PINE BUSH – I tried to explain this wacky game in my story for Tuesday’s paper…but I think I’ll just leave some bullet point thoughts here. Long story short, No. 7 Minisink Valley scored two runs in the top of the ninth inning to upset No. 2 Pine Bush in a Section 9 Class AA quarterfinal Monday at Mataraza Field.
- Pine Bush’s John Cain was nasty in the first two innings. He allowed one hit and walked one, but recorded all six outs via the strikeout. That swing-and-miss dominance didn’t last long, as he got just one batter with the strikeout over the next six innings.
- Minisink Valley’s John-Michael Guarino looked like he was going in the opposite direction in the first two innings. He gave up one run in the first and another in the second as Pine Bush put runners on the corners with no out and a 2-0 lead. Guarino used a foul pop, a pop to shortstop and strikeout to get out of the jam. He settled down and allowed just two baserunners over his next four innings.
- Minisink Valley’s Bobby Maxwell was tagged out at home trying to score on a fly ball to end the top of the fourth. Brian Guzman made a strong throw from center and Tyler Wood applied the tag to make it a double play.
- The Warriors got a sac fly run in the fifth, but that was it. Through six innings, Pine Bush held a 2-1 lead.
- In the seventh, Chris Davignon tied it at 2-2 with a double to center. Josh Walker put Minisink ahead with his triple to deep right center. With Walker on third and just one out, the Warriors couldn’t score him. They couldn’t hold a one-run lead, either.
- Pine Bush’s Tommy Walraven drove in the game-tying run with a single to left in the bottom of the seventh. With two out and the bases loaded, Pine Bush’s Christian Maldonado ripped a line drive down the first base line, but Walker – who is 6-foot-5, by the way – had to leap pretty high to snare it and save the game.
- After an uneventful eighth, Walker untied it again with a double in the ninth. Maxwell added an insurance run by driving in Walker.
- Maxwell worked into a bit of trouble in the ninth, as Pine Bush put runners on first and second with one out on a pair of infield singles. Maxwell got a fly ball to left and a fly ball to right to end the game.
- Cain certainly was able for Pine Bush. He threw 120 pitches over eight innings. Pine Bush went to Mike Fontanzez in the ninth. Fontanez was slated to start tomorrow’s game had Pine Bush won.
- Guarino, who scored runs in the seventh and ninth innings and leading off both innings with singles, was pretty great on the mound as well, especially after his rough start. He had a 7-pitch third, an 8-pitch fourth, a 15-pitch fifth and a 14-pitch sixth. That efficiency might come in handy tomorrow as Minisink Valley plays No. 3 Roosevelt at Dutchess Stadium at 5 p.m.
- Check out the video above for highlights and interviews with Guarino and Walker.
It was also the end of an era Monday, as Pine Bush head coach Tom Walraven coached the final game of his 32-year career. He’s decided to retire from coaching, but plans on teaching for one more year, his 39th, this fall.
I’ll have more on Walraven’s decision in Tuesday’s paper.
I’m planning on covering the three boys’ lacrosse finals in Middletown on Tuesday, so look for updates from those games on Twitter: @THR_Montgomery.