetquot 4-2 in the semifinals, then junior Bill Flatow went the distance to beat Saratoga Springs 9-2.

   All nine starters had at least one hit on the day, and senior catcher Andy Karlan reached base safely in six of eight plate appearances, scored four runs and drove in six -- including five in the final.

   "It's insane," Karlan told The Journal News. "You go one through nine and every kid today put up a run, or at least did something to contribute. No one singlehandedly won it, and no one singlehandedly won any game. One through nine, I'm proud of everyone."

   In Class A, Byram Hills won its first title by beating Levittown Division 4-3 in a 10-inning semifinal and then edging Queensbury 3-2.

   After pitching eight innings in the first game, Frankie Vesuvio was clutch in the final. He opened the scoring with a double to left field in the third inning, and with the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh, he made an acrobatic catch in center field to end the game.

   "It was our goal from the start; this group of guys, we've been working hard for all of our lives," Vesuvio said. "It's great to finally get something."

   Two from Section 2 break through: Averill Park (Class A) and Ichabod Crane (B) earned their first NYSPHSAA softball championships Saturday by winning two games apiece.

   Caraline Wood pitched both games for Averill Park and ripped a two-run double in the eighth inning of the 9-7 win


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  • over W.T. Clarke for the championship.

       "Caraline is an all-around player, and the heart of our team," teammate Chenette told The Times Union. "If you pitch to her in that situation, no doubt, she is getting a hit."

       Wood also delivered a clutch hit against Troy earlier this month, helping Averill Park reel in its first Section 2 championship in 30 years.

       Ichabod Crane freshman Calista Phippen threw a no-hitter in a 1-0 win vs. Alden in the semifinals and carried a shutout into the seventh inning of a 3-2 win over Solvay. Chelsie Delperuto homered for Solvay in the seventh inning, but Phippen recovered to record her 15th strikeout and end the game.

       Phippen only allowed a seventh-inning walk and struck out 16 against Alden, then beat Solvay to finish her season with a 20-1 record.

       "It is amazing, especially in my freshman year to be a part of a team that won states," she said. "It is crazy."

       More softball: Orchard Park won Class AA for the first time with an 11-2 victory against Liverpool. Sophomore Alex Sheehy doubled twice and drove in a pair of runs, and pitcher Molly Hennessy slugged a two-run home run.

       Addison earned its first state championship in any sport by downing Elmira Notre Dame 9-3 in Class C.

       "It's just something incredible, something in the beginning of the year honestly I never would have thought we would have got this far," first-year coach Oakley Hayes told The Star-Gazette. "Our goal was to get a sectional title because they have never had one of those."

       Senior pitcher Kiwi Burrell worked all 12 innings of a 6-5 win over Hoosic Valley in the semifinals, then worked out of a number of jams in the final, surrendering 12 hits and three walks. She went 4-for-4 at the plate in the final with a home run, double, four runs batted in and three runs scored.

       In Class D, Deposit finished atop the field for the first time since back-to-back crowns in 1989-90. The Lumberjacks downed Hamilton 10-3 in the title game as Kate Tiffany went 3-for-4 with three runs scored, and Kassi Cook and Remington Doty each drove in a pair of runs.

       Eighth-grade pitcher MaKenzie Stiles finished with a six-hitter in the title game.

       Deposit had reached the state semifinals three of the four previous years, including a title-game loss in 2012.

       "Everything came together, the stars aligned for us," Deposit coach Ed Swartwout told the Press & Sun-Bulletin. "These kids deserved this, for our seniors going away with a state championship, and for the young kids, who I think this will make them hungry to want to come back for more."

       More later: Look for track and field, girls golf and other news later Sunday.

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