June 3, 2013

Lake Placid peaking for regionals

CANTON — Lake Placid will put its seven-game winning streak and NYSPHSAA tournament life on the line today (4 p.m.) against Heuvelton at SUNY Canton.

The Blue Bombers (10-7) are coming off a hard-fought 2-0 victory over Chazy (13-2) on Friday  to claim the Section VII Class D Championship.

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“Their confidence level is very high right now,” Lake Placid coach Brian Brandes said. “I’m impressed with their attention to detail; they don’t take anything for granted.”

“They don’t talk about wins and losses; they focus on the small things. The big things will come after,” he added.

Lake Placid is no stranger to state playoffs in baseball; however, it has been almost 20 years since the Blue Bombers won it all in 1994 when they were coached by Jim Faucher.

The Heuvelton Bulldogs clinched their first Section X Class D title in seven years last week, downing Morrisville.

Heuvelton has had a solid season posting a 17-0. The Bulldogs, who played an all-Class D schedule, outscored their opponents 255-46. They only allowed more than three runs five times this year.

On the other hand, Lake Placid faced some pretty tough Class B and Class C teams this year. Early on, the Blue Bombers came back from a seven-run deficit to beat Plattsburgh 12-11. The Blue Bombers then dropped a close 7-5 decision to eventual Section VII Class B champion Beekmantown.

“Hopefully, playing the bigger schools will help us,” Lake Placid coach Brian Brandes acknowledged. “The good competition we will see in Class D will be similar to the big teams we have seen this year.”

Pitching has been one of the key factors in the Blue Bombers’ success. Brandes believes that with good pitching comes fewer field errors and a better chance of winning.

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