John Jay, Arlington two wins away from state baseball titles; Tappan Zee, Marlboro eye softball championships
When John Jay-Cross River started its season with a 3-4 record, the Indians didn't exactly look like a state championship-caliber team.
But John Jay turned things around and now finds itself just two wins away from capturing a state title.
Weather permitting, the Indians (18-8) will play Williamsville South (18-2) at 1 p.m. Saturday in the Class A semifinals in Binghamton. The winner will face either undefeated Bayport-Blue Point or Queensbury in the title game at 4 p.m. Saturday.
Three other Hudson Valley baseball and softball teams are also scheduled to play in separate semifinal matchups Saturday – Arlington in baseball, and Tappan Zee and Marlboro in softball.
John Jay, which has allowed just eight runs in six postseason games, reached the semifinals by eliminating defending state champ Cornwall 9-2 on Wednesday night.
“The only word I can use to describe this is unreal,” senior shortstop Jack Weiller told Newsday partner MSG Varsity. “The pitching has been spectacular and the bats have really come out the last couple of games. At the beginning of the year, we started off slow, but we’ve been able to get it going the right way.”
In Class A, Arlington (20-5) will face top-ranked Clarence (20-2) at 1 p.m. Saturday in the semifinals, also in Binghamton. The winner will play either Ward Melville or Baldwinsville at 4 p.m. Saturday.
The Admirals reached the semifinals by defeating Minisink Valley 10-3 on Wednesday. Arlington pitcher Joe DeRosa allowed just four hits over six innings. More at MSGVarsity.com.
Tappan Zee (21-4) will play Hamburg (17-4) at 9 a.m. Saturday in Queensbury in the Class A semifinals. The winner will face either Troy or defending state champion Sayville at 2 p.m. Saturday.
The Lady Dutchmen advanced to the semis by beating Maine-Endwell 3-0 in the regional round. In that game, Tappan Zee's Kelly Connolly went 3-for-4 and hit a two-run triple. More at MSGVarsity.com.
The game will pair two of the state's better pitchers. Tappan Zee's Paulina Gutkin is 19-4 and is coming off a shutout. Hamburg is led by All-State pitcher Bridget Hogan, a Niagara commitment.
In Class B, Marlboro (22-1) will face Chatham (23-0), the defending state champ and the state's top-ranked team. The game starts at 10 a.m. Saturday, also in Queensbury.
The winner will meet either Wayland-Cohocton or Windsor at 3 p.m. Saturday for the state title.
Marlboro reached the semifinals after knocking off Babylon 8-3 on Wednesday. Aubrey Bianco was the winning pitcher and also delivered a two-run double. Senior first baseman Megan Diamond leads the Iron Dukes with a .492 batting average.