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Tuesday, June 13, 2017: Monroe, Petrides win PSAL championships

   Leading off today: Jason Pineda belted a pair of home runs into the Yankee Stadium stands and pitched a complete game to lead James Monroe Campus to its first PSAL championship since 2006 with a 13-2 victory over Tottenville in the Class AAA championship game Monday.

    At the plate, the University of Michigan recruit reached the left-field stands twice. On the mound, he held Tottenville to six hits and stuck out 10.

    "I'm here 40 years and I've been to most of the championships. His composure on the mound and what he has done and he did at bat was phenomenal," coach Mike Turo said. "For a kid who is representing our school and going to Michigan, I think that he well represented him, his family and our school."

    Pineda drilled a 1-1 fastball from Tottenville pitcher Anthony Bellina five rows into the stands for a three-run home run in the first inning to put his team into the lead for good.

    • Petrides first baseman Anthony Miceli lined a two-strike pitch into left-center field for the game-winning hit in the eighth inning to power Petrides to its first Class AA title in a 2-1 victory over the Academy of American Studies.

   Miceli's two-out hit drove home Daniel Apollonio helped top-seeded Petrides cap off a perfect PSAL season with a 20-0 record.

   Indians select Holmes: The Cleveland Indians used their first pick in the MLB draft on Quentin Holmes, taking the Monsignor McClancy 64th overall to make him the highest pick among New York high school seniors this year.

   Holmes, an outfielder regarded as one of the fastest players in the draft, was recently selected Gatorade's New York player of the year and has signed with Mississippi State.

   some mock drafts in recent weeks had projected Holmes as a first-round pick. The Indians surrendered their first-round pick by signing free agent Edwin Encarnacion last December.

   Holmes, 17, hit .410 with seven home runs and stole 22 bases in 23 attempts this spring. He played for the U.S. Under-18 team last summer.

   "The big attraction with Quentin is his speed," Brad Grant, Indians senior director of amateur scouting," told the Akron Beacon Journal. "He's a 70-runner (on an 80-grade scale). He also has the potential to be a plus defensive player and a very contact-oriented bat. ... He's a fun player to watch."

   Soccer honor: Byram Hills midfielder/forward Jack Beer has been selected Gatorade's New York boys soccer player of the year.

   The 5-foot-9 senior scored 18 goals and contributed 11 assists in helping the Bobcats to the sectional semifinals. He was an All-America selection by the National Soccer


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       Beer has signed a National Letter of Intent to play soccer at George- town this fall.

       Tough choice: Recent blogs have batted around the subject of athletes having to decide between attending the prom or playing for their team in sectional or state championships.

       One senior had a difficult choice of her own last weekend. That's because Annie Heyan was playing in the NYSPHSAA softball final four Saturday at the same time most of her Bishop Kearney classmates were having the graduation ceremony more than 200 miles away -- and Heyan was the valedictorian.

       Kearney went on the win the Class C title.

       "Graduation was just a ceremony of my accomplishments, but the state title is something to still accomplish," Heyan told WROC-TV.

    .    With the help of faculty, she recorded her message to her class early in the week.

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