reporter: Kevin Hanlon
Friday May 6, 2011 - Play-In Games
# 6 Ulster - 7, @ # 3 Orange - 11
Jim Riordon's three-run blast in the top of the sixth inning gave upstart SUNY Ulster a 7-0 advantage over host SUNY Orange. Ulster maintained a 7-3 lead heading into the bottom of the eighth inning. However, the Colts rallied, loaded the bases and tied the score on a Zac Menendez run scoring double. Later in the frame, with the bases loaded and two-outs, Newburgh native Chris Fry singled home two runs to put Orange ahead, 9-7. In all, eight Colt players crossed the plate in the eighth. Monroe resident Kyle Montross, who came in and pitched a scoreless seventh and eighth, closed things out in the ninth to preserve the 11-7 victory. Menendez finished the day going 3-for-4 with a walk and 3 RBI. In fact, the sophomore from Pine Bush was a triple shy of completing the cycle. Fry also collected three hits and scored three runs in the victory. Orange will now face #2 Westchester in Saturday's 10am game at Rockland CC. Ulster has been eliminated from the tournament.
# 5 Dutchess - 2 @ # 4 Rockland - 12, 5 innings
Rockland quickly erased an early 1-0 deficit and soared past the Falcons, 12-2, Friday night. The Hawks scored four times in the third and five times in the fourth inning to open up a eight-run lead. John Ziznewski and Jared Croce, a pair of Staten Island natives, combined to drive in 9 runs. Ziznewski went 3-for-3 with 3 RBI and two runs scored, while Croce went 2-for-3 with 6 RBI (which included a three-run home run in the fifth). North Rockland graduate, Nick Viohl pitched five innings and allowed only a Matt Guarnaccia single. Guarnaccia, a sophomore and Poughkeepsie native, also had an RBI. The Falcons (12-15) were ousted from the tournament. Rockland (17-17) advances to play top-seeded Sullivan at Rockland at 1pm on Saturday.
Saturday May 7, 2011 Region XV DII Tournament @ Rockland (double elimination)
10:00AM GAME 1 #2 Westchester vs. #3 Orange
1:00 PM GAME 2 #1 Sullivan vs. #4 Rockland
4:00PM GAME 3 Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2 (loser of this game eliminated)
Sunday May 8, 2011
10:00 AM GAME 4 Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2
1:00 PM GAME 5 Winner Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4 (loser eliminated)
Monday May 9, 2011
4:00 PM GAME 6 Winner Game 4 vs. Winner Game 5 (Championship)
7:00 PM GAME 7 if necessary....