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Friday, June 2, 2017: Mattituck's Kent throws another no-hitter

   Leading off today: Senior Brendan Kent threw his second no-hitter in three starts, lifting Mattituck to a 1-0 win over Wheatley for the Long Island Class B baseball championship Thursday and moving the Tuckers into the NYSPHSAA quarterfinals.

   Kent threw 102 pitches in his no-hitter, striking out nine and walking two. His previous no-hitter came May 16 against Babylon.

   "This one feels amazing," Kent told The Suffolk Times. "This is just a rush of emotions going up there and I'm so happy our team came together and we did it."

   First baseman James McDonald drove in the only run with a triple to score Bryce Grathwohl in the second inning. The Tuckers managed just three hits against Wheatley starter Stephen McCleary.

   That's enough: Senior Tyler Mattison threw six perfect innings and Luke Loso came on to finish the no-hitter as Fort Ann beat Heuvelton 7-1 in a Class D first-round game.

   Coach Dane Clark pulled Mattison to keep him eligible if he's needed in the quarterfinals. Going past 71 pitches would have required an additional night of rest under the new pitch-count rules.

   "We've always preached that team comes first," Mattison told The Post-Star. "Individual statistics are nice, but it's team, team, team. That's what got us to this point."

   Said Clark: "We're playing for the big picture."

   A Valley rally: Trailing 2-0 through six innings, Rondout Valley rallied for three runs and then held off a two-out rally to edge Albertus Magnus 3-2 in a Class B contest.

   Ryan Sheehan started the Rondout Valley comeback with a lead-off single, moved to third on an Andrew Huffman double and scored on Kyle Altadonna's sacrifice fly. Dallas Romaguera then singled to score pinch-runner Jared Countryman. After a walk to Jeremy Pugliese, Austin Wells drilled a base hit to score Romaguera.

   Huffman struck out seven and walked seven to get the win.

   Class AA first round: Jon Iula's sacrifice fly drove in Austin Zakow with the winning run in the eighth inning as Arlington beat Horseheads 4-3.

   Horseheads had tied the score with two outs in the seventh, but Arlington loaded the bases in the eighth with one out and Iula drilled a deep fly ball to left field to bring home the deciding run.

   Class C first round: Pat McFarland, Luke Hansen and Shane Zimmer combined for seven hits and 10 runs batted in at the top of the batting order as Southold routed East Rockaway 13-5 to avenge a loss in the 2016 Long Island championship game.

   Hansen, a junior, went 3-for-4 with five RBIs. He drove in two runs with a single in the six-run second inning.

    • Dalton Granger pitched a five-hit shutout and provided himself with all the offense he needed with a run in the third inning to help Ticonderoga edge Hoosic Valley 1-0.

   Granger registered five strikeouts and walked none.

   After Granger reached on a double, he advanced on a passed ball and came home when the throw to third base sailed into left field.


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  •    Cohoes coasts in softball: Senior Isabelle DeChiaro struck out 11 batters during a five-hitter and did even more at the plate by hitting for the cycle and driving in five runs as Cohoes beat Saranac 12-1 in a state Class B opener.

       DeChiaro completed the cycle with a two-run home run to left-center field in the seventh inning.

       Class A routs: Averill Park beat Malone 18-0 as Morgan VanDervoort hit a two-run double to highlight a five-run third-inning and Kat Stackrow finished with three hits and two RBIs.

       Meanwhile, Lakeland scored 14 times after two were out and beat Goshen by the same 18-0 margin.

       Hornet pitcher Colleen Walsh was one strike from a no-hitter until Meg Doyle tripled to deep right field.

       Cameron Lischinsky had two run-scoring hits to reach 100 runs batted in for her career.

       Class C softball: Pine Plains rolled past Haldane 14-0. Kris Wilson and Haley Strang each scored twice and drove in a pair.

       Alex Mackenzie tossed a four-hit shutout and struck out eight.

       Class B softball: Seventh-grader Kasey Conn's two-run double in the sixth inning helped defending state champion Marlboro beat Valhalla 5-4.

       "It was the first time I've ever been in a game-winning situation," Conn told the Times Herald-Record. "I just wanted to make contact with the ball and let everything else play out."

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