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Sunday, May 5, 2019: FDR's Trainor sets national mark in steeplechase

   Leading off today: Hyde Park FDR standout Sarah Trainor broke the national girls record in the 2,000-meter steeplechase Saturday.

   Competing at FDR's sixth annual Race At The Oval Office meet, the junior finished in 6:29.08. That barely eclipsed the record of 6:29.20 by Maddy Meyers of The Northwest School in Washington state in 2011.

   Trainor had a big day in the distances, also winning the 800 meters in 2:16.60 and taking first place in the 1,500 in 4:34.19.

   Not your typical win: Lakeland edged previously unbeaten Roy C. Ketcham 4-3 in a final of the Ricky Lombardo baseball tournament with enough plot twists for Netflix series.

   Senior Kevin Burke held down the fort on the mound in an emergency relief stint, then Leo Cummings and Zach Cohen hit successive run-scoring doubles in the sixth inning to put Lakeland ahead at Ketcham (14-1).

   Burke, a senior righthander, was called upon on his 18th birthday after starting pitcher Ethan Berta took a line drive to the pitching hand with two outs in the third, sending him to the hospital. "The first couple pitches I threw went toward their dugout," Burke said.

   Burke allowed a run-scoring single before settling in and finishing his 2 2/3 innings with three hits allowed. Joey Vetrano drilled a solo homer to left that tied the score at 2 in the sixth inning, and Cohen came in to pitch the final 1 2/3 innings to close out the victory that improved Lakeland's record to 12-1.

   "This was great," Hornets coach Bill Casey said. "RCK is a great program; they produce a very good team every year. So, to win this tournament against a quality team, that means a whole lot."

   Lakeland reached the final with an 8-4 win over Rye.

   Irondequoit ace rolling: Irondequoit lefty Nick Serce hasn't allowed an earned run through 31 2/3 innings this spring after six strong innings during a 7-0 win over Brighton.

   Serce surrendered four hits, struck out four and also delivered a run-scoring single. After allowing two unearned runs in his first inning of the season, Serce hasn't been scored upon since.

   Chaminade dominates: Thomas Rogan scored six goals and added an assist as Chaminade beat Manhasset 15-7 in the 12th annual Regs Rock boys lacrosse game in Mineola. Chaminade is top-ranked in the state in Class A and Manhasset is No. 1 in Class B.

   Kevin Pimental scored the first two goals of the game and finished with three goals and three assists.


   Chaminade led 7-3 midway through the second quarter before reeling off three straight goals in the final 1:35 before halftime. Rogan connected off a rebound, John Devino scored with :07.6 left and Tyler Sandoval took the next faceoff and darted upfield before finding the back of the net with :01.0 remaining.

   The game is played each year in the memory of 1998 Chaminade graduate Jimmy Regan, who lived in Manhasset and was killed in action in 2007 while with the Army Rangers.

   "This game is something we really look forward to because of what it represents," Rogan said.

   More boys lacrosse: Cam Hay and Joey Pezzimenti scored four goals apiece as No. 7 Victor downed No. 4 Fayetteville-Manlius 13-4 in intersectional action between state-ranked Class B teams.

   Pezzimenti added three assists and the Blue Devils' Regan Endres went 12-for-17 on faceoffs. Goalie Liam Haller played just over 40 minutes with 10 saves and only one goal allowed.

    • Canandaigua, ranked 11th in Class B, rolled to a 15-4

win over Orchard Park, the No. 18 team in Class A. Mark Belles led the way with three goals and three assists, and Tyler Goode had four goals.

    • No. 4 Briarcliff edged No. 8 Pleasantville 9-8 in Class D action. Matt May scored early in th third quarter to pull Pleasantville within 5-4, but Kyle Proctor, Matt Waterhouse and Jack Ricciardi scored in a 1:20 span to make it an 8-5 Briarcliff lead.

   Spencer Rockmore had two goals and four assists in the win.

   Girls lacrosse: Jamesville-DeWitt senior Lindsay MacLachlan scored four goals in a 14-12 victory over Fayetteville-Manlius. J-D, which overcame an early three-goal deficit, is ranked seventh in the state in Class C and F-M is second in Class B.

   "That's a very good win," J-D coach Stephanie Rice said. "The girls executed offensively. We won lots of the draw controls and were patient on offense."

   Girls lacrosse: Riley Martin delivered a run-scoring triple for a walk-off hit as Deposit edged Putnam Valley 4-3 in the first round of the 39th annual James "Ace" Morabito Memorial Softball Tournament in Herkimer.

   Makenzie Stiles fanned 18 in the win and then struck out 15 while spinning a two-hitter to beat Mechanicville 7-0 in the quarterfinals.

   Injury news: All-state pitcher Mike Limoncelli of Horseheads will undergo Tommy John surgery to repair a tear in his right pitching elbow, The Star-Gazette reported.

   Jeff Limoncelli, the pitcher's father and coach, said the surgery will be scheduled soon. He is hoping to talk to nationally known orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews on Monday.

   The pitcher underwent an MRI exam Thursday and received the results Friday at a clinic in Syracuse.

   "Obviously being a pitcher it's one of the worst things you want to hear at the end of the day," Mike Limoncelli said after a Saturday doubleheader. "It was tough. It was really tough. The ride back as I went to Syracuse I think I balled my eyes out for the whole two hours."

   Limoncelli went 5-2 in 2018 with a 0.73 ERA to lead Horseheads to the Class AA state semifinals for the first time since 1999. He struck out 51 and walked 14 in 36 2/3 innings. He was 2-0 this spring with 20 strikeouts and no hits allowed through nine innings.

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