CANTON — The No. 11 Saranac baseball team reeled off back-to-back wins over higher-seeded teams to claim its second Section VII Class B championship in three years May 28.
The team of destiny, however, ran out of magic Friday.
No. 10 Ogdensburg Free Academy scored four runs on five hits in the bottom of the fifth inning to capture an 8-5 victory in a NYSPHSAA Class B regional semifinal at St. Lawrence University’s Tom Fay Field.
After three consecutive singles to load the bases, Dakota Brady opened scoring in the fifth with a two-RBI double. In the very next at-bat, Jon Tayler added another two-RBI double for the Blue Devils (11-5).
“We had a little meeting right before the inning,” Ogdensburg coach Tom Pinkerton said. “We had a little meeting, talking about, ‘Hey, look it. There’s a long game here. Let’s just look at hitting the ball the other way.’
“I mean, a big thing for us is letting the ball get deep in the zone and hitting the ball the other way. We’re lucky we had the top of the lineup. We did a very nice job coming back and playing with some guts right there.”
Facing a four-run deficit, the Chiefs (8-8) applied pressure in their final appearance at the plate.
With two outs, Austin Staley and Cody Plumadore drew back-to-back walks, forcing Pinkerton to pull his starting pitcher and son Seth Pinkerton after 130 pitches.
Morgan Earp walked to load the bases, and then Caleb Keysor cracked an RBI single off Kinnon LaRose to cut Saranac’s deficit to three. But Ethan Goslin’s pop out to center field put a bow on the ballgame.
Seth Pinkerton finished with nine strikeouts and 11 walks.
“The toughest thing for me, as I said before, is that it’s my son out there,” Tom Pinkerton said. “You’re working against the father-son thing there the whole time. I walked out and Seth’s like, ‘I want to finish, I want to finish.’ But he had thrown enough pitches. His mechanics were breaking down.”