Mohonasen bows in baseball regionals
SYRACUSE Mohonasen’s remarkable postseason run ended Tuesday night, as the Mighty Warriors fell to Section III champion Mexico, 4-2, in the regional baseball championship game at Alliance Stadium.
“The kids had a great run,” said Mighty Warriors coach Jim Huggins. “They [Mexico] made a great defensive play in the seventh inning. If we got a hit there, who knows.”
The Warriors scored first, as Sean Shields had an infield single, stole second and scored on Ben Dalton’s single in the second inning.
Mexico came back and built a 4-1 lead after five innings.
In the Mohonasen sixth, Vinny DeMarco walked, and pinch runner Luke Flood came around on Robert Tedesco’s double.
Shields led off the Mohonasen seventh with a single, and Dalton ripped a shot down the third base line. The Mexico third baseman snared the line drive and turned it into a double play.
“Dalton’s really been hitting the ball, and he hit another shot,” said Huggins. “But their third baseman made a big play.”
Shields and Tedesco both had two hits, as Mohonasen finished with five base hits.
“We didn’t quite have the bats like we did in the last few games,” said Huggins, whose team finished 10-14. “But they played hard.
“Nobody expected us to do anything in sectionals, but they battled every innnig o every game.”
The two regional finals set to be played locally were postponed Tuesday, and will be played today.
Saratoga Central Catholic will meet Section VII champion Beekmantown at 4 p.m. at Queensbury High School in Class B, and Schenectady Christian School played Clifton Fine of Section X in a Class D contest at 4 p.m. at Bleecker Stadium.
Maple Hill’s Class C regional final with Section VII’s Ticonderoga was also moved to today. That game will be at SUNY-Plattsburgh, with a 4 p.m. start.
Mohonasen 010 001 0 — 2 5 3
Mexico 002 200 x — 4 6 1
Clark, Korszun (6) and Semerad; Passar and O’Connor.
BLUE DEVILS WIN
Meg Hallenbeck cracked a two-run double, and Jena Servidone threw a four-hitter, as Columbia beat Section III champion Liverpool, 3-2, to advance to Saturday’s state Class AA semifinals.
Hallenbeck’s hit gave the Section II champs a 2-0 lead in the top of the second, but Liverpool tied the game in its half of the inning on a passed ball and an error.
Meg Bailey’s sacrifice fly put Columbia ahead, 3-2, in the third, and Servidone didn’t allow another run.
The 20-6 Blue Devils will play Section V champion Fairport in Saturday’s 9 a.m. semi at Waterloo High School.
Fairport (24-2) beat Section VI champ Williamsville North, 2-1, at SUNY-Brockport as Syracuse University-bound Stacy Kuwik threw a three-hitter, striking out six.
Mechanicville travels to SUNY-Potsdam today for a 3 p.m. Class B regional final against Section X champ Canton.
The Red Raiders are coming off a 13- 0 win over Section VII champ AuSable Valley. Canton beat Salmon River, 6-0, for its sectional title last Friday, as Kacie Wentworth threw a five-hitter.
Hoosick Falls plays Section X champ St. Lawrence in a Class C regional final at 4 p.m. at the Adirondack Sports Complex in Queensbury, and Germantown takes on Section X champ Heuvelton in a Class D regional final set to follow the Mechanicville game.
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Liverpool 020 000 x — 2 4 0
Servidone and Dougherty; Sampere, Squars (6) and Romano.