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Sunday, June 10, 2018: Phippen wraps up state title for Ichabod Crane

   Leading off today: A no-hitter followed by a one-hitter was just another day at the office for Ichabod Crane pitcher Calista Phippen. This time, though, it added up to a NYSPHSAA softball championship for the Riders.

   Phippen stuck out 20 Olean batters in a 5-0 victory in the Class B semifinals and then allowed only a bunt single to Hallie Martin in the top of the sixth as Ichabod Crane beat Susquehanna Valley 2-0 for the championship.

   Phippen struck out 13 in the title matchup, bringing the right-hander's season total to 357 K's in 148 innings. The two-time Gatorade state player of the year was 22-1 with a 0.09 ERA and 23 hits allowed in 23 games this spring.

   "I put a lot of effort in, but my teammates put in just as much," Phippen said. "They had my back the entire time and I could not be more proud of them. I am just so happy that we could do this all together."

   It was the Riders' second New York State Public High School Athletic Association championship in four seasons.

   Fort Ann topples Deposit: A pair of two-run hits by Kayla Bailey and Becky Ostrander in the bottom of the sixth rallied Fort Ann to a 4-3 victory on the Class D final against three-time defending champion Deposit.

   The two finalists have combined for the state's last six small-schools championships.

   "Words can't describe what I feel now," coach Jason Humiston said. "It was David versus Goliath today. They're the three-time state champions, we just wanted to give a good fight, get to the end and see what can happen. ... We weren't even supposed to be out of Section 2. It's surreal."

   Bailey struck out 10 batters in the final after also working all 10 innings of the 5-2 win over Fabius-Pompey in the semifinals to begin the day.

   More softball: Chloe Whittier's sixth-inning grand slam completed the scoring as Victor defeated Ballston Spa 7-1 for the Class AA championship at Moreau Recreational Park.

   Sophomore Katie Sidare threw a five-hitter in the title contest after fanning 10 and allowing three hits in a 4-0 win over Minisink Valley in the semifinals.

    • Maine-Endwell completed its three-peat in Class A with an 8-0 win over Iroquois.

   Winning pitcher Emily Hess hit a two-run homer in the third inning of the championship game and struck out seven in a three-hitter.

   "To be here three times in a row and to win three times in a row, that puts you in some pretty lofty company with kids throughout the history of the state tournament,:" first-year M-E coach Joe Mancinelli said. "Today was her day."

   All nine players in the M-E lineup had hits in a 4-1 win over Averill Park in the semifinals.

   M-E freshman Helena Layton homered in each game Saturday -- her first two circuit clouts of the season.

   "I can't even describe my emotions," she said. "It's just so much excitement and so much energy. It's not comparable to anything I've felt before."


    • Chautauqua Lake earned the Class C championship with a 9-3 victory over Pine Plains.

   Olivia Anderson pitched both wins and helped her cause with an RBI triple to start a 2-0 win against Greenville in th semifinals.

   In the final, sophomore Sophie Woodis hit her first homer of the year for a 6-0 lead in the fifth inning.

   A championship rally: Trailing by four runs late in the game, Center Moriches scored seven runs in the bottom of


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  • the sixth inning and defeated Binghamton Seton Catholic 10-7 for the NYSPHSAA Class B baseball crown.

       Robert Copozzi's bases-loaded grounder eluded first baseman Tanner Sinicki for an error and cleared the bases as outfielder Luc Pasquale's throw went to the backstop, putting Center Moriches ahead 10-7.

       Dylan Bryant ripped a single to left to plate the first two runs in the rally.

       David Falco went 3-for-4 with a triple and three RBIs and earned the win by pitching four innings of relief. He allowed one earned run and three hits and struck out four. David Franchi collected the save with a scoreless seventh.

       Massapequa takes final step: After falling one win short of the state title in 2017, Massapequa took the final step with a 10-1 win over Baldwinsville in Class AA.

       After opening the season 5-6, the Chiefs won their final 17 games en route to their second state title.

       Phil Cottone's leadoff single, Nick Schwartz's walk and Andy Primm's single loaded the bases for James Zupo, who drove the first pitch to right-center for a triple and a 3-1 lead in the bottom of the first. Johnny Castagnozzi followed with a sacrifice fly and Aidan Cooney's single drove in Mike Moreno as the Chiefs took a 5-1 lead.

       Winning pitcher Kenny Galvin tossed 3 1/3 hitless innings of relief.

       More baseball: Queensbury's fifth trip to the finals proved to be the charm with a 5-1 win over Lakeland. Pitcher Jack Sylvia went the distance, allowing one run on four hits.

       Sylvia drove in the tying run on an RBI single in the fourth, and Mike Guido delivered a bases-loaded triple.

       "I've been getting texts and emails from guys that played for us 20 years ago and this is all for those guys who helped build the program," coach Jay Marra said… "Our mantra from day one as been 'Why not us?' so we are here. Thank God."

        • Jimmy Gross scored on a wild pitch in the eighth inning, sending Avon to a 6-5 victory over Ticonderoga in Class C. The Braves, playing in the final four for the third straight season, tied the game in the seventh as Max Countryman drew a leadoff walk and later scored on back-to-back wild pitches.

        • Darren Shaver belted a double and two triples as Deposit/Hancock defeated Fort Plain 9-3 in the Class D final.

       Shaver closed the game, going the final 1 2/3 innings allowing one walk and striking out two. He finished the season without giving up a run over 17 innings.

       Cole Russell went 4-for-5 and drove in four runs in the victory. He scored three runs, including a steal of home.

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