Westchester Sports Recap0

GOLF

THURSDAY MAY 18 AND FRIDAY MAY 19 The men’s golf team fared well in the Region XV Championships on Friday, posting their best combined score for the season in round two on Friday. Brian Crawford (Carmel HS/Stormville, NY) and Jacob Liebersohn (Ardsley HS/Ardsley, NY) both qualified for the NJCAA Championships, staying close to the top of the board each day. Freshman, Andy Perez (Ossining HS/Ossining, NY) just missed the cut for Nationals by one stroke.

The two-day tournament was held at the Villa Roma under mostly pleasant conditions. The well-manicured course played true both rounds as the teams teed off the tournament on Thursday. Liebersohn played to a score of 82 on Thursday and backed it up with another 82 on Friday. Crawford struggled a bit on Thursday with an 83 but came back on Friday to post a 76. Perez came into the clubhouse with an 84 on Thursday and rallied for an 82 on day two. Chris O’Brien (Ossining HS, Ossining, NY) posted a season low 96 on Friday, but was unable to make it to the opening round due to commencement.

The team scored a combined 713 for the tournament, good for 4th place overall. The NJCAA National Championship will be held at Chautauqua Golf Club in Chautauqua, NY on June 6-9th.

BASEBALL (RECORD 38-13 REGION 16-4, CONFERENCE 16-4)

Champs!!! – Baseball Seizes 4th Straight Region XV Title

May 15, 2017 – Loch Sheldrake, NY

The Vikings defeated Sullivan at Sullivan in the Region XV Championship game, 25-22.

Westchester got on the board right away in the bottom if the first inning when Steve Guzman (JFK HS/Bronx, NY) hit a triple that plated Brian Corporan (HS for Environmental Studies/Bronx, NY). Paul Franzese (Somers HS/Somers, NY) hit a two run homer to take an early 3-0 lead. After the Vikings added a run in the 2nd, trouble found the team in the top of the 3rd.

Nick Cona (Walter Panas HS/Cortlandt Manor, NY) got the start and though he kept the Generals off the board in the first two frames, the momentum changed with a few gusts of the wind. Cona deserved better when he induced three shallow fly balls that were caught in the swirling jet stream and ended up finding the grass for hits. Sullivan made the best of the opportunity hitting a pair of three run home runs in the lopsided inning, that would foreshadow the theme for the day. The Generals would post 3 more runs in the 4th inning to take a 10-4 lead.

The Vikings would cut it to 10-7 in the bottom of the inning, only to see the offensive barrage of Sullivan continue as they scored five in the 5th to go up 15-7. But immediately, WCC plated 7 runs in the bottom of the fifth, to pull within a run at 15-14. The Generals changed the direction of the game once again by scoring six in the 6th and another in the 7th to take a lead that looked to be commanding at the time at 22-15. As the WCC had done all game long, they continued to claw back, posting six runs in the bottom of the 7th to once again cut the lead to 1 at 22-21.

In the top of the 8th, Westchester hurler Triston Olmo (Ardsley HS/Ardsley, NY), who took over in the 6th, kept the Generals at bay before giving way to Luis Gomez (St. Raymond’s HS/Bronx, NY) when he ran into trouble with runners aboard. Gomez threw two pitches to get the final out in the inning, holding Sullivan scoreless for the first inning since the 2nd.

Westchester would then load the bases as the game neared conclusion. Jose Delacruz (George Washington HS/ New York, NY) stepped to the plate and launched a drive over the center field wall for a grand slam to take an astonishing 25-22 lead.

Scottie Giordano (Croton Harmon HS/Croton, NY) entered in the top of the 9th, and recorded the first two outs via the strike out. A base hit, a hit batsman, and an error then loaded the bases for Sullivan, bringing the go ahead run to the plate. Giordano then slammed the door by striking out the last batter swinging to put an end to the scoring and taking the Region XV title.

In addition to the go ahead and winning RBIs, Delacruz was also 4 for 4 with 7 total RBI on the day. Giordano was 4 for 7 with 3 RBIs. Brian Corporan went 4 for 5 with 3 RBI, including a home run, to go with 5 runs scored. Paul Franzese was also 4 for 5 for the game. Gomez was the pitcher of record when WCC took the lead for good as he earned his 11th win of the season, extending his own school record.

