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I’ve got a million things to get done tonight, so instead of my typical postgame notes, I’m just going to post my game story on North Rockland’s 9-2 win over Clarkstown North today. The Red Raiders won in convincing fashion after squeaking out a 1-0 win over the Rams on Tuesday. That makes them 4-0 in the league, and puts them in the driver’s seat for a league title, with two big games coming up next week against Clarkstown South. The North Rockland bats had been struggling recently, but they woke up big-time today. Click here to see how I scored the game on iScore.
NEW CITY North Rockland was humbled by a loss to Clarkstown South over the weekend, but since the rematch will have to wait until next week, the Red Raiders were willing to take their frustrations out on the other Clarkstown.
“It was big coming back after we lost in the (Northeast Elite) tournament to South,” senior Danny Demetrops said after visiting North Rockland’s 9-2 win Thursday completed a two-game sweep of the Rams. “We wanted to come back this week strong, and I feel like we did that. We come out with two wins, played good defense and we’re improving.”
Demetrops went the distance for the Red Raiders (10-5), allowing seven hits and striking out six. The southpaw allowed two runs, but North Rockland provided him with some leeway by swinging the bats early.
The Red Raiders hung seven runs on the Rams (8-4-1) in the third, with Jariel Burgos’ two-run triple (pictured above) igniting the rally.
“I was trying to look for a pitch in my zone,” Burgos said. “I just jumped on it and hit a line drive. I didn’t even pick up (the third base) coach. I just tried to hustle for the triple.”
Errors would be an issue for North, which committed three. The first allowed North Rockland’s third run to score. That was followed by an RBI single from Joe Anselmi, who eventually came around to score on a botched pickoff attempt.
Demetrops would add an RBI triple later in the inning, eventually scoring on a passed ball to give the Red Raiders a 7-0 lead.
“It’s always good to help yourself out,” he said. “Getting a triple is rare for me, so that felt good.”
North Rockland added two more runs in the fifth and finished with nine hits, four of which went for extra bases.
“Danny has been pitching great,” Burgos said. “He comes out, pounds the strike zone and his offspeed is doing pretty good. We like Danny pitching on the mound.”
The win improves North Rockland to 4-0 in the league, with two games apiece left with Clarkstown South and defending champ Suffern.
“It really puts us in a good position as far as the league is concerned,” coach Joe Sottile said. “We came in 3-0 in the league, and this is our fourth game. They’ve been playing well up to this point. They beat Suffern once and tied with them another time, so this is definitely a good indicator of where we’re moving towards.”
Here are the rest of the results that we’ve received so far tonight:
Keio 18, Hamilton 1: At Hamilton Wednesday, Seiichiro Usui went 3 for 6 with a double, and three RBI. Takumi Yokoyama went 3 for 4 with a double, two triples, and three RBI. Anthony Graves drove in a run for Hamilton.
Valhalla 6, Blind Brook 5: At Valhalla Wednesday, Sergio Osorio went 2 for 4 with a double, triple, and an RBI. Al Corradi added two RBI for the Vikings. Lou Ingrassia struck out six in the complete game and drove in a run. Eric Handleman went 2 for 4 with a homer and three RBI for the Trojans.
Ardsley 7, Irvington 2: At Ardsley, winning pitcher Eric Scaperrotta had seven strikeouts in six innings and an RBI. Joe DeGuardia was 2 for 3 with a run scored and three RBI. Shoran Tamura doubled and had an RBI for the Bulldogs.
Putnam Valley 6, Arlington B 3: At Putnam Valley Wednesday, John Meagle went 2 for 2 with a double, triple, two runs, and an RBI. Eric Basso struck out five in six innings and allowed two earned runs.
Eastchester 4, Pelham 3: At Eastchester, Mike Milo had a double, a triple and an RBI. Greg Satriale had a double and an RBI. Marc Medico threw a complete game for the win, striking out 11. Anthony Manos had an RBI for Pelham.
Lakeland 10, Mahopac 3: At Lakeland, Seth Marks had two hits and three runs. Ryan Arena had three hits and two RBI. Andrew Martinez had three hits and three RBI. Kevin Lynch got the win.
Yonkers 12, Bronxville 3: At Yonkers, Rigoberto Cruz threw a complete game in his first varsity start. He allowed five hits and no earned runs. Erison Rodriguez hit a three-run homer and Camilo Burgos-Bye had a triple and two RBI.
Valhalla 12, Dobbs Ferry 2: At Valhalla, winning pitcher James Gerster struck out 11 and also had a home run and three RBI. Jabril Kapadia had both RBI for Dobbs to break up Gerster’s shutout in the seventh.
Sleepy Hollow 10, Hastings 1: At Hastings, Jason Martinez went 2 for 4 with two runs and two RBI. Alec Stoll struck out six and did not allow an earned run in four innings. John Wilt had the lone RBI for the Yellow Jackets.
Mamaroneck 4, New Rochelle 1: At Mamaroneck, Will Hofmann pitched a five-hitter with no walks and 10 strikeouts to end a three-game losing streak. Connor Bingham had two RBI, as the Tigers scored all of their runs in the fourth inning. Anthony Mirabile pitched a complete game for the Huguenots and Carmine Giordano had the lone RBI.
Yorktown 23, Harvey 0, 6: At Yorktown, Alec Iurato went 2 for 3 with four runs and four RBI. Zach Bocian and Scott Russo each added four RBI for the Huskers, who led 20-0 after three innings.
Arlington 3, Fox Lane 2: At Dutchess Stadium, the Foxes lost a 2-1 lead with two outs in the sixth on a pinch-hit single from Dan Schweitzer. Anthony Shkrelja went 3 for 3 with two doubles and two RBI. Drew Fopeano added a double, as the Foxes finished with nine hits.
Briarcliff 7, Westlake 0: At Westlake, Mike King pitched a three-hitter, striking out five and walking one. Jon Michael Dolletta went 2 for 3 with a walk, a double, a run scored and two RBI. Spencer Kulman went 2 for 4 with a double, two stolen bases and two runs scored.
All Hallows 12, Stepinac 11: In the continuation of a game from April 26 at Cardinal Spellman, Joe Signore tripled and had three RBI for Stepinac. Skyler Mercado, Francis Giuliano and Brendan Campos had an RBI each.
Ketcham 8, John Jay-EF 6
Photos by Peter Carr/The Journal News