HARRISON, N.Y. Following the first inning Saturday in which Harrison pitcher Michael Forgione allowed one run on two hits, he came back out with a renewed sense of focus.
I knew that I had to get more focused on my pitching, Forgione said. I wanted to focus on keeping them off balance and making them hit my pitches.
The crafty left-hander did that, and it resulted in Somers offense being silenced.
Forgione went on to pitch a three-hitter and strike out three as the second-seeded Huskies beat the seventh-seeded Tuskers, 3-1, in a Section 1 Class A Baseball Championship quarterfinal game.
The game was called after six innings and a 2½-hour rain delay. The umpires deemed the field unplayable and made the call.
Harrison, which won its fifth consecutive game, will host third-seeded John F. Kennedy in a semifinal at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday. The other semifinal is No. 9 Byram Hills at No. 4 Beacon.
Forgione was aided by a three-run third inning, highlighted by Austin Pollacks two-run homer.
Somers took a 1-0 lead in its first at-bat, as Chris Arita singled, stole second and third, and scored on a Joe Scambia single.
I knew what I had to do coming in and felt confident in my stuff, but I think I was a little nervous in the first inning, Forgione said.
Beginning in the second inning, Forgione began taking control of the plate. He was mixing his pitches effectively and, as a result, was working ahead in the count.
When I am ahead in the count, it makes me feel better and I know I am in control, Forgione said. I was throwing my two-seamer, change-up and curveball.
Harrison got to Somers starter Mike Millman in the third inning. With one out, Tylor Hart doubled in front of Pollack. The right fielder took the first pitch, then drove Millmans next offering over the left-field fence for a 2-1 Harrison lead. The Huskies did not stop there. Shang-Li Polera singled and stole second. After a walk to Alex Beckett, designated hitter Raffaele Macchia punched a single to left field, scoring Polera.
Once Forgione had the lead, it relaxed him even more.
It made me feel confident, because instead of being down 1-0, we were up 3-1, Forgione said.
Harrison advances to the sectional semis for a second consecutive year. Last year, the Huskies were denied a berth in the finals by the eventual champion, Tappan Zee.
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