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Pat McFarland helps lift Southold to LI Class C baseball title

Southold's Pat McFarland celebrates at second base after knocking

Southold's Pat McFarland celebrates at second base after knocking in two runs during the Long Island Class C baseball final against East Rockaway at SUNY-Old Westbury on June 1, 2017. Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy

Southold’s Pat McFarland imagined himself as the spark, the catalyst and the finisher at the Long Island Class C championship, and when he walked off the field on Thursday, he was right where he envisioned he would be months prior.

Last season Southold ended with a loss against East Rockaway. The journey took McFarland and the Settlers right back to where it started. Same game, same opponent, different result — a 13-5 victory at SUNY-Old Westbury, and McFarland managed to play many parts.

“All season our goal was win this game and go farther than this,” McFarland, a senior, said.

McFarland, the Settlers’ shortstop, drew the first walk in a two-run first, drove in two runs in a six-run second, and closed the title win with back-to-back strikeouts in the seventh.

Luke Hansen followed McFarland’s leadoff walk with a double, and Shane Zimmer drove in both with a single. It gave Southold a 2-0 lead and proved to be a harbinger for things to come, as the top three in the order combined for 10 RBIs and five runs scored.

The big blow came in the second. Matthew Cardi drew a bases-loaded walk to bring in the third run and ignite a six-run rally. McFarland doubled to center to drive in two runs, Hansen brought in two more with a single to right, and Shane Zimmer capped the rally with one more RBI on a single.

“I think it worked well because we scored a lot off of that,” Hansen said. “It really came through.”

The early 8-0 lead gave an indicator that this game wouldn’t be a repeat of 2016, but the 23-1 Settlers only had to look to a recent loss against Pierson/Bridgehampton during the Suffolk C championship series.

“After rolling and rolling through the year, that game kind of kicked us back into reality where we’ve got to come, work hard and can’t take anything for granted,” McFarland said.

That resilience was on display when East Rockaway posted three runs in the third. Southold pitcher Dylan Clausen responded by taking down the order 1-2-3 the following inning. He won his 10th game, throwing 6 1⁄3 innings, striking out nine, walking three and allowing 11 hits.

McFarland came on in relief in the seventh and finished the game off.

“I knew what we had to do,” McFarland said. “Didn’t know it would come together as well as it did for us, but definitely grateful that it went the way it did.”

Southold faces North Salem 4 p.m. Saturday in the regional final at St. Joseph’s College.

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