BASEBALL: The Ramblers rallied from an early deficit Thursday to beat Leyden 4-2 in Class 4A regional semifinals at Notre Dame.
Down 2-0 after the first, Loyola, the No. 4 seed at its own sectional, took a 3-2 lead in the bottom of second on a two-out triple by senior Henry Haracz that scored senior Johnny Mejia.
Before Haracz delivered the go-ahead run, the Ramblers tied the game with aggressive baserunning. Senior Will Jackson and junior Jack Moran each stole two bases and scored two runs, both on errors.
Loyola added an insurance run in the third on a fielder’s choice by Jack Moran for a 4-2 lead over No. 13 Leyden.
Senior right-handed Ben Wagner struck out nine and allowed one earned run in seven complete innings for the win. The defense didn’t commit an error.
Winners of five in a row, the Ramblers reached 20 or more wins for the third season in a row. Loyola (20-9-1) plays No. 6 Notre Dame on Saturday in the regional final.
BOYS TENNIS: Senior Alan Arocho, a 3-4 seed, won both of his matches in straight sets Thursday to advance to the third round of the Class 2A state tournament, hosted by Hersey.
Arocho beat Oswego’s Gabriel Sardo 6-1, 6-0 and Neuqua Valley’s Eddie Neuman 6-3, 6-3.
The doubles team of seniors Daly Frost and Tommy Sullivan won its first match before losing in the second round. Frost/Sullivan bounced back with a win in the second round of the consolation bracket.
After losing in the first round, the doubles team of senior Andy Paden and junior Jack Livaditis won twice in the consolation bracket to remain alive at the state tournament.