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Baseball: Plainsmen can thank Patriots for No. 4 seed

Tuesday, May 22, 2012
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Schenectady gathered a whole lot of momentum when it rallied past Troy in its final Big 10 baseball game, and did Shenendehowa a big favor, too.

“We have not had a lot of luck in our corner over the last decade, as far as the sectionals go,” said Shenendehowa coach Jim Carrese. “Part of it was our doing. Part of it was the crazy doings of baseball.”

Carrese was referring to Schen­ectady’s effort Saturday, when it scored seven runs in the top of the sixth inning to beat Troy, 7-6. That loss left the Flying Horses 11-5 in the Big 10. Shenendehowa edged Shaker Sunday in the completion of a suspended game, 2-1, to finish 12-4 in the Suburban Council and claim its North Division title.

Shenendehowa (13-5 overall) got the No. 4 seed and a bye in the first round of the Section II Class AA tournament that begins today. Troy (14-6 overall), as the No. 5 seed, will host No. 12 Bethlehem (8-8, 9-10) today.

“Based on the way things usually work, Troy would have gotten the bye if they won. Schenec­tady beating Troy dropped them to five losses,” said Carrese. “We knew if we won, we’d get the bye. Our guys went in with the proper frame of mind, got the win, and we traded places that day.”

Schenectady (No. 8, 9-7 Big 10, 9-9 overall) will host Niskayuna (No. 9, 8-8, 12-8) today in one of the four Class AA first-round games at the Central Park “C” diamond.

“I think it helps us,” Schenec­tady coach John Isabella said of his team’s comeback victory from a 6-0 deficit; Troy beat the Pat­riots Friday, 6-3. “If they had demoralized us two days in a row, it would not have been good for us. That was a big momentum swing for us. I didn’t know it would help Shenendehowa.”

Seven walks and three hits, including an RBI single by Cody Shafer and a two-run single by Tyrone Cassetta, made for Schenec­tady’s late-inning uprising at Troy.

“An opening was created by the crazy game of baseball,” said Carrese. “They scored seven runs with one out, Troy lost, and that changed the dynamics of the tournament.”

“I thought they were going to pack it in. They just didn’t pack it in,” said Isabella. “Our kids have battled all year. That’s one of our trademarks. That’s why I enjoy them so much.”

Chris Miller delivered the deciding blow for Shenendehowa when he drilled a full-count solo home run in the fifth to give the Plainsmen a 2-0 lead.

“He fouled off four pitches with it three-and-two,” said Carrese. “On the 11th pitch of the at-bat, he put the ball out of the park.”

Guilderland (11-5, 12-8) received the No. 3 Class AA seed because it beat Shenendehowa head-to-head, 5-4. Both teams accumulated 16 points in the Suburban Council points system. Big 10 champion Christian Brothers Academy (15-1, 17-3) and Suburban Council South Division champion Columbia (14-2, 15-4) are No. 1 and No. 2, respectively.

Shaker (No. 6, 11-5, 14-6), which won the 2011 sectional flag and came within one win of a state championship, will host rival Colonie (No. 11, 8-8, 10-10) today. Suburban Council teams have won seven of the nine Class AA titles since the class was added in 2003.

Schenectady failed to qualify for the sectionals in 2011 after making it the six previous years. The Patriots’ last sectional win came against

Columbia in the 2007 quarter­finals.

“Our first goal was to make it. Our second goal is to get beyond the first round,” said Isabella. “It’s been a while.”

Reigning state champion Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake (No. 9, 7-9, 8-11) plays in today’s only Class A first-round game at South Glens Falls (No. 8, 7-7, 11-9). Foothills Council champion Glens Falls (13-1, 18-2) and Colonial Council Liberty Division winner Lansingburgh (12-2, 16-3) are the top seeds.

Saratoga Catholic (11-1, 16-2) is the No. 1 Class B seed, the same spot from which it launched its championshp runs in 2011 and 2010. The Saints also copped titles in 2009 and 2007.

“This is exactly where we were last year. This was supposed to be a rebuilding year,” said Saints coach Phonsey Lambert. “I’m pleasantly surprised with where we are.”

The Saints shared the Western Athletic Conference Southern Div­ision title with Fort Plain and took the league’s overall championship with no frontline pitchers and only two full-time position starters (Casey Cohan, Tyler Gereau) back from last year. The Saints two losses, against Galway and Glens Falls, both came by one run.

“We can play. We’ve beaten some pretty good teams, and we battled Glens Falls tooth and nail. We just don’t have the pitching we’ve had the last few years,” said Lambert. “We’ve got to swing the bats. We may have to outslug some teams.”

Colonial Council Patriot Div­ision champ Schalmont (13-2, 15-4) is the No. 2 Class B seed, and, like Sar­atoga Catholic, received a first-round bye. Patroon Conference leaders Chatham (11-3, 12-8), Hudson (10-4, 14-5) and Catskill (10-4, 11-5) round out the top five seeds.

