PERU — With a four-run lead and the Division I crown on the line, Beekmantown baseball coach Eric Bell decided to keep the ball in Brandon Rabideau’s hands Monday.
It’s safe to say that decision paid off.
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Rabideau struck out four batters in a no-hit performance, helping the Eagles capture the Champlain Valley Athletic Conference Division I title with a 5-1 victory over Peru.
“He did a good job keeping us off balance,” Indians coach Brian Marino said. “We made contact, but right at people. He only had four strikeouts, so they played some good defense behind him. They had to make 17 outs in the field.”
Offensively, Beekmantown surged for four of its five runs in the top of the second inning.
“They had a walk and two singles to lead off the inning,” Marino said. “One of our errors cost us a couple of runs. Next thing we know, we’re down 4-0. The second inning was key for them.”
Peru answered for a run of its own in the bottom of the sixth, but was still unable to register a hit.
“I always thought there was a chance for making a comeback,” Marino said. “We had good intensity, and the kids never gave up. We just couldn’t string hits together. There’s always a chance to battle back down five, but it’s tough.”
Devin Fessette led the Eagles with two hits at the plate.
With the win, Beekmantown enters the six-team Class B tournament as the No. 1 seed, while Peru sits at No. 2.
“It’d be nice to get another shot at them,” Marino said. “Class B is going to be tough, though. On any given day, any team can win. Class B is not going to be an easy road.”
Beekmantown 5, Peru 1
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Rabideau and Manney. Casey, Delello (7) and Altizer. WP- Rabideau. LP- Casey.
Ticonderoga 5, AuSable Valley 0
AUSABLE FORKS — The Ticonderoga Sentinels will be heading into the sectional playoffs in good stead, thanks to a pitching gem authored by freshman Ryan Trudeau.
Trudeau did not allow a hit while striking out 13 and issuing four bases on balls in leading the Div. II champion Sentinels (8-5) to victory.
Center-fielder Jarryn Granger preserved the masterpiece with a nice grab of Austin Facteau’s long drive in the fifth inning.
“My hat’s off to the kid. He pitched a heck of a game, especially for a freshman,” AuSable Valley Coach Randy Douglas said. “He had a good curve ball working for him today.”
Ty Denno had two hits with a double for the Sentinels while Jordan Woods ripped a triple. Blake Gautreau, Mark Donohue, Miles Austin and Trudeau also had hits for Ticonderoga with Gautreau knocking in two runs and Trudeau, one.
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Trudeau amd Bush. Simpson, McDonald (2), Douglas (4), Preston (5) and Savage, Nolan (5). WP- Trudeau. LP- McDonald. 3b- Woods (T). 2b- Denno (Ti).
SARANAC 14, NO. CLINTON 1
SARANAC — The Chiefs rapped out eight extra-base hits in rolling past the Cougars to clinch the third seed in the Section VII Class B Tournament.
Jeremy Barber turned in a strong pitching performance in getting the win as he struck out three, walked one and allowed four hits in going the distance. Barber lost his shutout bid in the seventh when Josh Rabideau homered.
Durgan Zappala delivered the big blow for Saranac — a grand slam in a six-run fourth inning that gave the Chiefs a 10-0 lead. Zappala also added a double.
Matt McCasland rapped a single, double and triple for Saranac, while Tanner Rascoe and Andrew Tedford each contributed a single and double. Caleb Keysor tripled and Jake Griffin doubled.
Garrett Begore added a double for NCCS. Brent Stein, the first of four Cougar pitchers, took the loss.
—Saranac 14, NCCS 1
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Stein, Lamberton (4), Jennett (5), Forkey (6) and Rabideau. Barber and McCasland. WP- Barber. LP- Stein. 2B- Begore (NCCS), McCasland (Sar), Rascoe (Sar), Tedford (Sar), Griffin (Sar), Zapalla (Sar). 3B- McCasland (Sar), Keysor (Sar). HR- Rabideau (NCCS), Zappala (Sar).
LAKE PLACID 6, MORIAH 1
PORT HENRY — Ryan Meyer was at it again for the Blue Bombers.
