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Wednesday, May 8, 2019: Mamaroneck hands Ketcham second straight loss

   Leading off today: Isaac Lewis allowed five hits and no walks in a complete game as Mamaroneck edged Roy C. Ketcham 2-1 in baseball on Tuesday.

   It was Ketcham's second consecutive loss after a 14-0 start to the season.

   Lewis, who entered the game with a 0.22 ERA, needed just 98 pitches and struck out seven batters.

   Senior Ethan Renner delivered the game-winning double in the eighth after Mamaroneck tied the contest on Mark Bucchino's infield single with two outs in the seventh.

   Mamaroneck improved to 12-6 after stemming the bleeding from committing a total of 10 errors in the previous two games.

   "Coming off two tough losses, we were fired up today," Lewis said. "Their pitcher did a great job. We weren't getting to him until the end, so this was a great way to win a ballgame."

   The Tigers finally chased Ketcham starter Bret Eirish (six hits allowed, nine strikeouts) when Asher Tannenbaum opened the eighth with a single. Renner then greeted reliever Ryan Kirby with a double over the third-base bag that allowed Tannenbaum to score from first.

   Rally caps: Kenmore West (9-4), which once trailed 6-0, scored four times in the bottom of the seventh for an 8-7 softball win over Niagara-Wheatfield. Olivia Foglia-Leffler singled up the middle to drive home two runs for the walk-off win.

    • No. 15 for Styles: Two days after becoming the first Class D school to win the Ace Mirabito Tournament, Deposit beat Greene 6-0 behind pitcher Mackenzie Styles' 15th career perfect game.

   Styles had 17 strikeouts.

   NYSED gets involved: The scandal that began with the disclosure of massive class-cutting by members of the state-championship basketball team is now in the hands of the New York State Education Department, which will audit attendance records and review credit recovery practices in the Newburgh school district.



   NYSED wrote to Superintendent Roberto Padilla on Friday informing him of plans to review data from July 1, 2017 to April 30, 2019, The Times Herald-Record reported. The paper indicated NYSED will likely look for similar data used by a grand jury to investigate student attendance, athletics eligibility and use of the online credit recovery program in Newburgh.

   The grand jury last month found "systemic failure" in district policies that included grade changing, manipulation of attendance records, and allowing students to compete in sports even though their absences made them ineligible.

   Appointed: Brad Devlin has been named wrestling coach at St. Joseph's as the replacement for longtime coach Peter Kennedy, who recently accepted an administration role at the school. Devlin was a state Catholic champion for St. Joe's in 2005 and has previously served two stints there as an assistant coach.

   Looking back: Milesplit took a thorough look at the 4:02.7 mile that Matt Centrowitz ran almost 46 years ago at the AAU Junior National Championships in Gainesville, Fla., to set the still-standing state record in the event.

   Some of the best tidbits from the story:

  • Centrowitz's track career at Andrew Jackson High in the PSAL began with ambitions as a freshman to become a pole vaulter. By the end of the year he was running the mile in 4:30.
  • After transferring to Power Memorial, he latched on with some Manhattan College athletes on long runs through Van Cortlandt Park. "I started to tag along in the back, and saw what they were doing," he said. "It introduced me to the notion of how hard these guys were training."
  • Competing at the International Prep Invitational as a senior, he set a state record of 8:56 for two miles -- only to be outdone by an astonishing 8:40.9 by Craig Virgin.

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