Where to even begin with Thursday evening’s Section 9 baseball roundup? The phone was ringing in the office all night and the results that came in kept getting crazier by the minute.
Pine Bush 4, Kingston 1
Pine Bush sophomore Evan Lieberman was making his first varsity start, so of course Kingston’s Sean Debrosky was pitching a perfect game through five innings. Pine Bush, however, rallied for four runs in the sixth, capped by Scott Flanick’s bases-clearing double en route to a huge OCIAA Division I victory. Lieberman finished with 5.2 innings pitched, six hits allowed, two strikeouts, three walks and one earned run. He got a no-decision, but that’s not a bad debut at all against a very potent Kingston lineup.
Pine Bush is now 11-3 overall and 8-1 in the division. The Bushmen swept a three-game series against Middletown, winning all three games in the sixth inning or later. The next week, Pine Bush opened the series against NFA with an extra-innings victory. Pine Bush certainly has a flair for the dramatic this year.
Kingston, the defending Section 9 champ and likely most people’s preseason favorite in Division I, if not Class AA, is now 9-5 overall and 5-4 in the division. NFA, Monroe-Woodbury and Middletown are all hanging around, too.
Middletown 1, Warwick 0
Speaking of Middletown, the Middies had a heck of a game Thursday as well. Pat Joyner reached on a walk in the sixth inning, stole second, stole third and scored on Mitch Choros’ suicide squeeze bunt. That was enough for starter Brian Paccione, who threw a 2-hitter with four strikeouts and no walks. Paccione faced 22 batters and never reached a 2-0 count.
Warwick’s Peter Moore pitched a three-hitter.
Livingston Manor 8, Chester 7
Dylan Taggart’s sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 15th inning scored Robert Johanemann with the winning run in a non-league game. Mike Mills had three hits, two RBI and threw 8.2 innings of scoreless relief, striking out 19. Troy Correa won in relief for Manor (8-2), which scored twice in the 14th to tie the game.
Saxon Smith hit a three-run home run and Matt Coffey hit a homer and threw nine innings of 10-strikeout ball for Chester (6-3), which could not hold a late 5-4 lead.
A second game was postponed.
Goshen 4, Cornwall 0
Quinn Carpenter fired a two-hitter, striking out 15 to lead Goshen to an OCIAA Division III home win.
Carpenter, who walked two, added an RBI double. Chase Bouchard was 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI and Tyler Eisenbacher and Ricky Bullen each had an RBI for Goshen (5-10, 2-4 OCIAA).
Jimmy Patterson doubled for Cornwall (11-4, 5-1 OCIAA).
And let’s not forget, Tri-Valley’s Joe Mickelson pitched the 12th perfect game in New York State Public High School Athletic Association history earlier this week. More on Joe coming in the paper on Sunday.
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