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Elmsford sweeps to the District 20 Senior title

SILVER LAKE -- Ron DiGiovanni learned about the win late Saturday morning when he went on his computer. The news had spread like wildfire that the Elmsford Little League Baseball Junior team won the District 20 championship earlier in the morning.

This motivated the older guys who did not want to be upstaged by the younger players. Elmsford went out and swept Kensico, 10-4 and 12-0, to win the District 20 Little League Baseball Senior title at Silver Lake Park, Saturday.

Elmsford moves on to the Section 4 Championships, Friday, July 22 through Tuesday, July 26, at Putnam Valley Park in Putnam County. Elmsford opens with the District 33 champ (Northern Westchester), Friday, 5:30 p.m.

DiGiovanni threw a two-hitter with five strikeouts in the second game, which was stopped after five innings because of the 10-run rule. Nick Fanelli had two hits, scored twice and drove in two runs and Jesus Molina doubled had three RBI and also scored two runs.

“It was on Facebook that the juniors won and I saw them holding the championship banner,” said DiGiovanni, 15, and a sophomore-to-be at Archbishop Stepinac. “We felt if they could do it, we can do it too.”

Elmsford also had another motivating factor. Had it split with Kensico, Elmsford would have returned to Silver Lake Park Sunday for a 9 a.m. game. “To wake up on a Sunday morning, even to play baseball, was not what we wanted to do,” said DiGiovanni, with a laugh.

Elmsford secured a sleep-in Sunday morning with a 12-run third inning, sending 17 batters to the plate. Fanelli initiated it with a single and later added a two-run single. Following the lengthy inning, DiGiovanni was not affected. He returned to the mound in the bottom of the third and set down Kensico in order.

“I always tell my teammates to get me one or two runs and I’ll provide the rest,” DiGiovanni said. “If they can do it for me, I have to do it for them. “It feels great to finally win a championship.”

Paul Viviano and Matt Bisesto had Kensico’s hits. In the first game, played earlier Saturday, Elmsford scored four runs in the first innning and led 6-0 through two. Matt Ragone and Jack Davis singled and scored in the first inning and John Alleva and Michael Barbieri scored the third and fourth runs, respectively. Ragone went 43 for 4, including a double, and scored twice and Molina singled and had two runs scored. Bisesto singled and scored for Kensico and Lou Lippolis walked three times and scored a run.

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