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.”
Shumway finished 3-for-3 at the plate, while Nicholas Bayruns belted a home run and a double. Dylan Gunther added two hits.
Caleb Keysor accounted for all three of the Chiefs’ hits in the contest.
One year removed from a Section VII Class B championship and a New York State Public High School Athletic Association quarterfinal trip, Saranac returned an inexperienced lineup for 2013.
“A lot of these upperclassman replaced seniors,” Trudeau said. “I’m proud of the job we did. We had to replace seven starters with four gone that were all-stars. An 11-8 season is not bad with guys on our roster that didn’t have experience in starting roles on the varsity level.
“I wish Saranac Lake the best of luck. It’s tough to beat a team three times, and they came ready to go.”
Saranac Lake is scheduled to challenge Peru in the semifinal round Monday at 4:30 p.m. in Peru.
Saranac Lake 7, Saranac 2
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Strack and Thurber. Medeiros, Stanton (7) and McCasland. WP- Strack. LP- Medeiros. 2B- Strack (SL), Bayruns (SL). 3B- Keysor. HR- Bayruns.
CROWN POINT 15. MINERVA/NEWCOMB 0
CROWN POINT — Joe Foote and Dan Groshans combined to allow just two hits and didn’t walk a batter in the Panthers’ victory over the Mountaineers.
With the win, Crown Point will play the winner of Monday’s Elizabethtown-Lewis/Lake Placid game in the semifinals.
The Panthers jumped ahead early, scoring six runs in the first inning and taking a 10-0 lead after three.
“We got ahead early,” Crown Point coach Randy Pertak said. “Joe led off with a home run and Luke Finamore had a two-RBI single, and the game just blew open from there.”
Foote finished with three hits to go with his home run. Jaice Spring belted four hits, including a triple, and added three RBI. Finamore and Jon Spaulding each had two hits and three RBI.
Foote captured the win on the mound, striking out nine and allowing two hits. Groshans struck out four in relief over two innings.
“Pitching wise they threw a great game,” Pertak said. “Not giving up walks with a wet field was important, but we also played smart defensively.
“Offensively we hit the ball well and ran the bases well. This was one of the best games we have played this year; it’s nice to see them peaking at this point.”
Jorge Bertomeau and Justin Viele had the lone hits of the game for Minerva/Newcomb. Wesley Labar suffered the loss on the mound.
Crown Point 15, Minerva/Newcomb 0
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LaBar and J. Viele. Foote, Groshans (6) and DuSshane. WP- Foote. LP- LaBar. 3B- Spring (CP). HR- Foote (CP).
CHAZY 15, WESTPORT 0 (5)
CHAZY — Top-seeded Chazy scored 10 runs in the bottom of the first inning and advanced to the Class D semifinals where it will play either Moriah or Wells on Tuesday afternoon. Friday’s game was called after 4½ innings due to rain.
Winning pitcher Josh Peete tossed the shutout as he allowed two hits, struck out seven and walked four. Peete also helped himself offensively with a single, double and two RBI.
Nathan Reynolds finished with a single, triple and two RBI, while Kyle Bisonette added a single, double and three RBI. Craig Botten chipped in with two hits and Hayden Guay contributed a double. Chazy finished with 11 hits in all.
John Doyle rapped a double and Sam Napper added a single for the lone Westport hits. Dylan Limlaw was the losing pitcher.
Chazy 15, Westport 0 (5)
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Chazy (10)32 0x — 15 11 0
Limlaw, Napper (3) and Morricette, Christian (3). Peete and Reynolds. WP- Peete. LP- Limlaw. 2B- Doyle (West), Peete (C), Bisonette (C). 3B- Reynolds (C).