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Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Eagles rally for thrilling win
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Tony Bellissimo/Herald
Sophomore Joe Picillo has three of Valley Stream Central's four wins, including a 1-0 shutout of defending county champion Calhoun.

The walk parade continued when sophomore cleanup batter Mike Ciullo gained first on four balls to reload the bases. Goldman followed with a single to score Ruiz, and after freshman Thomas Logan was hit by a pitch, scoring Friscia, the Eagles were within one at 12-11. Wilder’s second walk of the inning brought home Ciullo with the tying run, and the unlikely comeback was complete after a pitch skipped into Acevedo’s ankle.

“It was looking grim most of the day,” Alesia said. “We were about to be swept for a second straight series. I starting thinking we could pull it off after Vito’s hit. That brought the tying run to the plate with nobody out.

“It was pretty incredible,” he added. “Everyone from the softball and lacrosse games funneled over to us, so we had a huge crowd for the last few innings.”

The Eagles hadn’t won since Picillo, who has three victories, blanked defending Nassau Class AA champion Calhoun, 1-0, on April 11. Central lost two tough games to Port Washington, 6-4 and 4-3, and were swept by Mepham by scores of 2-1, 4-3, and 3-1. 

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