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Grand Island wins opener in State Legion playoffs

Lou Destino (Lew-Port) and Bryce Jellinick (Grand Island) combined on a three-hit shutout as Grand Island Post opened the New York State American Legion Baseball Tournament with a 3-0 victory over Schenectady on Tuesday at Murnane Field in Utica. Destino pitched five innings before Jellinick took over.

Grand Island (21-4) will face Sherrill at 5 p.m. today in the second round of the double-elimination tournament. The loss dropped Schenectady to 21-9-1 and sent it on to a loser's bracket game against Binghamton at 9 a.m. today. Players from Grand Island High, Niagara Wheatfield, Niagara Falls and Canisius comprise the Grand Island roster.

Manny Montes (Grand Island, Niagara CCC) had two hits, including a double, and Jordan Kowalski (Canisius High) had a double and an RBI for coach Scott Pufpaff's team.

The eight-team field includes defending champion Rockland, which defeated West Seneca, 4-2, in last year's state championship game.

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