PLATTSBURGH — Entering Monday’s NYSPHSAA Class B regional semifinal against Section II Schalmont, Beekmantown baseball coach Eric Bell asked his 18 players to do one thing — scrap.
Five innings of mistake-free baseball, though, just wasn’t enough.
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Down 1-0 in the sixth inning, the No. 11-ranked Sabres (20-4) surged for six runs before adding four more on two errors in the seventh for a 10-3 defeat of the 12th-ranked Eagles (18-4) at Chip Cummings Field.
“I think we played a fantastic five innings,” Bell said. “After five, we’re up 1-0. We had some tough base-running errors early on in the game. But bottom line is — we were up 1-0 going into the sixth and things kind of unraveled a little bit.”
With the bases loaded and zero outs in the sixth, Schalmont pinch-runner Chris Amorosi scored from third on a passed ball to tie the game at 1-all.
After Beekmantown pitcher Austin Bradish threw a called strike to batter John Pascarella, Eagles catcher Brandon Rabideau attempted to catch baserunner Kevin Paskevich off of third base. The throw, however, struck Paskevich and trickled away, allowing him to score.
Pascarella continued the relentless attack, slapping an RBI single and scoring Greg Musk to make it 3-1. With baserunners on second and third, Bell elected to pull Bradish for Quenton Barber.
Bradish totaled 5.1 innings on the mound and allowed five earned runs on four hits. The senior walked two batters and struck out seven.
“Austin Bradish gave us everything he’s given us all year long — five unbelievable innings on a mound against a really good hitting team,” Bell said. “That team has faced a lot of pitchers this year that are going Division I and Division II. So, they faced quality pitching. Bradish came in and just threw absolutely fantastic and matched their starter Greg Musk. As a coach, you can’t ask any more from your player.”