Kevin Doorley went 4-for-4 and Conor McCabe went 3-for-3 with a three-run home run to lead Pearl River to a 13-1 victory over Congers Sunday in a District 18 Majors 12-year-old baseball game.
Conor Holahan turned in a strong pitching performance for Pearl River with the aid of two double plays, one started by Sean Scanlon to end a threat in the first and another turned by Steve Perzigian to end the game in the fourth. The game was stopped early due to the mercy rule.
Pearl River will play Nanuet 6 p.m. Monday night in a winners bracket game at Veterans Park in Stony Point.
- The Pearl River Junior baseball team lost its opener in all-star tournament play, 13-3 to Nyack-Valley Cottage Sunday. Their next game is July 7 at Veterans Park in Stony Point.
- The Pearl River softball 9/10 team advanced into the final round with an 8-6 victory over Nanuet Sunday. Pearl River will play New City 7 p.m. Monday at the Anderson Field Complex. New City has not lost yet and gave Pearl River its only defeat, so Pearl River would have to win tonight and Thursday to earn the District 18 championship.
- Pearl River's District 18 12-year-old softball team won its opener in the Section 4 tournament Saturday, a 7-4 victory over Hyde Park, with Emily Turilli hitting a triple an scoring the go-ahead run on Kelli Scanlon's single. Pearl River lost its first game of the postseason Sunday, a 7-5 defeat by Eastchester. Pearl River plays 6 p.m. Monday at Beekman Little League with a spot in the loser's bracket final on the line.
Local Swimmers Come Up Short At Olympic Trials
Bronxville 16-year-old Patrick Conaton isn’t heading to London this summer for the Olympics, but he’s still pleased with his performance at this past weekend’s Olympic Trials in Ohama, Neb.
“Going to the meet, I didn’t really know what to expect. I’ve never been to a meet of that caliber,” he said. “It was a great experience. Overall, I think it went really well. My swims weren’t my best times, but the experience overall was great, and it’s something I can learn from and use to get better.”
Conaton swam in the 200 meter backstroke, finishing 88th out of the 100-plus swimmers. He finished the race in 2:06.73. The first round of his race, and the finals the next night, were won by Ryan Lochte, one of America’s top swimmers. Lochte qualified for four individual events at the Olympics.
Heading into his junior year at Fordham Prep, Conaton feels like the taste of big meet experience he received at the trials will keep him working hard.
“Seeing all those guys posting all those fast times, and they’re all jacked and buff, it definitely inspires me to get to that level,” he said. “If I keep working hard and improving, I can definitely see myself getting there in four years. It’s inspiring, it keeps me going.”
Later this summer, Conaton will compete in either the the U.S. Open of Junior Nationals, and in the winter he hops to compete in states and winter nationals. Thanks to his trip to the trials, Conaton now has a feel for big meets and said he should feel comfortable at any of those. This past weekend, he wasn’t totally comfortable at first in that sized meet.
“I was nervous,” he said. “There were like 10,000 people, so that’s like 10,000 more than I’m used to.”
New Rochelle Teen Misses Out On Olympic Bid
Emily Escobedo also won’t be heading to London this summer, as the 16-year-old from New Rochelle competed in the 200 meter breaststroke at the U.S. Olympic Trials this past weekend in Omaha.
Her time of 2:36.07 placed her 58th out of 120-plus.
Escobedo will be a senior in the fall at Maria Regina High School in Hartsdale.
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