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Suffolk baseball recap and look ahead

From left, Hills West's Justin Pelletier, David Golinowski

From left, Hills West's Justin Pelletier, David Golinowski and T.J. Montalbano celebrate their 5-4 win over East Islip. (May 15, 2013) (Credit: Alan J Schaefer)

Four teams in Class AA and A will have the opportunity to advance in the winners’ bracket of their respective classes. On the flip side, seasons will be on the line as six elimination games will be played across both classifications. Class B and C also begin their tournaments.

Class AA

Four teams have advanced undefeated through the first two rounds of Suffolk’s double elimination tournament and three of those teams hail from League I.

No. 2 Ward Melville, No. 4 Commack and No. 11 Longwood represent Suffolk’s top league. The other undefeated team is No. 9 Half Hollow Hills West. Commack plays Hills West and Ward Melville plays Longwood on Monday for berths in the winners’ bracket final.

To get to this point, Longwood upset No. 6 Smithtown East and No. 3 Sachem East. Camden Orologio was the hero in both wins for the Lions, with go-ahead RBI hits in the seventh inning of each game.

David Golinowski was the hero in Hills West’s upsets of No. 8 Connetquot and No. 1 East Islip. Golinowski combined to go 5-for-9 with eight RBIs in both games, including a clutch two-out, two-run home run in the seventh inning to lift Hills West over East Islip.

East Islip and Sachem East are the two highest seeds that have a loss. Their seasons will be on the line in elimination games on Friday – East Islip will play No. 7 Hills East and Sachem East squares off against No. 12 Smithtown West.

Connetquot hosts No. 10 Kings Park and Smithtown East travels to No. 5 Deer Park with each team looking to prolong its season at least one more game.

Class A

The big upset in Class A was No. 7 Glenn over No. 2 Eastport-South Manor. James Groark came up with a masterful pitching performance for Glenn, twirling a complete game three-hit shutout with six strikeouts. Glenn plays No. 3 Sayville for a spot in the winners’ bracket final and ESM will have to battle back starting tomorrow against No. 6 Shoreham-Wading River.

No. 1 Bayport-Blue Point stayed undefeated as lefty Jack Piekos threw a no-hitter with 10 strikeouts to lead the Phantoms over No. 8 Rocky Point.

Ethan Fox delivered a walk-off single scoring Vin Bua in the bottom of the eighth as No. 4 Miller Place edged No. 5 Mt. Sinai 7-6.

Class B

In class B No. 1 Southampton hosts No .4 Babylon and No. 2 Center Moriches hosts No. 3 Mattituck as the double elimination tournament kicks off.

Class C

The class C tournament also starts on Friday as No. 2 Southold hosts No. 3 Port Jefferson for the right to square off with No. 1 Pierson/Bridgehampton.

Tags: Suffolk , baseball , Class AA , Class A , Class B , Class C

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