NEW PALTZ — Tri-Valley played in its third straight Section 9 Class C championship game on Thursday afternoon at New Paltz, but the Bears weren’t able to make it back-to-back Section 9 titles.
Rhinebeck scored eight runs in the first two innings en route to an 11-5 victory. It was Rhinebeck’s first Section 9 baseball championship.
Tri-Valley did make a rally, bringing the tying run to the plate in the sixth inning. Rhinebeck got out of the jam and added three more runs in the bottom of the sixth to pull away for good.
For more on this, check out my game story in Friday’s paper.
Check out the video above for game highlights and a postgame interview with Tri-Valley’s Rodney Jester.
The game was delayed 90 minutes because of the NYSPHSAA’s heat index rule. Teams cannot take the field if the heat index is at 96 or above. Tri-Valley, which had arrived at the field at 2:15, had to wait until 5:30 p.m. for the game to start.
I wrote a story about both the approach of both teams as they faced the heat delay. Check that out in Friday’s paper as well.
With warm temperatures predicted for Friday and Saturday as well, you can expect some delays at other Section 9 events. Make sure to bring plenty of water and sunscreen if you’re heading out.
I’ll be covering the Class AA final between Kingston and Minisink Valley tomorrow at Pine Bush. For updates, check out my Twitter feed: @THR_Montgomery.
Sal Interdonato will be covering the Class A final between Cornwall at Red Hook at Cantine Field in Saugerties. For updates from that game, follow: @salinterdonato.