EASTCHESTER, N.Y. Mark DeLorenzo made solid contact with the ball in the bottom of the fifth inning Thursday, then put his head down and ran. The 12-year-old Eastchester baseball player was curious to know what he had done, but did not want to look. Once DeLorenzo heard the roar of the crowd at ORourke Field, he knew what happened.
DeLorenzos shot hit the top of the fence in straight-away center field and bounced over, capping a four-run inning as Eastchester rallied for a 6-5 win over Ardsley in the District 20 Little League Baseball Majors winners bracket final.
Eastchester moves into the final at 5:45 p.m. Sunday at Pat Henry Field in Valhalla. Ardsley moves to the losers bracket and will play Rye at 2 p.m. Saturday at McDowell Field in Ardsley. The winner meets Eastchester for the title.
Luca Fava and Nock Baglio scored on DeLorenzos home run. Nick Koutoulos led off the inning with a home run off the flag pole, also in straight-away center field.
I was just trying to make contact, said DeLorenzo, a seventh-grader-to-be at Eastchester Middle School. I didnt think he was going to throw me a curve ball, so I was looking for the fastball.
I thought it might be gone when I hit it, but I just put me head down.
DeLorenzo said the team received an energy boost from Koutoulos home run.
Eastchester was given the opportunity to rally thanks to left fielder John Satriale, who turned in the defensive play of the game. In the fifth inning, Satriale angled back on a fly ball and, when he got to the fence, reached up and took away a two-run homer from Yuhan Bae.
I got a good jump on the ball, said the 12-year-old Satriale, a seventh-grader-to-be at Tuckahoe Middle School. I was looking back to see exactly where I was. When I got to the wall, I hit it, then I caught the ball. I was just amazed that I made such a catch.
DeLorenzo was not surprised at all.
That would have made the score, 7-2, but John made a great play and that kept us in the game, DeLorenzo said.
Ardsley led, 5-2, through four thanks to the bat of Julian McGarvey. He drilled a two-run single in the first inning, scoring Sean Casey and Rusty Chenard, and, in the third, he hit a long home run.
Ardsley left fielder Tyler Olmo also turned in an outstanding defensive play. In the second inning, Olmo caught a fly ball and threw out an Eastchester runner at the plate attempting to tag up and score.
Ardsley 301 010 5 4 1 Eastchester 020 04x 6 8 3
RBI A: Julian McGarvey 3; E: Mark DeLorenzo 3, Alston Tarry 2, Nick Koutoulos. 2B E: Alston Tarry. HR A: Julian McGarvey; E: Mark DeLorenzo, Nick Koutoulos. WP Danny Kripple. LP Danny Kastin.
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