Wasaren League champ Hoosic Valley (14-0, 20-0), Central Hudson Valley League winner Rensselaer (12-0, 17-2), Fort Plain (11-1, 15-2) and Adirondack League West Division titlist Lake George (12-4, 12-4) are the top Class C seeds. Fort Plain won its sixth sectional crown in eight years last season.

Adirondack League East Division and overall champ Fort Ann (16-0, 16-3), Salem (13-2, 15-3), Loudonville Christian (8-4, 10-6) and Germantown (7-4, 10-6) are the Class D top seeds. Loudonville Christian last year and each of the two Class D champs before, Fort Ann and Schenectady Christian, made it to the state final.

CLASS A

First round

Today (4 p.m.)

1. Christian Brothers Academy (15-1, 17-3), bye; 9. Niskayuna (8-8, 12-8) at 8. Schenectady (9-7, 9-9); 12. Bethlehem (8-8, 9-10) at 5. Troy (11-5, 14-6); 4. Shenendehowa (12-4, 13-5), bye; 11. Colonie (8-8, 10-10) at 6. Shaker (11-5, 14-6); 3. Guilderland (11-5, 12-8), bye; 10. Ballston Spa (8-8, 10-10) at 7. LaSalle (10-6, 12-8); 2. Columbia (14-2, 15-4), bye.

Quarterfinals

Thursday (4 p.m.)

At CBA, Shenendehowa, Guilderland, Columbia.

Semifinals

Tuesday, May 29

At Joseph L. Bruno Stadium, 4 and

7 p.m.

Championship

Friday, June 1

At Joseph L. Bruno Stadium, 4:30 p.m.

CLASS A

First round

Today

9. Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake (7-9, 8-11) at 8. South Glens Falls (7-7, 11-9), 4 p.m.

Quarterfinals

Thursday (4 p.m.)

Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake/South Glens Falls at 1. Glens Falls (13-1, 18-2); 5. Cath­olic Central (10-6, 10-7) at 4. Foothills Council (9-4, 12-6); 6. Amsterdam (8-8, 11-8) at 3. Queensbury (11-3, 14-4); 7. Scotia-Glenville (8-6, 10-8) at 2. Lansingburgh (12-2, 16-3).

Semifinals

Saturday

At Saint Rose, 1 and 4 p.m.

Championship

Thursday, May 31

At Joseph L. Bruno Stadium, 7 p.m.

CLASS B

First round

Today (4 p.m.)

1. Saratoga Catholic (11-1, 16-2), bye; 9. Tamarac (7-7, 8-11) at 8. Corinth (9-7, 10-9); 12. Watervliet (7-8, 8-12) at 5. Catskill (10-4, 11-5); 13. Broadalbin-Perth (4-10, 6-14) at 4. Hudson (10-4, 14-5); 11. Greenville (7-7, 8-9) at 6. Albany Academy (10-5, 11-5); 14. Schuylerville (6-8, 9-10) at 3. Chatham (11-3, 13-8); 10. Taconic Hills (7-7, 8-8) at 7. Fonda-Fultonville (9-6, 12-8); 2. Schalmont (13-2, 15-4), bye.

Quarterfinals

Thursday (4 p.m.)

At Saratoga Catholic, Schalmont and highest remaining seeds.

Semifinals

Saturday

At Bleecker Stadium, 1 and 4 p.m.

Championship

Wednesday, May 30

At Joseph L. Bruno Stadium, 7 p.m.

CLASS C

First round

Today (4 p.m.)

16. Mechanicville (4-11, 4-15) at 1. Hoosic Valley (14-0, 20-0); 9. Waterford-Halfmoon at 8. Voorheesville (10-5, 14-5); 12. Berne-Knox-Westerlo (8-5, 10-7) at 5. Greenwich (10-4, 15-5); 13. Canajoharie (8-5, 8-8) at 4. Lake George (12-4, 12-4); 11. Galway (8-5, 9-6) at 6. Hoosick Falls (10-4, 13-6); 14. Warrensburg (9-7, 9-9) at 3. Fort Plain (11-1, 15-2); 10. Whitehall (10-6, 10-6) at 7. Scho­harie (9-4, 10-7); 15. Cambridge (4-10, 7-11) at 2. Rensselaer (12-0, 17-2).

Quarterfinals

Thursday (4 p.m.)

At highest remaining seeds.

Semifinals

Saturday

At Shuttleworth Park, 1 and 4 p.m.

Championship

Thursday, May 31

At Joseph L. Bruno Stadium, 4 p.m.

CLASS D

Quarterfinals

Thursday (4 p.m.)

8. Fort Edward (6-10, 8-10) at 1. Fort Ann (16-0, 16-3); 5. Mekeel Christian Academy (7-5, 10-8) at 4. Germantown (7-4, 10-6);

6. Hartford (8-8, 10-8) at 3. Loudonville Christian (8-4, 10-6); 7. St. Johnsville (6-7, 10-9) at 2. Salem (13-2, 15-3).

Semifinals

Saturday

At Morse Complex, 1 and 4 p.m.

Championship

Wednesday, May 30

At Joseph L. Bruno Stadium, 4 p.m.

 
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