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Briarcliff, Keio Baseball Meet in Section Finals

BRIARCLIFF MANOR, N.Y. – Briarcliff High School and Keio Academy will meet in the Section 1 Baseball Class B Championship game on Wednesday at Dutchess Stadium at 7 p.m. as the No. 1 and 2 seeds, respectively.

Keio defeated Briarcliff, 8-1, on May 11 in a regular season game in which Unicorns pitcher Kento Suga shut down the Bears’ normally potent offense. Suga, who allowed just five hits and struck out seven in that game, will take the mound for Keio again on Wednesday.

Keio coach Rocky Pasquale expressed some confidence after his team’s semifinal win on Tuesday that Suga can get the job done.

“They’re not going to take us lightly,” Pasquale said. “We’re going to have to hit the ball and Kento Suga’s going to have to shut them down like he did last time. Will he do that or not? Like I said the other day, he’s a gamer. We’re going to go up there and throw our best out there and see what they throw back.”

Paul Henshaw will pitch for Briarcliff and enters the game with a 4-0 record and 2.00 ERA. Henshaw earned a complete game win against Putnam Valley in the quarterfinals but struggled in the top of the seventh inning and nearly blew the Bears’ lead.

Briarcliff shut out Croton-Harmon, 5-0, in the first round and defeated Putnam Valley, 3-2, in the quarterfinals. The Bears jumped on No. 5 Dobbs Ferry early in a 12-1 win in the semifinals.

Keio defeated Blind Brook, 4-0, in the first round then squeaked by rival Valhalla , 2-1, in the quarterfinals. The Unicorns used a four-run sixth inning to defeat upset-minded Hastings, 6-2, in the semifinals.

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