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Sunday, May 28, 2017: Saugerties pulls off another rally

   Leading off today: Seventh-inning rallies on consecutive days have advanced Saugerties to the New York State Public High School Athletic Association baseball tournament.

   After a 5-4 walk-off win vs. Wallkill in the semifinals thanks to a four-run rally, the Sawyers won their second Section 9 Class A championship in three years with a 12-10 victory over top-seeded Cornwall on Saturday.

   Cornwall rallied from a 9-4 deficit with a five-run fourth inning, but Saugerties scored three runs in the top of the seventh with the help of a pair of wild pitches.

   Hanging in there: Overmatched by Gerigh Hauser's 11 strikeouts through eight innings, Arlington broke through in the top of the ninth inning on Mike Bulgia's two-run triple and beat White Plains 2-0 for the Section 1 Class AA baseball title.

   Robert Fratarcangeli went the distance for 10th-seeded Arlington.

   Making them pay: Kevin Scrima's two-on, two-out single on a first-pitch fastball scored James McKiernan with the winning run in the bottom of the eighth as Pearl River beat Nyack 6-5 for the Section 1 Class A championship.

   Nyack had walked Sean Flaherty to get to Scrima, prompting a quick pep talk (and the suggestion of "disrespect") from coach Mike Oliva.

   "Kevin is the most competitive player I've ever coached," Oliva said. "Some kids may shy away from that. Not Kevin. He answers the bell. He loves those situations."

   Said Scrima: "I'm sitting in the on-deck circle thinking they might walk Sean. Righty-lefty vs. righty-righty -- it kind of makes sense. But this was awesome. It's why you play baseball. Championship game, get the game-winning hit -- there's nothing better."

   It earned the Pirates their first championship since 1984, their last year in Section 9.

   Champs ousted: Alec Ritzenthaler threw a six-hitter as Niskayuna downed 2016 NYSPHSAA Class AA champion Shenendehowa 4-0 for the Section 2 large-school championship.

   Down to their last strike: McQuaid tied the game in the bottom of the seventh on a catcher's interference call with two outs and an 0-2 count, then won 3-2 over Rush-Henrietta in the eighth on a combination stolen base/throwing error.

   R-H led 2-0 until Ben Beauchamp homered to lead off the seventh. Billy Kehrig singled with one out, stole second and went to third during a groundout, bringing Thomas Manno's to the plate.

   With Manno in a two-strike hole, Kehrig broke for home on the next pitch. Manno fouled off the pitch, but catcher's interference was called to bring Kehrig home with the tying run.

   In the eighth, Nick Tomei stole second, then swiped third and raced home for the win when the throw got away.

   Softball: In the completion of a suspended game, Williamsville North defeated previously unbeaten Lancaster 5-2 in the Section 6 Class AA semifinals.

   Winning pitcher Emily Nicosia homered during the Spartans' four-run fourth inning which began Friday, was halted by rain and resumed on Saturday.

   The Spartans will face defending champion Orchard Park for the sectional championship Tuesday.

   Sophomore superiority: Rocked for three home runs in her Suburban Council debut 22 days earlier, Averill Park 10th-grader Jadyn Lee threw a five-hitter and knocked in a run for Averill Park in a 2-0 win over Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake for the Section 2 Class A softball championship.

   The Warriors, with a combined eight freshmen and sophomores on the roster, captured the title by beating the top two seeds in No. 1 South Glens Falls and No. 2 Burnt Hills.

   "We had laser focus," Lee told The Times Union.


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  •    Sophomore third baseman Haleigh Burgess plated Aja Kerr with a run-scoring single with two outs in the bottom of the seventh as Cohoes earned a 1-0 victory against two-time defending champ Ichabod Crane in the Section 2 Class B final.

       "She's been so clutch for us all season," Cohoes coach Frank Ryan said of Burgess, who also drove in the winning run in the 10th inning of a 5-4 triumph over the Riders on April 17.

       More game-ending heroics: Shannon Bonewit's two-run single in the bottom of the seventh gave Kingston a walk-off win in a Section 9 Class AA semifinal vs. Middletown.

        • Freshman pitcher Grace Fanset hit a walk-off home run in the bottom of the eighth inning to lift Pittsford Sutherland to a 7-6 win over Batavia in the Section 5 Class A-2 championship contest.

       Moments earlier, Zoe Lehtonen hit an inside-the-park homer to tie the score for the Knights.

       Lather, rinse, repeat: Fort Ann ended Salem's perfect season and advanced to its seventh consecutive NYSPHSAA softball tournament with a 6-0 victory in the Section 2 Class D final. Kayla Bailey struck out 12 in a four-hit shutout.

        • Held scoreless through five innings by Vestal pitcher Lauren Lee, Maine-Endwell turned three doubles and a home run into a four-run sixth inning and beat the Golden Bears 4-0 for a sixth straight Section 4 Class A crown. Junior Emily Hess threw a five-hitter for her third shutout of the season against Vestal.

       In fact, all four Section 4 teams that earned NYSPHSAA championships last spring repeated as sectional victors. Elmira Notre Dame made it three straight Class C titles with an 11-1 rout of Union Springs, Binghamton downed Horseheads for the third straight season in Class AA and Deposit handed Edmeston its first loss of the season with a 7-5 win in nine innings in Class D for the Lumberjacks' fourth championship in as many seasons.

       Deposit tied the game in the top of seventh, wiggled out of a bases-loaded jam in the bottom half of the inning and prevailed in the ninth as Bryn Martin and Kyra Martin singled in a run apiece.

        • Saranac downed Plattsburgh in the final for the third time in a row. The 10-6 triumph gave the Chiefs their sixth straight Section 7 Class B title.

       Boys lacrosse: Canandaigua defeated Churchville-Chili 16-6 in the Section 5 Class B semifinals as Devin Andrews connected seven times to become the leading scorer in program history.

       Andrews' big day brought his total to 160 goals.

       Joe Post won 21 of 25 faceoffs.

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