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Alyssa Sasuk's two-run single boosts Babylon to Suffolk 'B' title

Babylon coach Rick Punzone joins in his team's

Babylon coach Rick Punzone joins in his team's victory celebration after defeating Center Moriches in the Suffolk Class B softball final on Thursday, May 28, 2015. Credit: Enrique C. Mendez

Alyssa Sasuk's single in the bottom of the sixth drove in Bridgette Rohl and Gwen Donaldson for the tying and go-ahead runs as No. 2 Babylon defeated top-seeded Center Moriches, 3-2, for the Suffolk Class B softball championship Thursday.

Allie Stanya threw a six-hitter with eight strikeouts, two walks and an earned run. Erin Going and Donaldson had two hits each.

Center Moriches came into the playoffs with a 21-0 record, including two regular-season wins over Babylon.

"I used the expression 'we have to slay the giants,'" coach Rick Punzone said. "We beat them on Saturday and I told them, 'we have the giants down.' Today we had to keep them down."

Babylon was able to keep Center Moriches down despite a lineup that includes four freshman and a seventh-grader.

Babylon (17-3) will play East Rockaway for the Long Island championship 4 p.m. on Thursday at St. Joseph's College.

East Rockaway 9, Wheatley 6: Eighth-grader Emily Chelius allowed two earned runs and struck out four to pick up her fourth win of the playoffs and lead No. 4 East Rockaway over third-seeded Wheatley in the clinching game of its Nassau Class B championship series.

Chelius has allowed only three runs in her four wins.

"She has a disposition much older than her age," coach Joe Lores said, "She is very poised and has a love for the sport."

Jessica Loyer went 2-for-4 with a run scored and three RBIs and Erika Acampora went 1-for-2 with a run scored and three RBIs. Wheatley's Samantha Hurtado struck out six and scattered nine hits.


Connetquot 5, Smithtown East 4: Aaron Gagliano lined a walk-off single with one out in the seventh inning, driving in Christian Nissen from second base to give Connetquot the victory over Smithtown East in the deciding game of their best-of-three Suffolk Class AA semifinal series.

Top-seeded Connetquot (21-3) will face second-seeded Ward Melville (21-2) in the best-of-three championship series beginning at noon tomorrow in Bohemia.

"I stayed on top of the pitch," Gagliano said after emerging from a swarm of happy teammates. "They battled back in the seventh inning and we responded."

Smithtown East (17-5) tied the score at 4 in the top of the seventh with a two-out, three-run rally. Matt DiPietro and Matt Milne lined run-scoring singles to tie it.

Gagliano's two-run single gave the Thunderbirds a 4-1 lead. John Hengge allowed five hits and one earned run in 62/33 innings.

Division 3, Manhasset 1: Brandon O'Brien threw a five-hitter to lead No. 1 Division over No. 13 Manhasset in the third and deciding game in a Nassau Class A semifinal series.

James Varela's RBI single gave Division (23-4) a 2-1 lead in the first. Division will play North Shore in the best-of-three championship series beginning Saturday at noon at Farmingdale State.

Bayport-Blue Point 8, Shoreham-Wading River 1: Jake Liberatore hit a three-run home run to put No. 3 Bayport-Blue Point (21-4) ahead 6-0 in the fourth against No. 5 Shoreham-Wading River in Game 1 of the Suffolk A best-of-three final. Jake Scimone allowed no earned runs in a complete game. Game 2 is at 4 p.m. Friday at Shoreham-Wading River.

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