This past weekend provided a whirlwind of news and successes for local baseball teams and players. If you were focused on one thing, you may have missed another.
Let’s recap (with links).
IONA PREP WINS THE CHSAA
STORY : The Gaels caught fire at the end of the season and never looked back. They went unbeaten in the CHSAA “AA” championship tournament, including a no-hitter from Joe LaSorsa against Xaverian, a 13-0 rout of fellow Westchester resident Kennedy and finally a 5-4 win in extra innings against 2015 champ Monsignor Farrell. Leif Skodnick was on hand for the title-clinching win on Friday.
VIDEO : Seth Harrison captured the game-winning rally, which was capped by Michael Gorman’s walk-off single.
NORTH SALEM CAPTURES CLASS C STATE TITLE
STORY : The Tigers hung up 21 runs in two games on Saturday to breeze to the Class C state title. Danny Capra was a whiz on the mound in the first game, tossing 6 1/3 shutout innings with nine strikeouts in a 10-0 win over Immaculate Heart Central. And after taking an 11-1 lead in the final against Avon, North Salem held off a late rally for an 11-8 championship win.
VIDEO : Frank Becerra Jr. was there to capture the moment when the Tigers received a hero’s welcome back home in North Salem.
KETCHAM COMES UP SHORT IN THE STATE SEMIS
STORY : After trailing for most of the game, the Indians tied it on Nick Shepheard’s RBI bunt single in the bottom of the sixth, but a victory wasn’t meant to be. Webster Schroeder scored three in the top of the seventh to take a 7-4 lead that it would never relinquish. Stephen Haynes has the story.
FOUR FROM SECTION 1 TAKEN IN THE MLB DRAFT
STORY : East Ramapo catcher Jeffry Parra (24th round to the San Francisco Giants), Rye right-hander George Kirby (32nd round to the Mets), Suffern catcher Matt Popowitz (36th round to the Miami Marlins) and Albertus Magnus right-hander James Reilly (38th round to the Seattle Mariners) were all selected on Saturday.
COLUMN : The 2016 MLB Draft was littered with players from New York State, including third overall pick Ian Anderson and four players from Section 1. No matter how these latest draftees develop, MLB teams and their executives are clearly beginning to take the Northeast more seriously.