In the “AA” final, seven-seeded Harry Van Arsdale Educational Campus met the top-ranked Bathgate Educational Complex.
Against the Bronx-based Bulldogs, it was the Cardinals of Brooklyn who struck first, thanks to an RBI double in the opening inning.
Bathgate subsequently took a 2-1 lead in the second, and ultimately poured it on, winning 6-1 and claiming their first “AA” title in school history.
The championship loss snapped a four-game win streak for Harry Van Arsdale.
The follow-up “AAA” Final pitted the James Monroe Campus Eagles of the Bronx against the Grand Street Campus Wolves of Brooklyn. The Wolves, who were given a pre-game speech by Yankee relief pitcher and school alum Dellin Betances, entered as the number two-seed, while James Monroe held the top spot.
A Juan Pinero two-run single broke a scoreless game open in the second inning, giving the Eagles a 2-0 lead. After allowing an additional run to enter resulting from a bases loaded infield single, Grand Street Campus fell behind 3-0 in the fourth inning.
The tally remained as such, awarding James Monroe Campus their second consecutive PSAL “AAA” baseball title after defeating Grand Street Campus, thanks to a complete game seven-inning shutout effort from junior pitcher Edward Urena Hernandez, who struck out 11 Wolves on the evening.
Grand Street Campus had outscored their opposition 61-14 over five playoff wins leading up to the finals.