A glance at Saturday’s baseball and softball state quarterfinals

Four local teams will compete in state quarterfinal baseball and softball games on Saturday. Here’s a quick look at what to expect. For updates this weekend, follow us on Twitter: @THR_Montgomery, @KenMcMillanTHR and @Varsity845.

Wallkill senior pitcher Anthony Pacifico between at-bats during the Section 9 Class A championship game at Cantine Field in Saugerites on May 28, 2016. (WILL MONTGOMERY/TIMES HERALD-RECORD)

Baseball

Class A quarterfinal

Wallkill (11-10) vs. John Jay-Cross River (20-5, Section 1) at Arlington High School, 2:30 p.m.

About Wallkill: The Panthers went above the .500 mark for the first time this season by beating No. 2-seeded New Paltz and No. 1 Cornwall to win a Section 9 title as the No. 3 seed. Senior right-hander Anthony Pacifico, bound for Mercy College, pitched nine innings in the Section 9 final. Wallkill won, 3-2, in 11 innings.

About John Jay: John Jay defeated Maine-Endwell of Section 4, 6-0, in an opening round game on Thursday. Senior Justin Drpich is the team’s hard-throwing closer and he’s also hit two home runs and doubled three times this postseason.

Up next: The winner advances to a state semifinal against the Aquinas Institute-Williamsville East winner at 1 p.m. on Sat., June 11 at Union-Endicott High School.

Marlboro catcher Cole Nicolis reacts after scoring the game’s first run during a state Class B opening round game against Keio Academy at Cantine Field in Saugerties on June 2, 2016. (WILL MONTGOMERY/TIMES HERALD-RECORD)

Class B quarterfinal

Marlboro (19-2) vs. Wheatley (20-5, Section 11) at SUNY Farmingdale, Noon

About Marlboro: The Dukes turned to ace Nick Mongelli in Thursday’s opening round game and the senior left-hander delivered. Mongelli carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning and struck out six in a two-hitter to lead Marlboro to a 5-2 win over Keio Academy. Marlboro aims for its first trip to the Final Four since 2003.

About Wheatley: Wheatley used patience at the plate – drawing walks and getting plunked with pitches – to defeat Center Moriches, 4-2, for the Long Island title on Thursday. Wheatley managed just two hits in the game against Center Moriches starter Liam Pulsipher, son of former Mets pitcher Bill Pulsipher.

Up next: The winner advances to a state semifinal against the Solvay-Seton Catholic (Binghamton) winner at 10 a.m. on Sat., June 11 at Maine-Endwell High School.

 

Class D quarterfinal

Chapel Field (11-6) vs. Smithtown Christian (11-9, Section 11) at PAL Stadium, Holtsville, 1 p.m.

About Chapel Field: The Lions are back in the state tournament after winning five Section 9 Class D championships in six seasons between 2005-2010. Andy Spanjer struck out five over six innings – in a span of two days due to heat index delays – to lead Chapel Field to a 4-2 win over John A. Coleman Catholic in the Section 9 title game.

About Smithtown Christian: Smithtown Christian is the two-time defending state Class D champion. As the only Class D team on Long Island, Smithtown Christian automatically advanced to the state quarterfinals and last played a game on May 12. Smithtown Christian has eliminated the Section 9 champion in the quarterfinal round each of the last three seasons.

Up next: The winner advances to a state semifinal against the West Canada Valley/Windham-Ashland-Jewett winner at 10 a.m. on Sat., June 11 at SUNY Broome.

Marlboro's Taylor Felicello pitches during a state Class B opening round game on Thursday at North Rockland High School. (Allyse Pulliam photo/for the Times Herald-Record)

Softball

Class B quarterfinal

Marlboro (19-3) vs. Center Moriches (23-1, Section 11) at Rhinebeck High School, 2 p.m.

About Marlboro: The Dukes worked in and out of trouble in an opening round game on Thursday, allowing a leadoff baserunner in each inning but holding Pawling to a 2-for-20 mark with runners in scoring position in a 9-4 win. Pitchers Lily Moresco, Cassie Lapointe and Taylor Felicello give head coach Ryan Naccarato plenty of options in the circle.

About Center Moriches: Eight players scored at least one run for Center Moriches in a 10-0 win over Oyster Bay in an opening round game at Hofstra on Thursday. Center Moriches’ only loss was a 14-12 decision at Babylon on April 27.

Up next: The winner advances to a state semifinal against the Ichabod Crane-Saranac winner at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 11 at Moreau Recreational Park.

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