WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. Joe DiDonato delivered the first big hit for Harrison in the second inning and Peter Hoffman topped it with a home run Friday as Harrison went on to defeat White Plains, 9-4.
DiDonato had a two-run single to start the scoring in the second, and Hoffman belted a three-run homer to punctuate the five-run inning for Harrison in the winner's bracket game of the Little League District 20 baseball's 11-year-old tournament at Gedney Field.
Harrison moves into the winner's bracket final against Kensico at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Volunteer Park. White Plains plays in a loser's bracket game at noon Sunday at Pat Henry Field against either Eastchester or Elmsford.
Hoffman also had an RBI single in the first inning. DiDonato added a third RBI on a fielder's choice in his next at-bat. Hoffman deposited a 1-2 pitch over the fence in right center, bringing home Joe Tiburzi and Frankie Nannariello, who doubled in DiDonato.
"I was thinking he was going to throw an off-speed pitch because the count was in the pitcher's favor," said Hoffman, who recently turned 12 and is a seventh-grader-to-be at Louis M. Klein Middle School. "I knew it was a curve ball because I saw the pitch come out of his hand early. I sat back and drove it to right field. I didn't think it was going to go out. I just figured it was going to be a double."
Harrison had five hits in the second inning. In two games, it has scored 23 runs.
"In the second inning we were a lot more focused," Hoffman said.
Jack Woolf earned his second win of the tournament as he went five and one-third innings and allowed two earned runs. Nannariello struck out the last two batters to finish the game.
Harrison right fielder Billy O'Meara made the defensive play of the game in the sixth inning, as he charged a line drive and threw out the base runner at first.
Mark Vaughan doubled, singled and drove in a run for White Plains.
Justin Holman doubled and scored, and Anthony Burgio singled and scored. Burgio also struck out three in his inning and a third of work.
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