As soon as Sam Lisikatos took a 3-2 pitch to right field, this was going to be Haldane’s day as the third-seeded Blue Devils defeated top-seeded Solomon Schechter 16-1 in five innings due to the run rule at Nanuet High School Thursday afternoon.
The Blue Devils won their second straight Class C title.
Haldane will play the Section 9 winner (either No. 1 Pine Plains/No. 2 Tuxedo/No. 3 SS Seward) Tuesday at 3 p.m. at Nanuet High School in the regional semifinals. The winner of the game will play the Section 8/Section 11 winner at 6 p.m. at Heroes field for the regional title that same day.
The Blue Devils (8-12) got a lot of offense from Lisikatos and Ally Monteleone in the number two hole. They went a combined 7 for 8 with eight runs scored, two triples, a home run, and had six RBI.
“We work hard in practice on hitting and fielding,” Montelone said. “Our hitting showed up and that’s all we needed.”
They put up three runs in the top of the first inning and then broke the game open with five runs in the top of the second inning.
Eighth grader Marley Chefalo pitched steadily for the Blue Devils. She allowed one earned run on two hits in five innings. She had three walks and struck out four batters. Chefalo had allowed no hits through 4 and 1/3 innings until she gave up a squibbler down the third base line to Jessie Espinet of Solomon Schechter.
“She worked hard all year,” Blue Devils head coach Nick Lisikatos said of Chefalo. “We had games where we had to take her off the field when she couldn’t find the strike zone but she’s matured through it. She’s growing up. She’s an eighth-grader and she pitched more like a tenth grader. She grew up watching Chelsea (Lisikatos) pitch. Chelsea’s here to talk. They talk through the game. Like I told them, the reason there’s no name on the back of the shirts is because it’s about the name on the front. It’s about building the program. She (Chefalo) did her job. She had some nice at bats. So with that being said. I can’t be anymore proud of Marley.”
The Blue Devils had a total of 14 hits for the game. Melissa Tringali went 3 for 3 with a double. Sam Ricketts had a pair of hits as well. Geriane Martin had a two-run double.
The Lions (11-4) got one run got an RBI single in the bottom of the fifth inning by Jesse Jacoby to try and keep the game alive. Chefalo allowed no hits throug
Lions coach Samantha Yodowitz was pleased with the teams resiliency going back to Espinet’s hit.
“Every inning I told them the game wasn’t over,” Yodowitz said. “Especially going into the last inning. Jessie took advantage of a nice pitch somewhat down the middle of the plate. That showed me that they were determined to get at least a run and they were fighting till the end and not packing it in.”
As Haldane gets ready for the first game in the regional tournament, with the game being back at Nanuet High School the team is glad to have this wind under their belt.
“Now we have a feel of where we should be — where our outfield should be,” Sam Lisikatos said. “And for Marley getting used to the mound which was good for her. As for everyone to get used to their position.”
“It’s a great feeling,” Monteleone said. “This has definitely prepared us for playing on this field on Tuesday. It was a long drive last year; we should feel fresh coming off of the bus.”