The Westchester Baseball Academy won the Blue Chip Prospect Great American Classic Tournament at Stony Brook University in Long Island.
The Academy won its first three games of the tournament to get to the quarterfinals, where Andrew Waite, of Rye Country Day School, struck out seven batters in five innings to lead the team to a 9-0 victory.
Four pitchers—Brian Lobel and Michael Forgione and Max Bruckner, all from Harrison and Rye’s Mitchell Leeds, who earned the win—combined to lead Westchester to a 5-4 win in the semifinals against the Long Island Titans.
The finals brought on a matchup against the New York Nationals, the returning tournament winner. Max Bruckner started and earned the win for Westchester, while Alex Gendleman, a Rye Country Day School graduate, belted a three-run homer in the 7-1 victory.
The team is made up of baseball players from various schools in Westchester. This is the second year they’ve fielded a team. Last year, Westchester won 40 of its 44 games, earning a spot in the Continental Amateur Baseball Association World Series in Charleston, S.C. The tournament starts July 20th.
Westchester Baseball Academy Roster:
- Andrew Waite, of Rye
- Ridge Dulitz, of Pawling
- Max Bruckner, of Harrison
- Eric Smiley, of White Plains
- Matthew Degraw, of Rye
- Luke Cappellano, of Rye
- Matthew Crowley, of Rye
- Stephen Schiavone, of White Plains
- Alex Gendelman, of Purchase
- Jake Meyerson, of Rye
- Chris Hart, of Darien
- Alex Beckett, of Harrison
- Julian Ponce, of Rye Brook
- Mitchell Leeds, of Rye
- Stephen Knight, of Rowayton
- Michael Forgione, of West Harrison
- Matthew Adlman, of White Plains
- Richard DeMarte, of White Plains
- Jeff Dempsey, of Rye
- Craig Rothenberg, of White Plains
- Tim Degraw, of Rye
- Brian Lobel, of Purchase
Team Head Coach – Edwin Diaz (White Plains HS)
Asst. Coaches - Chad Charney (Rye HS) and Rich Savage
Regional Summer Basketball Teams Set
The second annual Basketball Coaches Association of New York Summer Hoops Festival will take place in August at Johnson City High School, which is a bit outside of Binghamton.
There will be nine teams, including one from the Hudson Valley. The boys and girls teams were recently finalized and feature players from all over Rockland and Westchester counties.
The boys roster is made up of:
- Jack Daly - Eastchester
- Brian Daniels- Briarcliff
- John Decker-Somers
- Kevin Degnan- Pearl River
- Mike DeMello- Kennedy Catholic
- Vaughn Dweck- Panas
- Jack Eisenberg- Pleasantville
- Stephen Espinoza-Hunter- Ossining
- Brendan Hynes- Mahopac
- Eric Pashcall- Dobbs Ferry
- Umar Singh North Salem
- Ian Thom- Croton
The girls team is made up of:
- Saniya Chong, Ossining
- Lexi Martins, Irvington
- Brittni Lai, Irvington
- Toni Pilla, Ardsley
- Maia Hood, Hamilton
- Destini Walker, Ossining
- Jasmine Robinson, Hamilton
- Andra Espinoza-Hunter, Ossining
- Kristen McLaughlin, Tappan Zee
- Danielle Gervacio, Ossining
- Calli Balfour, John Jay-EF
The girls team also has two reserves: Brianna Celaj, Briarcliff and Brittany Gregory, John Jay-EF.
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