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Tuckahoe Falls to Generals in 10-inning Thriller

EASTCHESTER, N.Y. – The Tuckahoe Youth Association 9-Under baseball team held tough for 10 innings Wednesday before falling to the White Plains Generals 6-2 in the Westchester Baseball Association playoff semifinals at Labriola Field.

“We’ve had such a great season and we’re proud of the way the kids have grown,” TYA coach Jerry DeFabbia said. “White Plains has a great team – we’re both young teams. This was a well-played game and too bad someone had to lose.”

Both teams had already beaten the odds making it to the semifinals, playing in the WBA 10-Under tournament with rosters full of 9-and-Under players in the upper age group playoffs. White Plains took an early 1-0 lead in the first inning, but Tuckahoe responded with a run in the second inning when Aiden Hennagar drove home Justin Lee to tie the game at 1-1.

The Generals got an RBI single from Shane Regan, who drove home Matt Halas to make it 2-1. TYA came back once again in the third when Anthony DeFabbia drove in Jackson Goodman for a 2-2 tie. Jonathan Berger pitched well for TYA, allowing just two runs over four innings before giving way to DeFabbia.

With Halas throwing strikes for White Plains over his six innings of relief and Tuckahoe’s Anthony DeFabbia matching him with four shutout innings of his own, neither team would score for the next six innings until the Generals broke through in the 10th.

“We’ve won tournaments this year against 10-Under teams,” DeFabbia said. “You have to be impressed with the way our kids and theirs played 10 innings without making any real mistakes.”

The other Tuckahoe Youth Association players are: Matt Rinaldi, Griffin Brocchini, Luke Doukas, Jack Gentry, Tim McGrath and Max Mullen.

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