Mon. Jul 22nd, 2024

Burke Catholic tops Tuckahoe in the Class C sub-regional rematch

By Vaseline May31,2024
Burke Catholic tops Tuckahoe in the Class C sub-regional rematch

PURCHASE – As Burke Catholic celebrated its second straight Section 9 title this weekend, the Eagles sent out the message: “Job ain’t done yet.”

Burke Catholic never forgot the bitter feeling of losing in last year’s Class C regional semifinals to Tuckahoe, a lopsided loss to the eventual state runner-up. It waited patiently for a chance at redemption.

What a difference a year makes for the Eagles as both teams faced off on Thursday in a closely contested rematch at SUNY Purchase. This time, Burke Catholic emerged victorious, winning 2-0.

“It’s great to come back and get revenge on them. Last year they made us look ridiculous, but this year we came out on top,” Burke Catholic senior Mason Gove said. “We knew what to expect today and that (loss) energized all of us. We thought about it all offseason and all year. Coach kept talking about it, and then we came here and we wanted to win this.”

Burke Catholic scored the only runs of the game in the top of the fourth inning. Jordan Drucker reached on a ground-rule double. Brendyn Quinn and Daniel Benzinger each followed with RBI doubles to give the Eagles a 2-0 lead.

Tuckahoe was held scoreless the entire game, but was able to reach base and had a few close opportunities throughout the game. Unfortunately for the Tigers, several runners were thrown out at home and a few were left on base.

Tiger runners were tagged out at home in the second and third inning. Tuckahoe also stranded runners on the corners in the fifth inning, and left a runner on third base in the sixth inning.

The Tigers made one last rally in the seventh inning and got two runners on base, but the Eagles were able to hold on for the win.

“We played a good team today, I thought they performed well,” Tuckahoe coach Phil Treglia said of the Eagles. “They are well coached. We played well today, but it just wasn’t our day today. The ball didn’t fall our way and that’s baseball.”

Despite the finish, the Tigers are holding their heads high after all they have accomplished this season and in recent years as three-time reigning Section 1 Class C champions.

“We’re proud of them, they’ve had a great three years,” Treglia said. “It’s not easy being a sectional champion three years in a row and a state finalist last year. That doesn’t always happen in sports or in life. You have to deal with the ups and downs, so I told them: we’re proud of you.

“They have achieved a lot. Today was not our day, but be proud of what you have achieved and let’s move on. When they think back in a few years, they will be very proud and happy with what happened. We had a great season. Today we just met a strong pitcher who had a better day than us.”

What it means

In a rematch of last year’s Class C state regional semifinal, the Eagles got revenge and advanced to the regional final. They will take on Pierson of Section 11 on Saturday at Cantine Field in Saugerties. Game time has yet to be determined.

Player of the game

Jordan Drucker, Burke Catholic: The Eagles’ sophomore kept the Tigers off balance all day. He threw 6⅓ shutout innings, with seven hits allowed and four strikeouts. He also went 1-for-3 with a double and a run scored at the plate.

“My approach was just work with the fastball, come up with a backdoor slider and just challenge them,” Drucker said. “A few guys hit, but I thought it was good. I have a lot of confidence in these guys, confidence in my defense and they made plays. I wasn’t worried.”

By the numbers

Section 9’s Burke Catholic: Brendyn Quinn went 2-for-3 with a double, RBI and run scored. Daniel Benzinger went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI. Mason Gove went 2-for-4 and got the save in relief.

Tuckahoe from section 1: Connor Brice went 2-for-3. Jackson Snyder went 1-for-2 with a triple and a walk. Luca DelConte doubled. Connor Benke, Michael Rideout and Frank Loiacono each had a hit. Jax Colacicco pitched five innings and gave up two earned runs and seven hits, with six strikeouts and two walks. Michael Rideout threw two shutout innings in relief, with no hits and two strikeouts.

They said it

“After I saw Jordan shut them down, when we got those two runs on the board, I knew we were good. Everyone knew we were good after that.” -Burke Catholic senior Mason Gove

“I wasn’t here last year, but a win is a win. I knew we wanted to beat them, so I just helped where I could.” -Burke Catholic sophomore Jordan Drucker

“It’s an overall feeling that we have that we’re very proud of and how they conduct themselves in the school building and outside the school building, and that carries over onto the field. They’ve had a lot of success in football, basketball, baseball – every sport that they really try to practice and it’s all about their teamwork and camaraderie.” -Tuckahoe coach Phil Treglia

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