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College signings: 2018 class

Varsity 845 is compiling a list of local seniors who have signed national letters of intent to continue their athletic careers. Email any signing photos to   Baseball Division I Johnny Hipsman (Chester) Richmond Nick Rivera (Monroe-Woodbury) Fairleigh Dickinson Howard Sewell (Middletown) Manhattan Division II T.J. Gregory (Chester) St. Thomas Aquinas Brody Ryan (Warwick) [...]

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845 alumni update: Valley Central grad, Cleveland Indians draft pick James Karinchak

When a baseball coach compares one of today’s pitchers to legendary Nolan Ryan, you take notes. Bryant coach Steve Owens said James Karinchak’s post-game practice reminded him a lot of Hall of Famer. After starts, Karinchak would lift and run that night. When Bryant’s bus would pull in at 2 a.m. from a long-road trip, [...]

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Notebook: Seward puts 5-game winning streak on line in state semifinal

S.S. Seward, which will play its first baseball game since May 26 Friday in the state Class D semifinal, nearly missed the Section 9 playoffs. Bill Steele’s team was 8-9 after an 8-7 loss the Deposit-Hancock, the state’s top-ranked Class D team. The Spartans (13-9) won their last three regular-season games to secure a postseason [...]

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Kingston offense on display in state quarterfinal win

Kingston was raking (is that still hip to say) in its 12-3 state Class AA quarterfinal win over Arlington Saturday. The Tigers’ 1-6 hitters – Avery Short, Sam Tremper, Jon Kivlan, Tyler Kelder, Fritz Genther and Jake McNutt – were a combined 15-for-22 with 10 RBI. The scoreboard read 17 hits for Kingston. Officially, I [...]

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Inside Rondout Valley baseball’s rally in state opener

Rondout Valley senior Andrew Huffman had a message for his teammates Ryan Sheehan and Kyle Altadonna before the top of the seventh inning started. “We are not going down like this,” Huffman said. “Just take a breath and go after it up there.” Huffman was dealing, throwing a n0-hitter through six innings but Rondout Valley [...]

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2017 Section 9 baseball brackets

Defending champion Kingston earned the top seed in the Section 9 Class AA tournament. Cornwall is the top seed in Class A. Defending champion Wallkill is seeded third in the five-team bracket. Spackenkill earned the top seed in Class B. Tri-Valley is the top seed in the four-team Class C bracket. Livingston Manor, the No. [...]

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Warwick ambidextrous pitcher David Ghiloni is rare baseball talent

David Ghiloni thinks the state’s newly-implemented, pitch-count rules need one addition. Ghiloni believes the 105-pitch maximum should be per each hand or arm. The Warwick senior is somewhat biased. He’s mastered pitching and throwing with both hands. Ghiloni is a notch faster from the left side and has more control from the right. “Before every [...]

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All-State baseball teams

The New York State Sportswriters Association released its annual All-State teams today. A total of 38 players from Section 9 were honored, including Marlboro’s Nick Mongelli as the Class B Player of the Year. Marlboro’s Dave Onusko was named the Class B Coach of the Year. The full list will be published soon on [...]

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Marlboro blanks Solvay in semis, moves on to B state final

ENDWELL — Nick Mongelli pitched another gem. Mongelli held Section 3 champion Solvay to five hits over seven scoreless innings, leading Marlboro to a 1-0 victory in a state Class B semifinal at Maine-Endwell High School. As big a role as Marlboro’s senior left-handed ace Mongelli played, Marlboro’s role players also came up big in [...]

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VIDEO: Wallkill’s state quarterfinal win

Wallkill’s Anthony Pacifico limited John Jay-Cross  River to three hits in a 3-1 state Class A quarterfinal. The senior recorded the final out on a swing and miss by Matt Hegarty. The victory sent Wallkill to its first state Final Four in school history. VIDEO: Pacifico on Wallkill’s historic win VIDEO: Final Out/Celebration

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