June 5, 2013

Sentinels' future bright despite loss to Voorheesville


AMSTERDAM — The Ticonderoga Sentinels knew Voorheesville’s Mike Young could be dangerous at the plate, so when he came up in the third inning with two runners on, they intentionally walked him. Kristian Singh made them pay for that.

Singh drove in all three base runners to give the Blackbirds a 3-1 lead and they went on to a 10-3 win in an NYSPHSAA Clas C baseball regional final Tuesday at Shuttleworth Park. Voorheesville, from Section II, advanced to this weekend’s final four.

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“Everyone on our team can hit,” Singh said. “I would trust anyone with a bat on this team.”

Ticonderoga pulled ahead 1-0 in the top of the third when Jordan Woods flew a ball to the right-field fence and Miles Austin was awarded home plate after a runner-interference call. But Voorheesville (19-7) started to take over in the bottom of the inning, when Singh hit his three-run double. In the fourth, the Blackbirds took advantage of four walks and a couple of passed balls as they added four more runs. Then they tacked on two runs in the fifth to take a 9-1 lead.

The Sentinels (12-8) went through four pitchers, with starter Ryan Trudeau going three innings and taking the loss.

“We knew going in that (Nico) Church and Young, the one and three hitters, were very good. So we did our best to try to limit the situations they had,” Ticonderoga coach Dan Dorsett said. “But we ran out of situations where we could keep people off the base in front of them. And when you get behind in the count, eventually you’ve gotta throw them that pitch.”

Church had a double, a single and an RBI, while Young hit an RBI single. Singh went the distance on the mound, striking out eight and walking four. He said he was focused on pitching, and his success at the plate was just “a blessing.” And batting clean-up behind Young makes things easier.

“It’s actually a great feeling, because you know what? Every time I’ve gotten up, Mike’s already gotten half of my job done,” Singh said. “So the pressure always gets off of me. It’s much more relaxed.”

Jordan Woods led Ticonderoga offensively with two hits, including a double, and an RBI.

The Sentinels started a rally in the sixth, loading the bases. Mark Donohue sacrificed in a run, and then Ty Denno hit an RBI single.

Ticonderoga will lose four seniors, but Dorsett said it was important for the underclassmen to finish the game strong.

“We’ve got 10 kids coming back, and if they finished the game the wrong way, then we’ve already started next season wrong,” Dorsett said. “So we wanted to come back no matter what the score was to show that we had some life in us and be positive at the end of the game.”

Voorheesville 10, Ticonderoga 3

Ticonderoga 001 002 0 — 3 5 1

Voorheeseville 003 421 x — 10 12 1

Trudeau, Wright (4), Granger (5), Denno (6) and Bush. Singh and Paigo. WP- Singh. LP- Trudeau. 2B- Woods (Ti), Young (Vor), Singh (Vor).

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