Previewing American Legion District 7 playoffs

One-seed Rayson Miller’s Maxx Countryman and Lukas Haefner (right); two-seed Irondequoit Post’s Matt Brennan and coach Joey Kuhn (upper left); three-seed James Cooke’s Peyton Schuck celebrating (lower left); four-seed Greece Post celebrating a walk-off over Irondequoit Post (lower middle). (Photos: BILLY HEYEN)

By BILLY HEYEN

American Legion District 7 playoffs commence Sunday. There will be four teams playing for one spot in the state tournament. The games begin with best-of-three, semifinal series. Then the championship series to send one team to states is best-of-three, as well. The postseason gets underway with two doubleheaders at Eastridge High School on Sunday at 9:00 a.m., with the one-seed versus four-seed matchup kicking off the proceedings.

Here are previews of the four teams in the playoffs.

 

1. Rayson Miller (18-3)

 

High schools represented: Rush-Henrietta, Caledona-Mumford, Pittsford Mendon, Avon, McQuaid, Aquinas, Honeoye Falls-Lima, Gananda

First-round opponent, previous meetings: Four-seed Greece Post; Rayson Miller won all three meetings: 10-5, 13-0, 10-2

Top hitters: 

Jason Bocklage (.411 batting average, 10 doubles, two triples, one HR, 10 steals)

Lukas Haefner (.397 batting average, 13 steals)

Owen VanNewkirk (.377 batting average, .592 on-base percentage)

Colin Smith (.344 batting average, 13 RBI, seven steals)

Maxx Countryman (.312 batting average, two HR, 15 RBI)

Top pitchers:

Lukas Haefner (0.91 ERA, 41 K)

Maxx Countryman (1.05 ERA, 27 K)

Kevin Sheppard (1.07 ERA, 27 K)

Sam Cestra (1.84 ERA, 30 K)

Grady Smith (2.59 ERA, 30 K)

Game times: Game one at 9:00 a.m. Sunday, game two follows at 11:30 a.m. Sunday

 

2. Irondequoit Post (16-5)

 

High schools represented: Irondequoit, East Ridge, Webster Schroeder, Mallard Creek

First round opponent, previous meetings: James Cooke, went 2-1: Won 6-5, won 9-5, lost 2-0

Top hitters:

Caleb Delly (.400 batting average, five doubles, five steals)

Will Porter (.333 batting average, five steals)

Antonio Quinones (.300 batting average, 11 steals)

Shawn Brooks (.297 batting average, 15 steals)

Jacob Russo (.290 batting average, .859 OPS)

Top pitchers:

AJ Gartland (0.78 ERA, 43 strikeouts)

Chris Butler (2.07 ERA, 19 strikeouts)

Antonio Quinones (2.26 ERA, 31 strikeouts)

Shawn Brooks (0.62 ERA, 12 strikeouts)

Game times: Begin after the 1 v 4 doubleheader; slated for a 2:00 p.m. game one start and 4:30 p.m. game two start

 

3. James Cooke (14-7)

 

High schools represented: Victor, Penn Yan

First round opponent, previous meetings: Irondequoit Post; went 1-2: Won 2-0, lost 6-5, lost 9-5

Top hitters:

Zachary Carpin (.457 batting average, 10 doubles, two HR, 1.514 OPS)

Peyton Schuck (.357 batting average, .604 on-base percentage)

Louie Schafer (.317 batting average)

Sam DiGiacomo (.286 batting average, .463 on-base percentage)

Santino Rosso (If present; made James Cooke debut on Monday; for Victor in HS season: .345 batting average)

Top pitchers:

Andrew Westbrook (2.63 ERA, 28 strikeouts)

Owen Delforte (1.42 ERA, 10 strikeouts)

CJ Williams (2.50 ERA, 1.00 WHIP)

TJ Long (3.71 ERA, 14 strikeouts)

Game times: Begin after the 1 v 4 doubleheader; slated for a 2:00 p.m. game one start and 4:30 p.m. game two start

 

4. Greece Post (13-9)

 

High schools represented: Greece Athena, Greece Arcadia, Greece Olympia, Gates Chili, Aquinas, Churchville Chili, Monroe

First round opponent, previous meetings: Rayson Miller; lost all three: 10-5, 13-0, 10-2

Top hitters: 

Victor Torres (.400 batting average, two HR, 23 steals)

James Sciortino (.353 batting average, five doubles, 1.124 OPS)

Mike Ruta (.350 batting average, five doubles, three triples, 11 steals)

Isaac Yorkey (.359 batting average, .500 on-base percentage)

Thomas Finnerty (.298 batting average, seven doubles)

Top pitchers:

Neale McMullen (1.97 ERA, 34 strikeouts)

Connor Hong (2.52 ERA, 39 strikeouts)

Ray Mineo (4.67 ERA, 32 strikeouts)

James Sciortino (3.00 ERA in 7 IP)

Thomas Finnerty (1.50 ERA in 9.1 IP)

Game times: Game one at 9:00 a.m. Sunday, game two follows at 11:30 a.m. Sunday

 

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