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Harrison Beats White Plains for District 20 Title

HAWTHORNE, N.Y. -- Peter Hoffman had not pitched during the District 20 Little League Baseball 9-10-year-old Championship, but Harrison manager Lou Arlotta liked what he saw and heard. “I told Peter I was giving him the ball and he said, ‘Fine, I’m ready,’” Arlotta said. “I could tell he was confident.” Hoffman went out, allowed two runs and struck out seven in 4 2/3 innings as Harrison defeated White Plains, 3-2 to win the title Saturday at Sherman Park Little League.

Harrison advanced to the Section 4 Championship, which begins Tuesday and runs through next Monday. Putnam County's Patterson Little League is hosting the six-team tournament. Harrison opens with the District 19 (Orange and Sullivan Counties) champion, 5:30 p.m. The first game, 3:30 p.m., is Putnam Valley (District 33) playing Southern Westchester (District 21).

Southern Dutchess County (District 17) and Pearl River (District 18) drew first-round byes. Jack Wolf scored in the first inning, Wolf would score in the third inning, on a Noa Oki single. Oki would also score in the inning, thrusting Harrison to a 3-0 lead.

“Peter throws strikes and he was able to handle the pressure,” Arlotta said. “We made some big-time plays on defense. “We played excellent in this tournament. We have 12 boys who can come up big for us at any time.”

White Plains scored twice in the fourth inning. Frankie Nannariello, who closed out the win over Easctchester earlier in the week, got his second save, finishing out the game. This is Arlotta’s fourth District 20 title, but the first in baseball. Arlotta also won three consecutive district softball titles with his daughter, Brianne. They won the 9-10-year-old championship, then followed it with two straight majors’ softball crowns.

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