PATTERSON, N.Y. -- Following its post-game meeting Sunday, Harrison walked in from the outfield, disappointed but knowing the summer is not over yet. Despite a 12-2 loss to Pearl River in the Section 4 Little League Baseball 9-10-year-old championship at Peck Field, Harrison will get another chance Monday.
Harrison, which emerged from the winners bracket, suffered its first loss of the summer all-star season. The decisive game will be played, 6 p.m., at Putnam Valley Town Park. The winner advances to the New York State Championship. Pearl River scored four runs in the first inning. Harrison got within three runs, at 4-1 in the top of the third, but Pearl River answered with three to increase its lead. Harrison had an uncharacteristic day defensively, making a few errors.
Harrison manager Lou Arlotta agreed. It is not what they are used to doing, but you have to remember, these are 9 and 10-year-old boys, Arlotta said. Arlotta stressed to his players, in the post-game meeting, that they are a good team and the reason they will be playing again is because they are a good team.
Once again, we hit the ball and we hit the ball hard, but when we hit the ball hard we hit it right to them, Arlotta said. And a credit to Pearl River, they hit the ball hard, too. I told the boys this game is already forgotten and I know they will be ready to play tomorrow.
Harrison finished with seven hits, led by catcher Michael Arlotta, who singled and doubled. Peter Hoffman singled in Joey Tiburzi in the third inning. Joe DiDonato walked and scored in the fourth inning.
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