Vestal Golden Bears Win Baseball Title
The Vestal Golden Bears defeated Wantagh out of Section 8 to win the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Class A Baseball Championship at NYSEG Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
The Golden Bears topped Wantagh 2-0 to give Vestal its first state baseball championship since 1996 and second overall. Junior left-hander Dom Dirado allowed just three hits while Pat Porter drove in the eventual winning run and went 3 for 3 at the plate.
Dirado pitched very well in such a clutch situation. He threw 81 pitches and told reporters after the win that he thought his curve-ball was a key in keeping opposing hitters off balance for much of the game.
Vestal got a shutout pitching performance in the semifinal 7-0 win over Whitesboro on Friday. Kyle Taborne went the distance to get the victory. So over the 14 innings of baseball this weekend Vestal pitching yielded no runs.