Newburgh — Kyle Putnam's shot at the national record book ended yesterday. Then, after a huge gamble failed, so did Newburgh Free Academy's season.

Newburgh — Kyle Putnam's shot at the national record book ended yesterday. Then, after a huge gamble failed, so did Newburgh Free Academy's season.

Putnam, the area's best pitcher, had his streak of innings without an earned run snapped at 50ª innings. Monroe-Woodbury's Taylor Sewitt hit a run-scoring single with two outs in the third inning of this Section 9 Class AA semifinal.

Putnam was pulled after four innings and 70 pitches by Newburgh coach Matt Iorlano, with Newburgh leading just 5-3. Iorlano hoped Putnam would be able to pitch Saturday, if third-seeded Newburgh reached the championship game.

But sixth-seeded Monroe-Woodbury scored three runs in the top of the fifth off reliever Rich McKnight, and went on to win 7-5 at Delano-Hitch Stadium.

"We were trying to win the tournament, not one game," a despondent Iorlano said in the Newburgh dugout later.

"I realize that opens the door for second-guessing. I apologized to the kids if they didn't agree with what I did."

Putnam said the plan was he would come out of the game if Newburgh had a five-run lead. Newburgh (15-10) led 5-1 after two, but Monroe-Woodbury tacked on two in the third. Putnam said he "wasn't too happy" with coming out of the game, but said he "didn't have good stuff." Iorlano agreed Putnam wasn't pitching at his best.

Putnam, headed to Marist next year, also said he didn't know if he even could have thrown Saturday, with the two-day rest being his shortest this season.

"Maybe a couple of innings," Putnam said. "But if I didn't have a good bullpen in the morning, I wouldn't have pitched."

Monroe-Woodbury's reaction when they realized Putnam moved to first base:

"We knew it was a big mistake, them talking him out," Sewitt said. "We were going to beat them anyway. It just made it easier."

Interim coach Al Snider said Monroe-Woodbury (12-12) had four different coaches throw batting practice — all-out — from 40 feet, to get the team ready for Putnam's speed. Snider coached for Andy Sager, who served a one-game suspension for getting ejected from a May 22 game. Sager will coach Monroe-Woodbury today, when it plays at second-seeded Minisink Valley in the semifinals.

"Putnam struck out 11 against us the last time," Snider said. "But we were able to put the ball in play today."

Sewitt's run-scoring, one-out single in the fifth cut Newburgh's lead to 5-4. One out later, Chris Smith lifted a long fly ball to left field. Newburgh left fielder Joe Shaw ran a long way to get the ball, which tipped off the top of his glove. Shaw then, Iorlano said, got his foot caught under the fence. When he got loose, he couldn't immediately find the ball. Smith circled the bases and Monroe-Woodbury led 6-5. Kevin Salaman added a run-scoring single in the seventh.

Winning pitcher Bryan Penalo, headed to St. Joseph's University on a baseball/academic scholarship, pitched six innings for the victory. Sewitt pitched a scoreless seventh for the save.

"We feel like everybody wrote us off," Sewitt said. "So we had no pressure."