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One could not have asked for a better day or atmosphere for this great event. From the beautiful weather to Gabby Landicino's stirring rendition of the national anthem, Kevin T. Van Meter's pipes and music, and the all-out hustle and sportsmanship displayed by both teams, it was a day to remember:
Yorktown baseball coach Sean Kennedy said after his team lost the first game of its doubleheader on May 12, a 6-5 loss to visiting Our Lady of Lourdes, it may have been very difficult to get up for the next game against almost any other opponent.
However, no matter how emotionally drained the Huskers (8-8) may have been, Kennedy knew his team would be able to get up for the next game because it was against Lakeland for the Sorrentino Cup.
The host Huskers earned the cup with an exhilarating 4-3 triumph in eight innings on a one-out home run by Ryan Fagan, which went over the left-center field wall.
"I knew when I got up at bat, the main thing to do was to get on base, hit the ball hard," Fagan said. "I wasn't trying to hit it out but I was trying to at least get a solid single, double to help the team."
Getting a game-winning homer is special any time but especially in this game.
"Lakeland is a really good team, we have always had a very good rivalry with them and to do it in the Sorrentino Cup, in my senior year, is amazing," Fagan said.
Lakeland (9-6) got the game's first two runs in the opening-inning, when Anthony Fava grounded out to drive in Ray Bozek, who had doubled. Matt Wright then homered to put the Hornets up 2-0.
A RBI on a fielder's choice by Yorktown's Tim Keiling cut the Hornets' lead in half before they got back up to two on a RBI base hit by Andrew Martinez in the fifth.
Yorktown would tie the game with a home run by starting pitcher Dan Rooney in the sixth and a RBI single by Preston Zanon in the seventh.
While his team lost, Lakeland coach Dennis Robinson was able to walk off the field with tremendous pride, knowing his team had taken part in one of the best played games in all of Section 1 this season.
"Our kids played a tremendous ballgame," Robinson said. "We are very proud of them."
The Sorrentino Cup is named after Joe Sorrentino, Jr. who was born Jan. 4, 1965 and died Dec. 12, ‘81. Sorrentino Jr. played football, basketball and baseball at Yorktown.
"It's a special game, it's a game that has a lot of meaning," Kennedy said.
We like to thank Hailey Rosenberg (baseball) and Ashley Robinson (softball) for their cooperation with the stats and lineups:
The baseball diamond wasn't the only field the two local squads played as Lakeland (10-7) and Yorktown (9-7) also played against each other at YHS in softball on May 11, with the Huskers coming out on top 8-2.
Winning the game on the mound for Yorktown was Nicole Wilson. After she gave up two runs in the top of the first, she shutdown the Hornets' offense the rest of the way.
"The biggest thing is that she is getting her location," Yorktown coach John McKenna said. "She had a couple of rough outings, with the ball being left up but we went to work, got back to basics and the ball has been down in the zone, she's been making pitch after pitch now so it's been a good roll for her."
The offense was also rolling for the Huskers as they tied the game at two in the bottom of the second on a sacrifice fly by Lindsay Fedro and an RBI single from Gabi Rosen.
The Huskers then took a 4-2 lead in the third, with the runs coming home on an RBI base hit by Wilson and and a sacrifice fly by Ali O'Connell.
Yorktown increased its lead to 7-2 with three runs in the fourth, two of them scoring on a triple by Amanda Bozentko and a single by Lauren Gorestein, who was 3 for 3 on the day. Miwa Wenzel also had a big day, going 3 for 4 for Yorktown.
Bozentko drove in one more run with a single in the fifth.
Bringing in runs for Lakeland in the top of the first were Jada Draffin with a RBI double and Tori Lichinsky with a groundout.
"It was important for us to get off to a lead, we hit the ball well in the first inning," Lakeland coach Joe Chiara said. "We just couldn't maintain that momentum."
Bozek Leads Rebels
Lakeland/Panas' Emma Bozek registered four goals and an assist with teammate Alexa Bonnes scoring three goals in the Rebels' 19-2 home triumph against Arlington on May 11 according to Chris Perez's post on the LoHud Girls Lacrosse Blog.
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4:30 PM BASEBALL 9th/Frosh NON-LEAGUE LAKELAND HS @ PEARL RIVER HS CENTRAL AVE FIELD, PEARL RIVER
4:30 PM BASEBALL JV LEAGUE JOHN F KENNEDY CATHOLIC HS @ LAKELAND HS
4:30 PM BASEBALL Varsity LEAGUE LAKELAND HS @ JOHN F KENNEDY CATHOLIC HS
4:30 PM SOFTBALL JV NON-LEAGUE LAKELAND HS @ MAHOPAC HS
4:30 PM SOFTBALL Varsity NON-LEAGUE FOX LANE HS @ LAKELAND HS
4:30 PM BASEBALL JV LEAGUE NORTH SALEM HS @ YORKTOWN HS
4:30 PM BASEBALL Varsity LEAGUE YORKTOWN HS @ NORTH SALEM HS
4:30 PM BOYS LACROSSE 9th/Frosh LEAGUE YORKTOWN HS @ HORACE GREELEY HS
6:00 PM GIRLS LACROSSE JV YORKTOWN HS @ SUFFERN HS
4:30 PM GIRLS LACROSSE Varsity YORKTOWN HS @ SUFFERN HS
4:30 PM SOFTBALL 9th/Frosh NON-LEAGUE YORKTOWN HS @ CLARKSTOWN NORTH HS KINGS PARK
4:30 PM SOFTBALL JV LEAGUE NORTH SALEM HS @ YORKTOWN HS CANCELLED-NO RESCHEDULE
4:30 PM SOFTBALL Varsity LEAGUE YORKTOWN HS @ NORTH SALEM HS
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