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Sunday, June 4, 2017: McQuaid goes extra innings to beat Clarence

   Leading off today: Ben Beauchamp's single brought home Nick Tomei with the go-ahead run in the top of the eighth inning as McQuaid edged Clarence 5-4 in the NYSPHSAA Class A baseball quarterfinals Saturday in Niagara Falls.

   Tomei had bunted his way on base, stole second and went to third on an error.

   With McQuaid trailing 4-2 in the top of the fifth, A.J. Fina hit a full count, two-out triple to tie the game. The Knights' Hunter Walsh pitched 3 2/3 scoreless innings of one-hit ball with six strikeouts -- including the first five batters he faced -- to pick up the win in relief.

   Clarence's Nick Ciraolo went the distance, scattering seven hits.

   More Class AA baseball: Massapequa's Luke O'Mahoney drilled a seventh-inning line drive to bring home the go-ahead run during an 8-4 victory over Commack.

   Massapequa tacked on three more runs, including Nick Fossari's two-run single, to advance to the semifinals.

   Junior lefty Nick Collins threw three innings of one-run relief for the win, striking out five.

    • Liverpool, unable to advance to the semifinals in its five most recent tournament appearances, defeated Colonie 5-3 as Nick Antonello rang up a strikeout with the bases loaded to end the game.

   More baseball: Wantagh opened the game with four straight hits to ignite a four-run first inning and beat Shoreham-Wading River in a Class A quarterfinal.

   It was the second straight Long Island Class A title for the defending state champions, who got run-scoring singles from Jimmy Joyce and Anthony Fontana.

    • Quinnipiac-bound lefty Connor Mahoney fanned 12 for defending state champion North Salem in a 2-1 win over Southold in Class C.

   Mahoney scattered six hits and worked out of multiple situations with runners in scoring position.

   "It's definitely a lot of pressure," Mahoney told The Journal News. "I was trying to go for strikeouts and just pound the zone. I was just trying to work the corners and I was lucky to have my best stuff today."

   'Wild' finish for Pine Plains: Tia Fumasoli scored the winning run in the bottom of the seventh on a wild pitch, propelling Pine Plains to a 3-2 win over East Rockaway in Class C.

   Fumasoli led off with a bunt single and raced to third on a fielder's choice groundout to shortstop.

   "I was like, 'I have to take my chance right now. I have to go, I can't hesitate.'" she told the Poughkeepsie Journal. "I ran right away. And when I was on third, I automatically thought, 'If this gets by, I have to go. We may not get another chance.' It went off her leg, I saw it and I went right away."

   Babylon stays unbeaten: Eight of the nine starters either scored or drove in a run in Babylon's 16-0 win over Marlboro in Class B.

   Danielle Donaldson's 3-for-3 performance with two runs and three RBIs led the way as Babylon improved to 24-0. Gwen Donaldson, the team's lone senior, went 3-for-4 with three runs and three RBIs.

   More softball: Maine-Endwell junior Emily Hess took a fastball off her left arm in the top of the third inning to force home the go-ahead run in the Spartans' 2-0 win over Lakeland in Class A.

   Hess struck out 12 in a three-hitter for the defending state champions.


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  •    "That was definitely the easiest RBI I've ever gotten," Hess told The Journal News. "If it gets a run for my team, then it works."

       Solomon defends in singles: Yuval Solomon lost just five games in four sets Saturday while securing NYSPHSAA and Federation championships in singles at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.

       The top-seeded senior from Plainview JFK, who is headed to Wake Forest in the fall, defeated No. 2 seed Sean Wei of Yorktown 6-1, 6-2 in the NYSPHSAA final to defend his crown and then Beacon's Ethan Leon 6-1, 6-1 for the Federation championship.

       Wei won three straight points just twice over the 15 games, and Solomon served 22 aces -- including the last three points of the match.

       In doubles, Dylan Glickman and James Wei defeated the fellow Horace Greeley duo of Spencer Lowitz and Kenta Togo 6-4, 6-4 for the NYSPHSAA championship.

       It was a nearly identical score to the Section 1 championship between the pairs last month.

       NYSPHSAA girls golf: For the second straight year, Carmel junior Lauren Peter opened the tournament with a score in the 60s to take the first-round lead. She shot a four-under 68 at Bethpage Yellow in Farmingdale to build a two-shot lead.

       Peter, who tied for second in 2016, made five birdies.

       "I was hitting my approach shots to 5 or 6 feet and making the putts," Peter said.

       Medina's Melanie Green and Cold Spring Harbor's Jenny Rosenberg are tied for second, one stroke ahead of three-time defending state champion Lindsay May from Auburn, who fired a 71.

       More results: We covered highlights from Saturday's NYSPHSAA boys and girls lacrosse quarterfinals in today's first blog.

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