Meyer struck out 10 and allowed only a sixth-inning run in going the distance for the pitching victory. At the plate, Meyer went three-for-three, including a pair of triples.
Eddie Kane drove in two runs for Lake Placid (7-7), which took the lead with two runs in the first inning and then scored three in the fifth for a 5-0 advantage.
Losing pitcher Christopher Clarke accounted for three hits for the Vikings.
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Clarke, Greenough (6) and Raymond. Meyer and Preston. WP- Meyer. LP- Clarke. 3B- Meyer (LP) 2.
PHS 14, Saranac Lake 5
SARANAC LAKE — The Hornets (10-10, 9-6) collected 10 of their 16 hits over the first three innings, scoring 11 runs, to take charge early.
Catcher Dan Hartman, with four hits including a double, led the PHS attack. Shawn Courson collected three with Robby Knowles, Nate Emery and Alex Maston each chipping in with two.
Gerrit Rietsema pitched the first five innings to get the victory.
Grant Strack and Brad Shumway rapped out three hits for the Red Storm (5-10, 5-10). Dylan Gunther, Trent Fitzgerald and Nicholas McCabe had two hits apiece.
Plattsburgh High 14, Saranac Lake 5
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Rietsema, Tolosky (6) and D. Hartman. McCabe, Fitzgerald (5) and Fitzgerald, Shumway (5). WP- Rietsema. LP- McCabe. 2b- Emery (PHS), D. Hartman (PHS).
Chazy 15, E’town-Lewis 5
ELIZABETHTOWN — Kyle Bisonette, Craig Botten, Hayden Guay and Jacob Kennedy all doubled in a nine-run fifth inning and the visiting Eagles (11-1, 10-1) went on to wrap up the Division I title with a convincing victory.
“This is our second MVAC division championship in the past three years,” Chazy coach Brian Norcross said. “I’m proud of the kids for the hard work they have put in during the season. It has paid off for us.”
Elizabethtown-Lewis (4-8, 4-7) committed three errors while trying for the third out of the fifth inning. In all, the Lions were charged with five miscues.
Botten led Chazy’s 11-hit attack with three hits while Bisonette and Josh Barriere each had two hits. Kennedy helped his cause by knocking in three hits with Guay plating a pair.
Kennedy went five innings for the victory, surrendering only one run while striking out seven.
Zac Noka-Bailey had two hits for the Lions and Tyler Hart, a double.
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Kennedy, Guay (6) and Reynolds. Morris, LaPier (5) and LaPier, Noka-Bailey (4). WP- Kennedy. LP- Morris. 2B- Botten (Ch), Bisonette (Ch), Kennedy (Ch), Guay (Ch), Hart (EL).
Cr. Point 5, Indian/Long Lake 1
CROWN POINT — Jaice Spring belted two hits, while Jon Spaulding scored on two occasions in the Panthers’ (10-4) four-run win over the Orange (7-5).
Crown Point put together five runs through the first four frames.
“We got runners on based and moved them around well,” Panthers coach Randy Pertak said. “We had some timely hits, especially in the fourth inning. Defensively, Danny Groshans pitched a great game with nine strikeouts. Overall, we had a great team effort.”
Kyle McMurty paced Indian Lake/Long Lake with two hits and an RBI.
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Farrell, Moore (6) and Short. Groshans and DuShane. WP- Groshans. LP- Farrell. 2B- Spring (CP), Sandiford (IL/LL). 3B- Spaulding (CP).
Wells 18, Johnsburg 5
NORTH CREEK — Seth Weaver scattered six hits and struck out 12 in five innings of work to lead Div. II champion Wells (10-2) to victory.
Jake Earley went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI for Wells. Ben Brenan was also 2-for-4.
Aidan Connelly was 3-for-4 for Johnsburg while Chet Prouty was 2-for-4.
Wells 18, Johnsburg 5
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Weaver, Hayes (6) and Brenan. Porter, N. Prouty (7) and Cleveland. WP- Weaver. LP- Porter. 2b- Earley (W).