VALHALLA, N.Y. Mark DeLorenzo and Alston Tarry each walked back to the dugout very angry following their first at-bats Thursday.
The Eastchester teammates were disappointed in themselves because they had not put the ball in play. DeLorenzo and Tarry both learned from their mistakes and waited for their next turn in the order.
When they stepped into the batters box, they responded with key hits in Eastchesters 12-10 win over Poughkeepsie in the losers bracket final of the Section 4 Little League Baseball Majors Championship at Pat Henry Field.
Eastchester, which has won three straight since losing its first game, will play Stony Point in the final at 5:30 p.m. Friday at Pat Henry Field. Eastchester must win to force a decisive game Saturday.
Striking out is never acceptable to a baseball player, so DeLorenzo made the adjustment. The result was a three-run homer to cap a seven-run third inning.
In my first at-bat, I was not sure if I was ready or not, because I changed my stance, DeLorenzo said. I was pretty annoyed. I wanted to get up again and help the team, because I felt I let them down.
The count was 1-2 and I was looking curveball. He threw me an outside fastball, so I stepped into it and hit it the other way.
Tarry swung at a pitch he knew he should not have in his second at-bat.
I knew it was curveball when I saw it move, so I thought I had to swing at it, said Tarry, 12, a seventh-grader-to-be at Bronxville Middle School. After I swung, I knew it was bad. I wanted to get another at-bat to redeem myself and help the team.
The opportunity came in the sixth inning. With two outs, Paul Puccini walked and John Doherty stroked a double, pushing pinch runner Matt Stern to third. Tarry fell behind in the count, but on a two-strike pitch he ripped a base hit to left field, scoring Stern to increase Eastchesters lead to 11-9.
I was waiting on the pitch. I hit it good, and it went into the hole, Tarry said.
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