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Indians, Patriots Hammer Opponents To Reach Semifinals










WAPPINGERS FALLS – Roy C. Ketcham High School baseball coach Pat Mealy and his colleague at John Jay, Eric Frink, both know the perils of playing an opponent for a third time during the season.

Ketcham has opened the Section 1, Class AA playoffs with two such games, and John Jay with one.

But now the top two seeds in the tournament are on a collision course and, due to the new rule change in how the tournament is formatted for the semifinals, the bitter rivals are looking at the very real possibility of playing each other three, four and maybe even five times.

That scenario was set up on Wednesday with blowout victories by both schools. No. 1 Ketcham hammered No. 8 Clarkstown South, 11-2, while No. 2 John Jay crushed No. 7 Arlington, 13-1, in quarterfinal games.










Both teams advance to the semifinals, but the tournament has a dramatic change this season. The final four teams are re-seeded and the No. 1 Indians will host No. 4 Mamaroneck at Noon on Saturday and the second-seeded Patriots host No. 3 Suffern.

From this point forward, the sectionals are a double elimination affair through the championship round. So Saturday’s two semifinal winners will play each other on Monday, as will the two semifinal losers.

The team that emerges from the Saturday-Monday contests with two wins goes straight to the championship series, while the two teams that went 1-1 on Saturday-Monday will play next Wednesday in an elimination game for the right to go to the Saturday, June 1 title game.

You with us so far?

Soooooo, how could Ketcham and John Jay meet three, four or even five times in one season?

Well, let’s say both win their first semifinal games on Saturday. The Indians and Patriots would then meet on Monday as winners. That would be the third time they played this season (RCK won the first two).

Let’s say Jay beats Ketcham. Jay, at 2-0, would advance straight to the championship round and Ketcham, at 1-1, would play either a 1-1 Mamaroneck or Suffern team on Wednesday. Now let’s say RCK wins that game and advances to the finals against Jay as a 2-1 team on Saturday, June 1. That would be the fourth time they play this season.

Now let’s say the Indians win that game. That would mean both teams have one loss and it would necessitate yet another game on Sunday for winner-take-all. That would be the fifth time they play this season.

Phew, right?

As for the quarterfinal games, both teams were dominant. John Jay busted open a 1-1 game with the Admirals in the bottom of the third with an incredible nine-run rally, triggered by Tommy DiRusso’s three-run double. Tommy Cavallo had a two-run base hit, as did Kyle Caccamise. The game was called after five innings due to the mercy rule.

Back at Wappingers Falls, Xavier Kolhosser went six innings, struck out three and scattered five hits to lead Ketcham past Clarkstown South. Phoenix Bowman hit a solo home run in the first inning, David Vose crushed a solo shot in the second and RCK never trailed. Bowman hit his second home run of the day in the third inning, a two-run shot, to make it 4-0.

Kolhosser added a two-run single.

“We’ve been struggling with the bats but we came out with such a good approach,” Ketcham coach Pat Mealy said. “Their pitcher was the real deal and we put together some great at-bats against him.”

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