It appeared Game 3 was just about a lock. MacArthur dropped Game 1, but led 7-0 going into the bottom of the sixth inning and had lefthander Josh Barry and his 0.89 ERA on the mound.
But Calhoun rallied with an eight-run inning to win the Nassau Class AA championship. No. 2 Calhoun swept the best-of-three series and won the championship for the first time since 2002.
"We started rallying and I thought the excitement was premature," Ryan Kass said. "It was pretty amazing."
Jake Thomas walked, Robbie Rosen was hit by a pitch and Frank Trimarco drove in Thomas to make it 7-1. Alex Ras reached on an error and Thomas Viverito had an RBI on a fielder's choice as shortstop Nick McQuail made a great diving stab to get a force at third base.
Zach Goldstein drove in a run to make it 7-3 and after a fly ball to centerfield, Dan Sullivan was hit by a pitch. Kass hit a two-run single to make it 7-5.
"I thought I was going to get a hit until he got the second strike on me and then I didn’t feel so good," Kass said. "He has so many pitches to get you out on. Then he left a curveball up and I hit it."
Thomas, the 10th batter of the inning, walked and Andrew Mege was brought in to face Rosen, who reached on an error allowing three runs to score.
There were three hits, two walks, two hit batsmen and two errors in the inning. Two of the eight runs were earned.
"We weren’t into it," Rosen said, "but as we got runners on we got some life. This is once in a lifetime."
Joe Saladino came into the game in relief with no outs in the fifth and a runner on first base and allowed two runs before retiring the last seven he faced to get the win.
Said Thomas: "This is the best feeling I could ever imagine. I told everyone on the bench we still have this game. Going into the day, we wanted to end it. They're such a good team that if we gave them another day they could win that game, too. We have a great hitting team and we know we can come back regardless of the deficit.The hitting comes eventually with our team."