Cardiac kids: Shrub Oak Surges Past Harrison

The Shrub Oak 9U ‘B’ team shows who is No. 1. Credits: Rob DiAntonio

DANBURY, C.T. — After pulling off a heart-pounding one-run win over top-seeded Putnam Valley in the semifinals, Shrub Oak was in a similar situation in the finals during a tight contest against Harrison.

The fourth-seeded Storm was able to prevail again, pulling out the 7-6 comeback win over No. 3 Harrison in the Greater Hudson Valley Baseball League ‘B’ championship game on Sunday, July 30, at Rogers Park in Danbury.

“During this entire playoff push we’ve gotten off the mat and gotten back into games,” Shrub Oak co-head coach Steve Brown said. “It’s just a testament to the boys and to the parents and the coaches. But really it’s been a lot of fun. They’ve never given up. Even in this game it didn’t look good and they came charging back.”

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Harrison had a 4-1 lead before the Storm erupted for four runs in the pivotal fourth inning. Connor Holland, Vinny Jennings and Mateo Santiago all singled and scored in the inning with Joe Kalkowski reaching on an error and later crossing home plate.

Holland had an RBI single in the fifth inning and another run scored on an error to stretch the lead to 6-4.

Harrison threatened in the final frame but Vinny Jennings was able to register two strikeouts to get out of the jam.

Nick Delfico singled and scored in the third inning to get Shrub Oak on the board.

Shrub Oak’s roster was rounded out by Stephen Brown, Jake Sgobbo, Angelo Carlo, Patrick Gibson, Lukas Coppola, Andreas Santiago, Giovanni LaPeruta, Luca Pagano, Justin Tostanoski and Frank Pirrone.

“We had a lot of kids on the team and wanted everyone to develop,” said coach Brown, whose co-coach was Anthony Pagano. “In the playoffs we just stepped it up.

“I grew up playing Shrub Oak ball and I’m proud to have my son playing it. It’s a great group of parents. I’ve had them doing winter ball and some fall ball last year within the rec. They just really came together and jelled when the playoffs came around.”

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