By Skip Pearlman
Haldane (12-3) received the No. 1 seed among four teams in Section 1, Class C, and will host No. 4 Keio (2-12) on May 28. The winner will advance to the title game on May 30.
Beacon, the No. 19 seed of 20 teams in Section 1, Class A, on May 22 upset No. 14 Lincoln (9-9), 27-4, but was upended on May 23 by No. 3 Pearl River (16-4), 17-0, in five innings. The Bulldogs finished 8-14.
The Beacon High School squad has been inconsistent on offense all season, and that inconsistency hurt the eighth-seeded Bulldogs on May 20 as they bowed out of the Section, 1 Class A playoffs in the first round with a 4-0 loss at Dutchess Stadium to ninth-seeded Harrison (12-9).
Harrison scored once in the fourth inning, twice in the fifth and once in the sixth, and that was it. The Bulldogs, who finished 12-8-1, managed just three hits off Huskies starter Mike Corso, a pitcher they had chased out in the second game of the season.
“We couldn’t hit the fastball, and that’s something we’ve worked on,” said Manager Bob Atwell. “He shut us down.”
Matt Monzoeillo started for Beacon, allowing eight hits and taking the loss. “Matt pitched well enough to win,” Atwell said, “but we didn’t help him” with six errors.
Nick Lepere was the only Bulldog to have success at the plate, going 2-for-3.
In the Section 1, Class C tournament, which includes four teams, No. 4 Haldane was eliminated on May 23 after losing the first two games in a best-of-three series against No. 1 Tuckahoe, 4-0 and 10-0.
Photos by S. Pearlman