FISHKILL, N.Y. Haldane pitcher Dan Kinnaird took a line drive on the third pitch of Wednesdays Section 1 Baseball Class C Championship. The tall, lanky right-hander shook it off and pitched into the sixth inning of the Blue Devils 7-4 win.
The tournament MVP, who said he had no idea he was winning and was blessed to win that award, was humble about being hit by the line drive when discussing it after the game.
Things happen in life and youve just got to deal with them, Kinnaird said. I pushed through it.
Haldane defeated Tuckahoe, last years champion, at Dutchess Stadium to capture the Section 1 Class C title. The Blue Devils will face the Section 9 winner on Monday at Pace University in Mount Pleasant.
Tuckahoe (13-8) coach John DArco praised Kinnaird and underscored the importance of that third-pitch line drive.
He kept us off balance with the fastball and the curve. We couldnt get a bead on him, DArco said. And after he took that line drive, that was a near catastrophe, and he stayed in there and showed what type of young man he is.
Haldane scored at least one run in each of the first five innings and had a 3-0 lead after two innings. Tuckahoe scored once in the top of the third and scraped across a run here and there, but the consistency in Haldanes offense, particularly their small ball, was too much for Tuckahoe to overcome.
Nothing they did surprised me. I knew it was going to be this type of game. I knew we were going to be in for a tough game, DArco said. And I thought we were going to be the underdog, and unless we played a perfect game offense and defensively, I knew we were going to be in for a tough day.
DArco called this season a little disappointing but was hopeful for next season because of his returning players. His goal was to win back-to-back section championships, but he was nothing but complimentary of his opponent after the game.
They played well. They deserve it, DArco said. I wish them the best. I think theyre going to do well in the tournament.
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