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Tuesday, May 24, 2016: Albertus Magnus gets to semifinals and the prom

   Leading off today: You can count on the prom dilemma story rearing its head at least a couple of times a year somewhere in New York. On Monday it was the Albertus Magnus softball team's turn -- and the Falcons got the job done.

   Seeded 15th in the Section 1 Class B tournament and coming off an upset of defending champion Rye Neck in the round of 16, Albertus Magnus defeated Putnam Valley 8-2 to reach the semifinals. Immediately afterward, several Falcons players raced off to the Pearl River Hilton for the senior prom.

   "They sucked it up, they came -- they would never leave the team -- they said, 'We're here no matter what. If we've got to play at 8 o'clock, we're here,'" coach Carl D'Alba told The Journal News.

   Late heroics: Trailing by two runs in the bottom of the seventh, Barker rallied to tie the Section 6 Class C baseball quarterfinal vs. Silver Creek, then scored in the 10th for a 3-2 win.

   Ryan Voss doubled home the Barker runs in the seventh. In the 10th, junior Eddie Wasnock scored from third on an error after drawing a throw from the outfield by feinting a tag-up.

   Wasnock pitched all 10 innings in the win, striking out 10 and walking only one.

   More playoff baseball: Jake Hikade threw a three-hitter as ninth-seeded Rondout Valley upset top seed John S. Burke Catholic 9-0 in a Section 9 Class B quarterfinal. Hikade struck out nine and helped himself at the plate by going 2-for-4 with an RBI.

    • Sophomore Joe Grillo, who recently returned from a three-week illness, allowed one earned run in seven innings, hit his first varsity home run and added a two-run double in the 12th inning as Rocky Point outlasted Shoreham-Wading River 7-3 in a Section 11 Class A playoff.

   "There are guys you know live for the big moment and the pressure doesn't bother them," Rocky Point coach Andy Aschettino told Newsday. "Joe Grillo is that guy. No spot is too big for him. He likes the spotlight at a young age."

   Chris Caswell's single broke the 2-2 before Grillo lined a double down the right-field line to make it 6-3 in the 12th.

   Rocky Point will play Mount Sinai in the best-of-three finals.

   Softball: W.T. Clarke ace Sarah Cornell carried a no-hitter through six innings and struck out 19 batters in a


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       Cornell also drove home the first run with a sixth-inning sacrifice fly. She finished with a two-hitter and allowed no walks.

       "I was kind of in a daze. I blocked out everyone and pitched like I know how to," she told Newsday. "I kept it off the plate and I didn't put much down the middle."

       Milestone: Somers junior Livy Rosenzweig notched her 200th career goal in a 13-4 girls lacrosse victory against John Jay in the Section 1 semifinals.

       Statewide award: Poly Prep infielder Daniel Bakst has been selected New York's baseball player of the year by Gatorade. The senior shortstop and third baseman is hitting .447 with 32 runs batted in and 33 runs scored in his team's 21-5 start to the season.

       The senior is a member of the USA Baseball 18U national team.

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