Friday, May 30
No. 1 R.C. Ketcham over No. 16 Clarkstown South: The 16th seed is much better than its 9-11 record and will give Ketcham a good game.
No. 8 White Plains over No. 9 Clarkstown North: A 1:30 p.m. start to accomodate the ninth seed on prom night, Lauren Sputo and Sandra Mastrangelo get the nod.
No. 5 Yorktown over No. 12 Mahopac: The defending Class AA champions have too much Cassie Reilly-Boccia and Kasy O’Connor.
No. 4 John Jay-East Fishkill over No. 13 Carmel: The third meeting of the season results in a sweep for coach Bonnie Schilling and her girls setting up a Yorktown-John Jay-East Fishkill quarterfinal Tuesday.
No. 3 John Jay over No. 14 Ursuline: The Koalas beat John Jay, 2-1 during the regular season behind Taylor Pirone, but John Jay has been unbeatable since and Gaby Torzilli is a strike-out machine.
No. 6 Arlington over No. 11 Yonkers: Playiing Arlington is always a difficult task, but it is even harder for Yonkers which is facing a long bus that could take half a day.
No. 7 North Rockland over 10 Suffern: The teams split the season set, each winning 2-1 on their respective home field. It will be another great game. I have to give the nod to North Rockland because they are home. It is a shame that these two teams are meeting in the first round. They are a combined 31-11.
No. 2 Scarsdale over No. 15 Mamaroneck: The second seed swept the regular-season set behind Nicole Lee shutouts.
Final: John Jay-East Fishkill over John Jay. I’ve said it before and I will say it again, JJEF coach Bonnie Schilling always has her girls prepared for sectionals by playing the toughest non-league schedule she can find. Gaby Torzilli will keep John Jay in the game with her right arm slinging heat, but the Patriots will find a way.
Friday, May 30
No. 1 Pearl River bye
No. 8 Harrison over No. 9 Pelham: One of the best first-round games in any class, the teams are evenly-matched featuring strong pitchers in Harrison’s Ashley Marino and Pelham’s Kerry Davis. Harrison gets the nod because they are home.
No. 5 Hen Hud over 12 Nyack: The defending Class A titlists were buoyed by the return of shortstop Shanna Brown, who is outstanding offensively and defensively.
No. 4 Lakeland over No. 13 Our Lady of Lourdes: The Hornets finished strong, sweeping Yorktown. Brittany Lischinsky is one of the most underrated pitchers in Section 1.
No. 3 Eastchester over No. 14 Ardsley: Too much offense for Ardsley to contend with.
No. 6 Sleepy Hollow over No. 11 Rye: Deanne Lindsay pitches Sleepy Hollow to a quarterfinal round matchup with Eastchester.
No. 10 Brewster at No. 7 Beacon: Even though Beacon swept the two-game regular-season set, Brewster coach Michelle Gosh has made the adjustment and will not be beaten for a third time. In Kim Bentson, Gosh has one of Section 1’s finest players, who has been flying under the radar.
No. 2 Tappan Zee bye
Final: Pearl River over Tappan Zee These teams met in the quarters last year with Tappan Zee prevailing 2-1. Pearl River has one of the best, if not the best, lineup in Section 1. Coach Mike Carlacci’s girls hit 1 through 9. Pearl River can also offset Tappan Zee speedster/initiator Brittni Alexander with its tandem of Kelly McMorrow and Lorraine Schule.
Friday, May 30
No. 1 Albertus Magnus bye
No. 8 Hastings over No. 9 Putnam Valley: Mira Lieman-Sifry just keeps producing, both with her bat and right arm when she is in the circle.
No. 5 Westlake bye
No. 4 North Salem bye
No. 3 Kennedy bye
No. 6 Rye Neck bye
No. 7 Dover over No. 10 Briarcliff: After a difficult start to the ’08 season, Briarcliff turned it on, but playing at Dover will be a hard task to overcome.
No. 2 Dobbs Ferry bye
Final: Albertus Magnus over Kennedy Take your pick of windmillers — Erin Flaherty, Maura Power or Rosie Coyne. Any of the three can pitch Albertus to a win. Flaherty is also an excellent hitter. Devin DiSiena has had a phenomenal year for Kennedy, but she and her teammates will have to be perfect against any of the three.
No. 1 Valhalla bye
No. 2 Haldane over No. 3 Blind Brook
Final: Haldane over Valhalla The 2007 sectional runners-up beat Valhalla, 7-4 during the regular season, scoring five runs combined in the sixth and seventh innings.