Pleasantville's All-League Team Honored: Daily Sports Digest, March 22, 2012

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Pleasantville School Board Recognizes Boys Varsity Basketball

The boys varsity basketball team was commended during Tuesday night's board of education meeting for an outstanding season and being named all-league.

Athletic Director John Bauerlein praised first-year Coach Chris Welsh's "wonderful job" and said he felt other teams in Section I underestimated the Panthers heading into the winter season.

"I think it was a majority of the team coming back and their attitudes—they are great kids," Bauerlein said. "It's a great accomplishment what you guys did."

Welsh reflected—"It really was a tremendous season and we owe it all to the guys who just worked incredibly hard and had unselfish attitudes and put the team before themselves at all times—practice, games and in the hallways at school."

All of the team members received medals from School Board President Lois Winkler and Superintendent Mary Fox-Alter, with the exception of Glen Robinson, who was attending the Section I dinner to receive his all-conference award Tuesday.

All-league honorees Jack Eisenberg and Charlie Montgomery were also applauded at the board meeting.

"I'm just so proud of the way you guys conducted yourselves," Bauerlein told the team.

Added Welsh, "They are just really great representatives of what we want our student-athletes to be here in Pleasantville."

Bell’s Walk-Off Homerun Caps Sweep Over Saint Rose

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, N.Y.- Lauren Bell (New Windsor, NY/Newburgh Free) blasted a walk-off solo homerun in the nightcap as the Setters completed a sweep over the College of Saint Rose. Pace took game one 7-1 and Bell’s blast in game two lifted the Setters to a thrilling 9-8 win in the nightcap. The Setters improve to 11-1 on the season and open the Northeast-10 play with a 2-0 record, while the Golden Knights fall to 4-11 and 0-4 in conference play. 

In the opener, Nicole Schultheis (Plainview, NY/Bethpage) got the Setters going in the first inning as she singled, stole second and moved to third on a wild pitch. Schultheis score on a base hit by Hana Wright (Hillsboro, OR/Valley Catholic). Pace added to their lead in the third as Lana Buchbinder (San Francisco, CA/George Washington) and Sabrina Gonzalez (Oxnard, CA/Ventura College) led off with singles and moved up a base on a sac bunt. Bell came through with a two-run double as the Setters led 3-0.

The Setters tacked on some insurance runs in the latter innings as Wright and Samantha Garcia (Rancho Cucamonga, CA/Ranch Cucamonga) each had RBI singles as part of a three-run fifth inning. Saint Rose got on the board in the sixth with a solo homerun but the Setters answered in the bottom of the inning. Buchbinder was hit by a pitch, moved to second on a wild pitch and advanced to third on a groundout. Wright hit a sacrifice fly to score Buchbinder.

For the game, Schultheis went 3-for-3 with two runs scored, while Gonzalez went 2-for-4 with a pair of runs scored. Wright went 2-for-3 as she collected three RBI’s. On the hill, Chelsea Shea (Babylon, NY/West Babylon) tossed six innings as she allowed one run on four hits and struck out two as she improved to 2-1 on the season. Kelly Fisher (Castle Rock, CO/Douglas County) retired all three batters she faced in the final inning as she recorded a strike out.

In the nightcap, the Golden Knights pushed across a run in the opening inning but the Setters rallied with three in the bottom of the frame. They capitalized on three Saint Rose errors, while Rachael McMahon (Corona, CA/Esperanza) had an RBI single in the inning. In the second, Schultheis walked and scored on a Bell double. Pace got another run in the following inning as the Setters loaded the bases and Gonzalez drew a walk to force in a run as Pace led 5-1 after three innings.

The Golden Knights rallied as they hit a pair of homeruns in the fourth inning as they scored five runs in the inning to take a 6-5 lead. Pace answered with two runs in the bottom of the inning on McMahon’s two-run single to put the Setters back in the lead at 7-6. Saint Rose jumped back in the lead with two runs in the fifth and had the bases loaded. Kayla Hill (Brooklyn, NY/James Madison) came on in relief and cut off the rally as she struck out the final batter of the inning.

Pace tied the game in the bottom of the fifth as Gonzalez doubled and scored on a Bell single. In the seventh, Bell’s blasted over the left field fence carried the Setters to a walk-off victory and completed a electrifying sweep over the Golden Knights.

In the game, Bell went 3-for-5 with three runs scored and three RBI’s, while McMahon was 3-for-4 with three RBI’s. In the mound, Caitlin McCann (San Mateo, CA/Notre Dame) tossed 4 1/3 innings, allowing seven runs (two earned) on seven hits, while striking out one. Fisher went 1/3 of an inning, allowing one runs on one hits. Hill (3-0) stayed unbeaten on the season as she tossed 2 1/3 scoreless innings, allowing one hit and fanned two.

Baseball Falls On Late Bridgeport Rally

BRIDGEPORT, Conn.- The Setters came up short to the Purple Knights of Bridgeport 8-7 in non-conference action. Pace fall to 7-7 overall, while Bridgeport improves to 2-5 on the season.

Bridgeport took an early lead as they scored two runs in the third inning. The Setters cut into the lead in the fourth as Alexander Rough (Stamford, CT/Westhill) hit a sacrifice fly. Pace took advantage of a couple of Bridgeport miscues in the fifth as Chris Gili (Waccabuc, NY/Eastport-South Manor) and Kyle Turnier (Waterford, CT/Waterford) scored on wild pitches. Joe Lombardi’s (BRIARCLIFF, NY/BRIARCLIFF) single drove in Martineson, who drew a walk, as the Setters took a 4-2 lead.

The Setters added a run in the sixth on a Turnier RBI single, while Pace went on to tack on a pair of runs in the seventh as Pace took a 7-2 lead. Bridgeport rallied in the ninth inning as they scored six runs with the final run coming on a sacrifice fly as the Purple Knights came back to take the win in the final inning.

For Pace, Martineson went 2-for-3 with two runs scored. On the hill, Jonathan Hornung (Calverton, NY/Riverhead) started and went 4 2/3 innings, allowing two runs (one earned) on four hits, while fanning four. Neil Pezzullo (Harwich, MA/Harwich) tossed 3 1/3 innings, allowing only three hits and struck out three. Pace used four pitchers in the ninth inning as Jonathan Chudy (Goshen, NY/Goshen) was charged with the go-ahead run as he dropped his record to 0-1 on the season.

The Setters return to action on Thursday, March 22 when Pace will travel to Pomona, NY for a non-conference action against Nyack College at Provident Bank Park, home of the Rockland Boulders, at 3 p.m.

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