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Tri-Valley’s baseball team won the Section IX championship and pitcher Joe Mickelson threw a perfect game highlighting a spring sports season that also included championships for the boys’ and girls’ track teams.

Spring sports recap: Tri-Valley

Story by Lori Brown
Coach: Mary Feusner
Record: 3-12 overall; 2-8 OCIAA, Division V.
Season Highlight:
1. A perfect game by sophomore hurler Emily DiToro against The Family School - 15 up – 15 down.
2. Scoring 32 runs vs. The Family School
3. Solid defense by veterans: Erin Smith, Rachel Adriaans, Amanda TerBush and Ashley Exner
4. Improved play of the "rookies" – Jessica Kinney and Emily DiToro.
Coach's Comments: I expected more from this team. In preseason, I believed that the 14 players on the roster had the potential to get us back to Sectionals and I fully expected a better-than .500 record. I didn't anticipate that three players would get injured and three players would have very limited practice and game availability because of other commitments. Many days we had just 9 players take the field. The line-up was rarely the same from game-to-game. We struggled offensively too.
I was super pleased with the senior captains' leadership. Rachel Adriaans (CF), despite an emergency appendectomy with four games left in our schedule, led the team in runs scored (16) and walks (8). She poked our only home run. When she could not take the field physically, she was keeping score as well as encouraging and coaching teammates. Erin Smith (1B) was her extraordinary self on defense. She was our "on-field general" continually communicating with teammates. She led the team in the following categories: AB - 51, hits - 16, EBH - 5, SB - 8, and PO - 78. Her batting average was a very respectable .314. We have some serious cleats to fill next season with the graduation of Erin and Rachel!
Looking Ahead: I'm looking for players that are committed to the game of softball and their teammates. I expect next year's seniors to have stellar seasons. They must stay healthy and be willing to work in the off-season. I expect the newcomers to give our program a "shot in the arm" with their talent.
Awards: MVP – Rachel Adriaans and Erin Smith; MIP – Amanda TerBush; Coach’s Award – Emily DiToro is the recipient of the Coach’s Award.

Girls' Track and Field
Coach: Missy Iatauro.
Record: 2012 OCIAA Division IV Champions; 2012 Section IX Class C Champions (25th since 1981).
Season Highlights: Dominique Darby finishing first in Throwers Pentathlon and Hammer in OCIAA Championship meet; Mareena Dimilia (shot put and hurdle); Dominique Darby (shot put) and Katlynn Greffath qualifying for State Championship Meet.

Boys' Track and Field
Coach: Joe Iatauro
Record: 2012 OCIAA Division IV Champions; 2012 Section IX Class C, 3rd place.
Season Highlights: Rafael Ramirez finishing first in hammer in OCIAA Championship meet and second in Throwers Pentathlon; Jimmy Bernstein finishing seventh in State Championship 1600 (5th fastest 1600 all-time for a Tri-Valley athlete); Rafael Ramirez, third and Brendan Tierney sixth in hammer at Eastern States.

Coach: Jason Closs
Record: 9-3; 9-2 OCIAA
Season Highlights: James Bernstein and Conor Walsh qualified for the OCIAA League Championship Tournament and Bernstein went to qualify for the Section IX tournament.
Coach's Comments: This season we had a nice mix of golfers who were returning to the program and boys that were coming out to play high school golf for the first time. Returning to the program were seniors James Bernstein, Patrick McHugh and Conor Walsh. Returning underclassmen were junior Kyle Rogers and sophomore Garrett Castle. Newcomers to the program were sophomore Brady Rogers and freshmen Mark Garigliano, Dion Lynch and Ryan Sanok.
Our seniors did an excellent job this season helping our younger golfers learn the game. Jimmy, Patrick and Conor are all exceptional young men that were a privilege to coach the last two seasons.
The exceptional weather early in the season allowed for the younger golfers to get outside and work on their game, which was key for us to have a
Looking Ahead: For our younger players, dedication to the sport will help them improve for next season when they will have to come in and play well for us to be successful.

Coach: John J. Rusin
Record: 18-5; 12-3 OCIAA Division V (first place).
Season Highlights: Won at least 2 of 3 games from all division opponents;
Joe Mickelson threw a perfect game April 30 vs. Fallsburg
Won the Section IX Class C Championship vs. Seward – first sectional championship since 1990.
Team Batting Average of .306.
Team On Base Percentage of .419.
Team Earned Run Average of 2.09.
3 Pitchers with at least 5 wins on the mound (Mickelson 7, Baggatta 5, Lopez 5).
Coach’s Comments: “We had a very tight knit team who worked hard for one another this year. Our seniors, some of whom were in their third season as varsity baseball players, displayed outstanding leadership ability both on the practice field and on game day. Our starting pitching did a great job day in and day out, we played solid defense, and the offense manufactured runs. I am very proud of this group of young men. They played the game the right way and earned all of the success that they achieved this season.
Boys’ Tennis
Coach: Luis Viorney (combined team with Fallsburg)
Record: 7-5
Awards: MVP – Josue Ramos; MIP – Stephen Carleton.

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