EASTCHESTER, N.Y. Mark DeLorenzo made excellent contact with the ball in the bottom of the fifth, then put his head down and ran. The 12-year-old Eastchester baseball player was curious to know what he had done, but he did not want to look. Once he heard the roar of the crowd at ORourke Field, he knew.His shot hit the top of the fence in straight-away center and bounced over, capping a four-run inning Thursday as Eastchester rallied to beat Ardsley, 6-5, in the District 20 Little League Baseball Majors winners bracket final. Eastchester moves into the final Sunday at 5:45 p.m. at Pat Henry Field in Valhalla. Ardsley moves to the losers bracket and will play Rye Saturday at 2 p.m. at McDowell Field in Ardsley. The winner meets Eastchester for the title. Luca Fava and Nick Baglio scored on DeLorenzos home run. Nick Koutoulos led off the inning with a home run off the flag pole, also in straight-away center. I was just trying to make contact, said DeLorenzo, a seventh-grader-to-be at Eastchester Middle School. I didnt think he was going to throw me a curveball, so I was looking for the fastball. I thought it might be gone when I hit it, but I just put my head down. DeLorenzo said the team received an energy boost from Koutoulos home run. Eastchester was given the opportunity to rally thanks to leftfielder John Satriale, who turned in the defensive play of the game. In the fifth inning, Satriale angled back and, when he got to the fence, reached up and stole a two-run homer from Yuhan Bae. I got a good jump on the ball, said the 12-year-old Satriale, a seventh-grader-to-be at Tuckahoe Middle School. I was looking back to see exactly where I was. When I got to the wall, I hit it then I caught the ball. I was just amazed that I made such a catch. DeLorenzo was not surprised, at all. That would have made the score, 7-2, but John made a great play and that kept us in the game, DeLorenzo said. Ardsley led, 5-2, through four thanks to the bat of Julian McGarvey. He drilled a two-run single in the first inning, scoring Sean Casey and Rusty Chenard, and in the third he hit a long home run. Ardsley leftfielder Tyler Olmo also turned in an outstanding defensive play. In the second inning, Olmo caught a fly ball and threw out an Eastchester runner at the plate.
Ardsley 301 010 5 4 1Eastchester 020 04x 6 8 3
RBI A: Julian McGarvey, 3; E: Mark DeLorenzo, 3, Alston Tarry, 2, Nick Koutoulos. 2B E: Alston Tarry. HR A: Julian McGarvey; E: Mark DeLorenzo, Nick Koutoulos. WP Danny Kripple. LP Danny Kastin.
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