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Monday, May 28, 2018: Baldwinsville wins Sec. 3 Class A title in nine innings

   Leading off today: With nothing but goose eggs on the scoreboard through 8½ innings, Pat May decided it was time to shake things up.

   The sophomore gambled and won on the base paths Sunday, racing home with the game's only run as Baldwinsville edged West Genesee 1-0 for the Section 3 Class AA baseball championship.

   May produced a one-out single off the Wildcats' Liam Barry in the bottom of the ninth and stole second. When ball four to Jason Savacool got away from Connor Macko, May broke for third even though the ball hadn't skipped far from the catcher and Savacool had yelled to him to stay put.

   Macko's throw to third base sailed high and May raced home to end the contest.

   Bees reliever Jacob Marshall earned the win with two-thirds of an inning of work -- two strikeouts after his wild pitch advanced a runner into scoring position. Savacool allowed five hits and fanned 11 in 8 1/3 innings before hitting his pitch limit. Barry scattered seven hits in a complete game.

   Weather ... again: Heavy rain late Saturday and into Sunday morning forced the postponement of the Section 8 baseball Class A and AA championships. With the grounds at SUNY Old Westbury, officials were forced to take the rare step of rescheduling the contests for Memorial Day.

   "We tried to play as late as possible but the field just wasn't playable," Wantagh AD Jennifer Keane said.

   Defending champ Massapequa and Oceanside will meet in Game 2 of the best-of-three series for the Class AA title at 11 a.m. at SUNY-Old Westbury. Massapequa leads the series 1-0.

   In Class A, two-time defending champion Wantagh can wrap up its best-of-three by beating Levittown Division in Game 2.


   In Section 11, Rocky Point will play at Shoreham-Wading River in Game 1 of the Class A best-of-three series.

   Speaking of weather: I thought I was done reading and recommend- ing stories about the horrible playing condi- tions this spring, but Cap Carey did a nice job capturing the logistical problems the weather created in Section 10 from several perspect- ives.

   You can read the story here.


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  •    The family business: Texas A&M-Kingsville won its first NCAA team championship in the school's history on Saturday by capturing the NCAA men's Division II track and field crown.

       The Javelinas are coached by Ryan Dall, the former NYSPHSAA and Empire State Games pole vault champion out of North Rockland.

       Dall is in his 10th year at A&M-Kingsville and the new wrinkle this season was the addition of his father to the coaching staff as an assistant as well as to help coordinate the college hosting the 2019 and 2020 NCAA Division II championships. Gene Dall retired last spring from coaching at North Rockland after 47 years.

       "They're calling me their good luck charm," Gene Dall joked.

       Wicked schedule: Joe Casamento left Syracuse CBA after the 2014 football season to become associate head coach at St. John's College High School in Washington, D.C. He's now the head coach, and his team's schedule for the 2018 season was recently rated one of the five toughest in the country by USA Today.

       Their Washington Catholic Athletic Conference schedule is difficult enough on its own with the likes of Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha and Olney (Md.) Good Counsel, but the Cadets; non-league lineup includes:

    • Aug. 31, at defending Alabama 7A champion Hoover.
    • Sept. 8, home vs. Miami (Fla.) Central.
    • Sept. 15, home vs. IMG Academy from Bradenton, Fla., which has won 37 consecutive games.
    • Sept. 8, home vs. Marietta (Ga.)
    • Sept. 29, at Missouri Class 6 champion St. Louis Christian Brothers College.

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