The win sends the Vikings to the Eastern District Championship which Westchester l hosted on May 20th and 21st.
SATURDAY MAY 20TH Baseball Knocks off Mercyhurst – Advances To Eastern District Finals
May 20, 2017 – Valhalla, NY

Game 1 pitted UConn Avery Point against the Vikings as the home team. The Pointers gave WCC fits early and often, putting runners on base each of the first two innings. Westchester was able to get out of two jams, but in the 3rd, Avery Point broke thorough with four runs. They tacked on two more in the fourth for a commanding 6-0 lead.

WCC knocked in their first run of the game when Jose Delacruz (George Washington HS/New York, NY) grounded out to score Steve Guzman (JFK HS/Bronx, NY). The Vikings struggled at the plate for the better part of the game as they only had six hits. The Pointers put the game out of reach in the seventh, extending their lead to 11-1, and went on to win game one 11-2.

Game 2 also went to UConn Avery Point as they bested the Mercyhurst 14-6.

The Vikings returned to action in game 3 as they took on Mercyhurst as the visiting team. WCC got on the board first with a run in the 2nd inning thanks to a Niko Haggerty (HS for Environmental Science/Bronx, NY) base hit that scored Alex Borman (Huntington HS/Huntington, NY). In the second, they tacked on another run on a Guzman’s RBI groundout.

Scottie Giordano (Croton Harmon HS/Croton, NY) held Mercyhurst without a hit until the 4th inning, where he ran into some trouble. The Saints scored two to tie the game on a bases loaded HBP and a walk. Giordano was able to bear down and limit the damage though, keeping the game even.

In the top of the 5th, Borman broke the tie with an RBI single that sent home Felix Camacho (St. Raymond’s HS/Bronx, NY). Bobby Wootten (Ardsley HS/Ardsley, NY), then came up and hit an RBI triple that cleared the bases to extend the lead to 5-2. Two more runs in the inning gave the Vikings a five run lead. In the 7th, Westchester plated three more runs on their way to a 10-2 victory to earn a spot in the championship game.

Scottie Giordano pitched seven solid innings, giving up two earned runs while allowing just four hits. Giordano also went 2 for 4 with a double and 2 RBIs at the plate. Brian Corporan matched that, going 2 for 4, with two RBIs on his two doubles.

With the win, the Vikings (1-1) play Avery Point (2-0) for a shot at qualifying for the College World Series. Since the Pointers were 2-0, WCC would have to beat them twice in order to advance.

Ride Comes To End As Baseball Finishes As East District Runners Up
May 21, 2017 – Valhalla, NY

After defeating Mercyhurst on Saturday, WCC came into Eastern District Championship having to win two versus UConn Avery Point to advance to the College World Series. Because they lost the coin toss to determine who bats last, Westchester played the game as the away team.

The Vikings got on the board first with three runs in the first. Steve Guzman (JFK HS/Bronx, NY) knocked in two with an RBI triple. He would later score on a ball out of play to take an early 3-0 lead. The Pointers got one back in the bottom of the inning though, to bring it to 3-1. Westchester plated another run in the 4th to take a 4-1 lead when Brian Corporan (HS for Environmental Studies/Bronx, NY) drew a bases loaded walk.

Triston Olmo (Ardsley HS/Ardsley, NY) got the start in Game 1 and was solid through six innings giving up just one earned run. However, Olmo ran into trouble in the 7th after a lead off bunt and a walk. The Vikings couldn’t hold the lead though as a 3-run homer by the Pointers tied the game at 4. A few batters later, Avery Point took the lead on a ground ball through the hole on the left side. The offensive onslaught kept coming as they strung together several base hits to extend the lead to 9-4.

After hitting early, the Vikings were only able to post two hits after the 5th inning, and were unable to close the gap once Avery Point took the lead. They would go on to lose 10-4. For the game, Steve Guzman was 1 for 3 with 2 RBIs. Alonso Tenya went 1 for 2 with two walks. Olmo pitched 6 plus innings giving up 3 earned runs while scattering 4 hits in the no decision.

The loss ends what was a successful season for WCC as they finish as the Eastern District Runners up with a 38-13 overall record on the season.

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