Basso tourney a hit

Tyler McConway takes a cut against the Tigers on April 24. White Plains pitcher Sean Nicholson held the Huskies to just one hit on the afternoon, en route to a 2-0 victory.

Tyler McConway takes a cut against the Tigers on April 24. White Plains pitcher Sean Nicholson held the Huskies to just one hit on the afternoon, en route to a 2-0 victory.

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.

Andrew Gurgitano looks for a tag during a stolen base attempt on April 24. Photos/Bobby Begun

Andrew Gurgitano looks for a tag during a stolen base attempt on April 24. Photos/Bobby Begun

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.

First baseman Matt Baker squeezes the ball for an out against White Plains.

First baseman Matt Baker squeezes the ball for an out against White Plains.

“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.

Dean McCarthy throws a pitch against White Plains on April 24. The Huskies finished fourth at the Dave Basso Memorial Tournament.

Dean McCarthy throws a pitch against White Plains on April 24. The Huskies finished fourth at the Dave Basso Memorial Tournament.

After all the money for the scholarship is collected, excess funds will be put towards next year’s award.

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Mike Smith has been with Hometown Media Group since 2007, serving as the company’s Sports Editor. Mike has been commended for his work by the New York Press Association, winning awards in 2008 for “Best Sports Feature” and again in 2009 as part of a team that put together “The Game,” a breakdown of the Harrison-Rye football rivalry, which won for “Best Special Section.” His weekly column, “Live Mike,” offers his unique insights into a broad range of topics in the sports world. He resides in Eastchester, N.Y. and spends most of his free time serving as the player-manager for a competitive men’s baseball team in New York City. Reach Mike at 914-653-1000 x22 or sports@hometwn.com; follow him on Twitter @LiveMike_Sports.