Amateur baseball: A's, Blue Slate win playoff openers
ALBANY — Derick Horn drove in two runs with a single and a double as the Albany Athletics defeated the Albany Senators, 6-2, Sunday in Game 1 of their best-of-three Albany Twilight Series semifinal series at Bleecker Stadium.
The A’s (33-6 overall) also got an RBI single from Tim O’Connor to spark a four-run outburst in the fourth inning. Justin Brantley got the win, scattering five hits and striking out five in six innings.
The Senators (12-13), who won the final day of the regular season to clinch a playoff spot, got an RBI double from Dale Long in the fifth and a solo home run from Scott Hladik in the seventh.
In another semifinal, Fred Esters hit a three-run homer, and Blue Slate scored six runs in the first inning to cruise to a 13-4 win over Nolan Propane.
AJ Ragone had a homer and an RBI double for Blue Slate. Max Keado had a double, two singles and two RBI. Pitcher Austin Chase struck out nine.
Patrick Reardon homered for Nolan Propane.
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Ramone, Kearney (2) and Hladik, Vandenburgh; Brantley, Salamida (7) and Horn.
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Sumple, Lasek (6) and Rader; Chase and Stanton.
Dacey lifts Dutchmen
ALBANY — Matt Dacey homered in the bottom of the eighth to snap a 9-9 tie and give the Albany Dutchmen a 10-9 Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League come-from-behind victory over the Glens Falls Golden Eagles.
The Dutchmen (22-16) were down, 7-0, after three inningsbut battled back and took a 9-7 lead in the seventh when Brian Ruhm scored on an error and Tyler Orris delivered an RBI single.
The Golden Eagles (23-15) tied it in the eighth on James Smith’s two-run homer.
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Cheray, Rugel (5), Folk (6), Fernandez (7) and Smith; Gallup, Parslow (7), Belcher (8) and Bianchi, Nethaway (9).
Raiders win title
COLONIE — Lucas Hadersbeck pitched a four-hitter, and Ray Osterhout and Mitch Forshey both drove in three runs to lead the South Colonie Raiders to a 12-0 victory over Guilderland in the championship game of the Upper New York State Connie Mack tournament Saturday.
Jayson Roddy led the Raiders’ 19-hit attack, going 4-for-5, and catcher Gus Flores was 2-2 with three walks, and scored three runs.
The Raiders, who were 5-0 in the tournament, advance to the North Atlantic Connie Mack Regionals, which begin Thursday in Troy.
“In my five years, this was the first year we had enough pitching to get through the tournament,” said Raiders head coach Dan Ferraro. “We lost four of our last six regular-season games, so I was a little anxious to see how we would show up for the tournament.”
South Colonie defeated Clifton Park/Halfmoon (2-1), Schenectady (15-12), Guilderland (8-7) and West Genesee (3-2) on its way to the championship game.
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Hadersbeck and Flores; Lima, Golderman (2) and Bowers.
ALBANY — The Saugerties Sawyers scored three runs in the top of the ninth inning to eliminate the Schenectady County Indians from the District 3 American Legion tournament.
Dustin Conte was 2-for-4, his last hit proving the difference as he doubled in three runs to give the Sawyers their 6-5 lead. Noah Vanderbeck was 3-for-4 for Saugerties with a run and an RBI.
The Indians finished 27-10 overall. They got an RBI single from Austin Clock in the first inning before he injured his hamstring reaching for a throw at first base. Eric Whitley added an RBI single in the fourth inning, scored twice and walked once.
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Myers, Da.Conte (5) and Detino; Butler, Flood (9) and Webber.
DUANESBURG — Kyle Baum, Josh Tusang and Drew Rice each had two hits and an RBI to lead the Schenectady/Schoharie Volunteers to a 6-3 win over the Clifton Park Gators in their regular-season
finale of the 18U Eastern New York Travel Baseball League.
Baum’s hits included a double. Craig Stalker went the distance on the mound to pick up the win, allowing just four singles.
John Kramer struck out 12 batters for the Gators.
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Kramer and Schott; Stalker and Billington.
COLONIE — Mike Jeffers, John Cady and Mike Spulnick combined on a four-hitter and struck out 10 as Clifton Park topped South Colonie, 7-2, in the Eastern New York 14U Babe Ruth Tournament.
Matt Straney had a two-run single for Clifton Park, which won its pool with a 3-0 record and will play in the semifinals tonight.
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Lambert, Szesnot (5), Mazzone (5) and Wainer; Jeffers, Cady (4), Spulnick (7) and B. Anderson, McCrudden (6).
PATERSON, N.J. — Hunter Treankle hit his second home run of the game in the top of the eighth inning to give Long Island a 10-9 win over the Clifton Park Attack in the semifinals of the AABC 12U East Regional.
Landon Fagle hit a three-run homer run in the bottom of the sixth to give Clifton Park a 9-8 lead before Long Island tied the game in the top of the seventh on an RBI single by Brandon Grunberg.
Brendan Spulnick also hit a home run for the Attack.
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Sanderson, Galillito (5), Coules (7) and Galillito, McKenna (5); Spulnick, Wright (5), Harrison (8), Boordam (8) and Fagle.
SARATOGA SPRINGS — Niskayuna and Spring of Troy advanced to tonight’s Cal Ripken 8U state championship game after semifinal wins at East Side Rec.
Niskya beat Orange County,
6-5, while Spring defeated Saratoga American, 12-7.
The winner advances to Staten Island for the regionals.