By MIKE SMITH
Harrison might not have won a game in the Dave Basso Memorial Tournament this past weekend, but that didn’t stop head coach Marco DiRuocco from classifying the annual tourney as a runaway success.
For the third straight year, the Harrison baseball program was able to raise money for the Dave Basso Memorial Scholarship Fund, which will go toward helping one graduating senior with college costs come the end of the year.
The Huskies dropped their tournament opener on April 24, falling 2-0 to a tough White Plains squad. Tigers hurler Sean Nicholson iced Harrison’s bats on the afternoon, throwing a one-hitter en route to being named the tournament’s most outstanding player.
In the Sunday finals, the Huskies lost the consolation game to Westlake, while White Plains beat Valhalla for the tourney win, thanks in part to Cam Crabbe’s two-run homer.
“We struggled a bit,” DiR-
uocco said. “But I told the guys that the most important thing was that we were able to have this tournament and that Dave would have been proud of us no matter what.”
After a loss to Fox Lane on April 28, the Huskies find themselves at 2-8 on the season. Although the Huskies’ record might not put them among the league leaders, DiRuocco has been pleased with the strides his young team has made throughout the year.
Against the Foxes, Harrison kept the game close until their opponents put up three runs in the sixth inning to win
7-3. Andrew Workman led the way for the Foxes, besting all hitters with two hits, including a double and an RBI.
“We try to look at everything optimistically, so we’re looking to improve a little bit every game,” he said. “Every game these guys play is
another varsity game they have under their belt.
“The game against Fox Lane was competitive,” he added. “We’re going to fight through this adversity.”
The Huskies have a full slate of games this week, although the forecast is threatening to wash-out many of the games in a season already marred by rainouts.
On May 3, the squad will play its annual night game at Silver Lake when it hosts Port Chester at 7 p.m.
Donations to the Dave Basso Memorial Scholarship Fund are still being accepted and DiRuocco urged prospective donors to continue to send money in and make checks payable to the Harrison Central School District.
After all the money for the scholarship is collected, excess funds will be put towards next year’s award.