YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, N.Y. — Lakeland beat host Yorktown 4-3 in the 36th Annual Sorrentino Cup to end the Huskers' five-game winning streak in the contest on May 15.
“It's nice to beat Yorktown, but at the end of the day it was just another regular-season game and we have to focus on performing in the playoffs and making a deep run,” Lakeland senior outfielder Matt Tuite said.
Tuite hit the go ahead two-out, two-run single in the sixth to put Lakeland ahead to stay, 4-3.
“I went up to the plate looking to jump on the first fastball I got and drive it to the outfield,” Tuite said. “It always feels great getting a big hit late in the game and luckily the guys hitting before me gave me a chance to get that big hit.”
Lakeland’s Bryan Petriccione earned the win with 3.1 innings of scoreless relief.
“Bryan is a workhorse for us and has given us some great outings this year because he doesn't try to do too much,” Tuite said.
Joe Vetrano (homer) and James Houlahan (2 hits, RBI) also contributed offensively for the Hornets (14-6).
Matt Pupczyk allowed just three earned runs and struck out three in a complete-game effort for Yorktown (7-12-1) in the game played in memory of Joseph Sorrentino Jr., a Yorktown athlete and star pitcher who passed away in 1981.