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Baseball's Memorial Day Matinee, a preview

I know it's summer when I'm spending a sun-soaked day in the Farmingdale State press box. Tis that time of year again - one of the biggest, baddest days in high school baseball and we here at Newsday have got y'all covered.

I thus present to you, a preview:


Class AA final, Game 1

Who: No. 2 MacArthur takes on No. 4 Carey

When: 11 a.m.

Where: Farmingdale State College

All the news that's fit to pr...type: This has the potential to be the most entertaining series this week. Let's kick if off with the scorching hot Generals, who have made seven of the last 11 championship series, but haven't won a title since taking Class B in 1994. This could be the year for MacArthur, which is being led by standout Jesse Tuozzo, and made quick work of No. 3 Oceanside (11-4, 7-6 in the two-game sweep). Tuozzo went 3-for-4 with two RBIs in game one and struck out 13 on the mound. This is by no means a gimme series, however. Not with giant-slayer Carey in the other dugout. This is a fiesty, persistent crew with very good pitching and the ability to chip away at even the most loaded teams. For proof, look no further than the Seahawks two-game sweep of monster one-seed Calhoun - a heavy favorite to make it all the way to Binghamton. Carey trailed 4-0 in the first inning against Colts ace Joe Christopher and was simply undeterred. The big name out of that team is John Daddino - staff ace and overall big-game pitcher - but don't sleep on Jesse Montalto. The Farleigh Dickinson-bound righty is deceptively effective. He considers himself a control pitcher, but he was hitting close to 90 in his game against Calhoun, per the scout radar gun I was surreptitiously peaking at (journalism, you know).

Fun fact: If MacArthur can pull it out, they'll be (by far) the highest seed left in the highest classification. With upsets of Lindenhurst, Smithtown West, Patchogue-Medford and West Babylon, the highest remaining seed in Suffolk is No. 5 Eastport South-Manor. Same goes for Carey, though the jump is less significant.

Prediction: It'll go three. Oh, you wanna know who's gonna win? No idea. 

Class A final, Game 1

Who: No. 3 Island Trees takes on No. 7 Division

When: 2 p.m.

Where: Farmingdale State College

All the news that's fit to type: Two teams, both alike in dignity, in fair Levittown where we lay our scene. The two Levittown leviathans (chance that will get in my article: 43 percent) square off in the Class A final. How clutch has Island Trees been this postseason? The Bulldogs have played two Game 3s and won both by one measly run and one their first-round game in walkoff fashion. I'm liking Chris Cutrone this postseason. In Game 3 against Garden City, he went 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI and stranded the tying run in scoring position for the save. His complete game against the Trojans in Game 1 earned the Bulldogs the 10-3 win. Division, meanwhile, has been incredible this postseason. The seventh-seeded Blue Dragons have defeated the one, two and six seeds on the way to the finals. Why? Pitching. Sean Abbate - five-hitter against Plainedge, Kyle Jordan - zero earned runs against Plainedge, Mike Rostenberg - no-hitter against South Side.

Fun fact: The two schools are only 2.4 miles apart. They'll both have to travel farther than that for the neutral site.


Class AA winner's bracket final

Who: No. 5 Eastport South-Manor takes on No. 7 Sachem North

When: 11 a.m.

Where: At ESM

What's on the line: Loser must play the winner of No. 8 Commack-No. 10 West Islip in an elimination game Tuesday. Winner gets a coveted day off and automatically advances to the Class AA semifinals.

Class AA loser's bracket semifinal

Who: No. 8 Commack takes on No. 10 West Islip

When: 11 a.m.

Where: At Commack

What's on the line: The season. West Islip just came off a five-game stretch where they played four straight elimination games. Commack, which lost to Hills West in the first round, is in the same boat. This'll be the game to watch tomorrow.


CHSAA final, Game 2 & 3

Who: No. 1 St. Dominic takes on No. 2 Chaminade

When: 11 a.m. If St. Dominic defeats Chaminade, which won Game 1, the teams will play Game 3 in a double-header

Where: NY Tech

All the news that's fit to type: St. Dominic has been struggling in the month of May. After going 12-1, they dropped two to St. Anthony's and struggled against Chaminade in Game 1. Their trump card: Spencer Bilello. He's arguably the team's best pitcher and notched back-to-back-to-back wins (one in three innings of relief) in a 10-day stretch. Steven Goldstein swings the big bat for St. Doms. The Flyers are simply loaded, which they proved in their 8-3 win. Players to watch: Terrence Connely and Tommy Roulis.




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