On an extra-base hit in the bottom of the seventh inning with two out and the tying run on third base, left fielder Matt Payero hit shortstop Joseph Payamps and he relayed it on to catcher Luis Estevez, who slapped on the tag to seal Newtown’s 4-3 win over No. 17 Mott Haven in the opening round of the PSAL Class A playoffs in Queens.
Payamps doubled, scored a run and drove in one, Jose Martinez had an RBI and scored a run and Matt Duverge went 6-2/3 innings, struck out nine and allowed five hits before reaching the pitch-count limit. Newtown will now face No.1 Cardozo in the second round Friday at 3:30 p.m.
“Cardozo is a tough opponent, they are No. 1 in the city,” Canela said. “We are just going to take it one inning at a time. [My players] are ready. They want to just keep playing ball.”
This season is already a success for Newtown (13-4), which was coming off a 4-12 campaign last spring. The senior-heavy group was a major surprise during the regular season, going 12-4 and has now won a playoff game.
“I’m extremely happy,” Canela said. “The work the guys have put in this year has been tremendous. This has been a great season so far for us. Fun is the word I would use to describe it.”
No. 1 Cardozo 10, No. 32 Murry Bergtraum 0: Diego Gonzalez had two hits, scored twice and drove in three runs, Connor Doyle also had three RBIs and Adrian Castano struck out seven and allowed just one hit in five innings for Cardozo (17-0), which hosts Newtown in the second round Friday at 3:30 p.m. Bergtraum ends up 7-10.
No. 2 Grand Street Campus 7, No. 31 Environmental Studies 2: Miguel Rodriguez struck out 10 and allowed just three hits and no earned runs over seven innings for Grand Street (16-1), which hosts No. 15 Taft in the second round Friday 3:30 p.m. Environmental Studies completes the year at 7-10.
No. 3 Tottenville 3, No. 30 Riverdale/Kingsbridge 0: Mike Milazzo belted a two-run homerun, Mike Sullivan struck out 11 and allowed two hits in 5-2/3 and Frank Sanacore doubled and scored once for Tottenville (16-3), which hosts No. 14 Manhattan Center in the second round Friday at 3:30 p.m. RKA ends the year at 7-10.
No. 4 George Washington 8, No. 29 John Bowne 0: The defending city champion Trojans (15-2) take on No. 13 New Dorp in the second round Friday at 3:30 p.m. Bowne is 8-9.