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Aaron Glickstein stays unbeaten as Hills West reaches 'AA' final

Half Hollow Hills West pitcher Aaron Glickstein delivers

Half Hollow Hills West pitcher Aaron Glickstein delivers a pitch in the Suffolk Class AA baseball loser's bracket final between No. 2 Half Hollow Hills West and No. 9 Commack on Tuesday, May 27, 2014. Credit: Steven Ryan

Aaron Glickstein hadn't allowed a run since his second start of the season. The Half Hollow Hills West junior had been nearly unhittable for the past two months.

Tuesday started differently for the Colts' ace but ended the same way -- with a win.

Glickstein extended his scoreless streak to 41 innings before Commack struck for three runs in the second inning to forge a lead. He settled down to retire 16 of the next 18 batters and host Half Hollow Hills West mounted a late comeback to beat Commack, 7-4, in the consolation bracket final of the Suffolk Class AA baseball tournament.

Glickstein allowed six hits, struck out six and gave up two earned runs. He is a county-best 10-0 with an ERA of 0.65.

Hills West will play at West Islip in the championship round Wednesday at 4 p.m. If the Colts win, the teams would play again at 4 p.m. on Thursday for the title.

"Commack got up on us and we responded," Half Hollow Hills West coach Tom Migliozzi said. "No one hit Aaron all year. It was ridiculous how well he pitched. A streak can only last so long and I like the way he reacted to the adversity."

The Colts scored twice in the second on Mike Marino's RBI single and a bases-loaded walk to Tom DiGiorgi to cut the deficit to 3-2. Pinch hitter Matt Feinstein's sacrifice fly in the fifth scored DiGiorgi to tie it at 3.

"We had the early momentum and we let it get away," said Commack shortstop Jesse Berardi, who made two spectacular diving plays, including a theft of what looked like a certain line-drive single to center off the bat of Brice Dailey to end the sixth.

"Berardi is a great player," Migliozzi said. "I'm glad we're done with him."

Commack, which made the postseason via an extra-inning win over League I champion Ward Melville, lost in the opening round to West Islip and then reeled off four straight wins.

The Cougars' run ended when Hills West scored four times in the sixth. DiGiorgi broke the tie with an RBI single, Tyler DeLucia lined a two-run single and Justin Pelletier added an RBI single to make it 7-3.

"It was a 2-and-1 fastball down the middle," DiGiorgi said of his go-ahead hit. "It felt good to get the big hit."

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