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Harrison Advances to Section 4 Winners' Final

PATTERSON, N.Y. -- Harrison is a perfect two for two in the Section 4 Little League Baseball 9-10-year-old Championship. Noa Oki and Michael Arlotta had consecutive doubles in a three-run third inning as Harrison overcame Rhinebeck (District 17), 5-2 in a winners’ bracket semifinal Wednesday, at Patterson Little League.

Harrison, which beat Warwick (District 19), 10-1 in its opener Tuesday, will play Pearl River (District 18/Rockland County) in the winners’ bracket final Friday, 3:30 p.m. The winner moves into the final Sunday, 10 a.m.

Rhinebeck led 2-0 going into the bottom of the third, when Harrison struck. Mike DiDonato opened the inning with a walk and Jack Wolf followed him with a free pass. Oki doubled to center field, chasing DiDonato home and Arlotta stepped in and smacked a double to left field, scoring Wolf and Oki.

“In the bottom of the third inning, we got aggressive on the casemates and had a couple of delayed steals, which helped us, and we had a couple of key hits,” Harrison manager Lou Arlotta said.

Harrison tacked on a run in the fourth and fifth innings, Billy O’Meara earned the win, going 4 2/3 innings with seven strikeouts. Oki closed out the game.

In its win over Warwick, Harrison broke open a 1-1 tie with a seven-run fifth inning. Arlotta said the team batted around, reminiscent of its nine-run against Eastchester in the District 20 winners’ bracket final. Wolf, Frankie Nannariello and O’Meara combined on the win.

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