This is sports editor Sean Mayer. I’ll be posting occasional updates when Jake phones me from New Paltz.
1:35 p.m.: After two innings, Kennedy leads Marlboro 3-1. Joe Smith had an RBI single and J.T. Flanagan a sac fly. Tom Baroni is pitching for Kennedy.
2:13 p.m.: Kennedy scored four runs in the fourth inning, highlighted by a David O’Dell two-run double and now leads it 7-1. Baroni has set down 10 of the last 12 batters.
2:24 p.m.: In the top of the sixth, Flanagan’s RBI triple has given Kennedy an 8-1 lead. All nine members of the lineup have hits.
2:41 p.m.: Kennedy leads 9-1 after six innings.
3:07 p.m.: Baroni tired in the seventh and gave up four runs, but he still closed out Kennedy’s 9-5 win. The Gaels will play Southampton tomorrow at Manhattanville at a time to be determined.
3:30: Hi all, this is Jake again. I’m back inside now and able to get an internet connection, so I’ll be taking over update duties. I just talked to Brian Heyman, who’s watching Lakeland and Maine-Endwell. He said David Judisky hit a three-run bomb in the first over the CF fence. Justin McCarthy set down the side 1-2-3 so Lakeland leads 3-0 after one.
3:37: Just heard from Rob Cristino over at Pace. Pine Plains walked the bases loaded in the first inning, then scored on an E6. They lead Valhalla 1-0.
3:46: Lakeland still up 3-0 through three innings. McCarthy hasn’t allowed a hit.
3:57: Maine-Endwell tied Lakeland 3-3 in the top of the fourth. Nate Reynolds got to McCarthy with a two-run homer, follwoed by an unearned run. So we’re all square.
4:00: Grayson Wheeler’s RBI single gives Pine Plains a 2-0 lead over Valhalla in the second inning.
4:05: Pine Plains’ pitcher needs just four pitches to set down Valhalla in the bottom of the second. Still 2-0 Pine Plains.
4:22: Valhalla gets on the board with an RBI single in the third by Rob Ierace. The Vikings still trail 2-1.
4:35: Still 2-1 Pine Plains over Valhalla after four full.
4:43: Lakeland has taken a 5-3 lead on Maine-Endwell in the sixth inning. Jonathan de Marte, who’d been taken out of the game in the fourth inning, was reentered in the sixth and hit a two-run double. Last chance for Maine-Endwell now.
4:48: Valhalla still down 2-1 after five innings.
4:57: Vikings reliever has retired nine straight Pine Plains hitters. We’re going to the bottom of the sixth.
5:03: Vikes can’t score. They’re still down 2-1 heading to the seventh.
5:05: Section 1 is 2 for 2 in regionals, at least temporarily. Lakeland beat Maine-Endwell 5-3 and will play Section 9’s Cornwall at Pace tomorrow at 4 p.m. McCarthy fell behind the first batter of the seventh inning 3-1 and coach Dennis Robinson made the unusual decision to take him out for de Marte. Well, de Marte struck that guy out swinging, then got the next two to close the game.
5:10: I’m getting word that Kennedy’s regional final tomorrow will be at 4 p.m. at Manhattanville.
5:16: Pine Plains got a run on a balk to make it 3-1 heading into the bottom of the seventh.
5:24: Valhalla is very much alive. Ierace hit a RBI single to make it 3-2, and now the Vikes have runners at the corners with two outs.
5:26: A Jason Dillon infield single ties the game 3-3. It was the third infield single of the inning. They’re headed to extra innings at Purchase.
5:42: No score for either team in the eighth. Valhalla and Pine Plains head to the ninth tied 3-3.
5:47: Longo set down the Pine Plains side in order in the top of the ninth.
5:51: No score for Valhalla either. We go to the tenth.
6:01: John Colantuno makes a highlight reel catch in center to save a run. Pine Plains fails to score so we go to the bottom of the tenth.
6:08: Mike Fiorelli hit a one out triple for Valhalla.
6:09: Pine Plains intentionally walks the bases loaded for a force at any base.
6:13: Valhalla left the bases loaded. One guy hit into a forceout at home and another popped out to the catcher. The endless game drags on to the 11th.
6:21: Pine Plains strands a runner in the top of the 11th.
6:25: It’s over! Ierace reached on a one-out bunt single and scored on an error. Final: Valhalla 3, Pine Plains 2. Section 1 went 3 for 3 in regional semis.