PLATTSBURGH — The Ticonderoga baseball team was never out of its game with Hoosic Valley on Friday.
The Sentinels, however, couldn’t get that one spark that could have turned the game in their favor.
John Rooney tossed a three-hit shutout and the Section II champions (21-3), who are ranked fourth in the state, recorded a 3-0 victory in NYSPHSAA Class C regional play at Plattsburgh State’s Chip Cummings Field.
The Indians will host Section X winner Brushton-Moira for the regional championship today.
“Absolutely, it was a well-played game,” Ticonderoga coach Dan Dorsett said. “There was pressure on every pitch. We wanted to keep the game close to give ourselves an opportunity to win — and we did.
“But we didn’t get the bounce of the ball to go our way all game. That’s the way it goes. Still, we didn’t score.”
The left-handed Rooney struck out 10 and walked one. He allowed a leadoff single in the bottom of the first inning to Ty Denno, a leadoff single in the second to Blake Gautreau and a two-out single by Denno in the third.
Denno, in the first inning, was sacrificed to second by Mark Donohue and he was the only Sentinel to reach second base in the contest.
It anything, Rooney got stronger as the game went on as he didn’t allow a hit from the fourth inning on. Michael Graney reached on an infield error in the fifth and Gautreau walked with two out in the seventh.
Earlier, Rooney tossed a two-hitter in the Indians’ 3-1 victory over Maple Hill for the Section II crown.
“We’ve seen a couple of pitchers like Rooney this season,” Dorsett said. “We had some good at-bats against him and put the ball in play. We wanted to put some pressure on their defense, but they made the plays.