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Harrison Rallies To Capture District 20 Title

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- Harrison built a five-run lead after five innings then held off a game Rye team Tuesday to capture the 11-and-under District 20 Little League title with a 9-7 victory at Gedney Field.

Relief pitcher Scott Lobel struck out five batters over three innings to earn the victory and was relieved by Will Marriott with two outs in the final inning. Marriott struck out Dusty Mion, who had hit a home run for Rye earlier in the game, for the final out.

“He hit a home run off me the last time we played and he has a lot of power,” said Marriott, who also hit a run-scoring double. “We just tried to pitch him outside. I was happy I got him this time.”

Harrison, unbeaten in the double-elimination playoff tournament, held off the resilient Rye squad to advance to a July 27 regional playoff tournament in upstate Pine Bush. Rye lost both of its playoff games to Harrison.

Lobel, who drove in two runs and scored twice, helped key a four-run fourth inning when Harrison erased Rye's 3-2 lead.

“I just wanted to throw strikes on the mound and we wanted to get good pitches to hit,” said Lobel, who had two hits. “Everyone on our team tries to get good at bats. They came back, but we held on.”Will Pizzutello was a key to Harrison’s offense, scoring the first run and again in the four-run fourth inning.

“We just had good at bats and we ran the bases well,” Pizzutello said. “It’s great to win the District.”

Harrison coach Dawn Hendler, who took a celebration dousing, said his team had some jitters but that they held on.

“We played very well in the tournament, but tonight with the lights, the atmosphere, we made some mistakes,” Hendler said. “But the boys were aggressive on the bases and made their at bats count. We’re thrilled to win this thing.”

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