May 25, 2013

Red Storm upset Chiefs in Class B

SARANAC — Some coaches believe in the old adage, “it’s difficult to beat a team three times in the same season.”

For Frank Trudeau, Friday wasn’t any different.

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Grant Strack surrendered three hits in a complete-game performance as Saranac Lake upset Saranac 7-2 in Section VII Class B quarterfinal play.

“I credit Strack on the mound,” Trudeau said. “He worked really quickly and threw strikes. His defense did the job behind him. We hit him fairly well, but we hit a lot of balls right at guys. He was able to get ahead in the count. It’s a tough loss to swallow.”

The Red Storm (6-10) took command from the get-go, registering three runs in the first inning.

Logan Wood scored on a fielder’s choice to open scoring. Then, Jonathan McCabe and Strack each touched home plate after being batted in by Bradley Shumway and Trent Fitzgerald, respectively.

Saranac Lake managed a three-run lead through three frames.

“They came ready to play,” Trudeau said. “In the first inning, they were able to manufacture some runs. They had three runs with one ball that left the infield.”

The Chiefs (11-8) were able to answer with a run of their own in the fourth.

The sixth inning, however, was Saranac’s best opportunity to minimize the deficit.

“We had the bases loaded, but (Strack) got a fly out and strikeout to end the inning,” Trudeau said. “He pitched himself out of a jam, for sure. When we had guys on base, we hit fly outs.

“When we did score runs, they answered us right back. When we scored that one run in the sixth, it was just to get back a run they had scored beforehand. They did a nice job maintaining the lead.”

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