Section 9 baseball tournament opening day wrap-up

SLATE HILL — It looked like it might be a slugfest after one inning, as both Valley Central and Minisink Valley put some runners on base.

But this Section 9 Class AA quarterfinal turned into a pitcher’s duel pretty quickly.

Valley Central senior James Karinchak struck out 16 in a two-hitter and Dan Delgaizo and Clayton Brooks drove in runs on sacrifice flies in a 2-0 victory for the Vikings. No. 5 Valley Central moves on to play No. 1 Kingston at Gruner Field in a Class AA semifinal on Thursday.

Bryan Johnsen pitched well for Minisink Valley. Aside from those two sac flies in the first two innings, he kept out of trouble and kept his team in the game. Minisink Valley hitters, however, could never find an answer for Karinchak’s tough mix of a fastball with good velocity and his knee-buckling curveball.

Check out the video above for some highlights and my story in Wednesday’s Times Herald-Record for more on this game.

Let’s take a look at the rest of the Section 9 playoff action from Tuesday.

Class AA

  • Kingston 6, Middletown 0
  • Valley Central 2, Minisink Valley 0
  • Warwick 3, Newburgh Free Academy 2
  • Pine Bush 6, Roosevelt 0

So the Valley Central-Minisink Valley game provided the only upset of the day, as the home teams won in each of the other three games in this bracket. Kingston will host Valley Central in one semi and Pine Bush plays host to Warwick in the other. All four of these teams have tons of experience, talent and pitching depth, so it’s really anyone’s game at this point. Should be a good final on Saturday, no matter which teams escape the semifinal round.

Class A

  • Port Jervis 3, New Paltz 2
  • Wallkill 11, Monticello 0
  • Red Hook 4, Cornwall 1
  • Marlboro – bye

One big upset here in Class A, as Red Hook knocked off No. 2 Cornwall. That gives No. 3 Wallkill a home game in the semis, a favorable MHAL matchup for the Panthers. Port Jervis, which beat New Paltz by a run at home as the No. 4 seed, gets a rested No. 1 Marlboro in Thursday’s semifinal round. Cornwall’s strong regular season aside, Marlboro and Wallkill have played like the top two teams in Class A all season, so it would only be fitting if they met again in the finals on Saturday. Marlboro won 3-2, in walkoff fashion, in the MHAL championship game at Cantine Field a few weeks ago. Are we headed toward a rematch?

Class B

  • James I. O’Neill 1, John S. Burke Catholic 0
  • Rhinebeck 4, Onteora 0
  • Highland 1, Sullivan West 0
  • Spackenkill – bye

Not a lot of scoring here in the Class B games. O’Neill’s high-octane offense stalled against rival Burke Catholic, but it was enough to push the No. 2-seeded Raiders into a semifinal game against No. 3 Rhinebeck. Kory Hutchins threw his third no-hitter of the season for Rhinebeck today, so O’Neill will miss him on Thursday. Edge to the Raiders there. Highland scored one run in the top of the first and made it hold up in a road win over No. 5 Sullivan West. The Huskies’ reward? A game at No. 1 Spackenkill, which hasn’t lost since opening the season on a 0-5 skid. So we could be on track for a Spackenkill-O’Neill showdown in the finals here. I caught up with the O’Neill players before the season started – and they said that was the goal they had in the back of their mind during offseason workouts. It’d be a great game if the top two seeds hold up.

Class C

  • Webutuck 6, Tri-Valley 4

Only one game today, as the top three seeds – Chester, S.S. Seward and Tuxedo – all received byes. Tri-Valley had a nice run at the end of the regular season to qualify for the playoffs with five wins in four days, but the long road trip to Webutuck snapped the Bears’ win streak.

No. 1 Chester hosts No. 4 Webutuck and No. 2 Seward plays host to No. 3 Tuxedo in Wednesday’s semifinal games.

Chester took two of three from Seward during the OCIAA Division V regular season, with all three games being very close. Look for those top seeds to advance and meet for a fourth time in the Section 9 final on Saturday.

I’ve made some digital brackets here if you’re looking to follow along at home.

I’m going to be covering Section 9’s boys’ lacrosse teams in the state tournament on Wednesday, but I’ll have scores from the Class C games as they come in. Check out my Twitter page for updates throughout the Section 9 baseball tournament: @THR_Montgomery.

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