PUTNAM VALLEY, N.Y. -- Harrison could sense it -- the Section 4 Championship -- as its grip grew stronger going into the sixth inning Monday.
Harrison held what appeared to be an insurmountable eight-run lead against Pearl River. However, Pearl River did not view the deficit in that regard. Pearl River would generate an incredible rally, resulting in 11 runs and a shocking 13-10 win over Harrison in the Section 4 Little League Baseball 9-10-year-old championship at Putnam Valley Town Park.
Pearl River moves on to the state championships that begin Thursday and run through Wednesday, July 28, at Burnt Hills.
Pearl River rallied in its final at-bat to win the District 18 (Rockland County) title. The Rockland County titlists generated the 11 runs on five hits, none bigger than from Brendan Tarsnane and Jack McKee. Tarsnane fell behind in the count, 0-2, fought back to even it and then produced a two-run double down the left-field line. McKee also faced a quick, two-strike count and fouled off three pitches, worked a full count then drilled a two-run single to right center.
Prior to Pearl Rivers unbelievable comeback, Harrison was in complete control of the game, scoring five runs in the fourth inning to take a 7-2 lead. Harrison tacked on three more runs in the bottom of the fifth. Derek Ferraros two-run double highlighted the five-run fourth inning and Jack Wolf doubled in Ferraro and Michael DiDonato in the fifth. Frank Nannariello doubled home Michael Arlotta in the first inning and Michael DiDonato plated his brother, Joe, in the second inning. Wolf had two doubles among his three hits and three RBI. Arlotta went 2 for 4 with an RBI and two runs scored and Ferraro finished with two doubles and three RBI.
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