Champlain Cougars conclude season

PLATTSBURGH — The Champlain Cougars 17U baseball team closed out its summer season Saturday by winning one and losing one against 19U competition.

The Cougars recorded a 12-4 over the Plattsburgh Falcons and then gave a strong Montreal Titans team a good game before falling, 4-2.

Against the Falcons, Aidan LaValley, Hunter LaValley, Seamus Andrew and Jack Bulson led Champlain with two hits each, with Aidan LaValley getting a triple. Brayden LaValley, Noah Gonyo, Bryan Claudio and Gabe Sisco added a hit apiece. Ben Norcross was the winning pitcher, and Bryan Claudio posted the save.

Norcross accounted for a triple and single versus the Titans, while Hunter LaValley, Gonyo and Angel Claudio chipped in with a hit each. Starter Bryan Claudio and reliever Brayden LaValley combined on a five-hitter and seven strikeouts.

"The 17U finished the summer season with a 10-11-2 record playing against quality teams," head coach Jeff Norton said. "The highlight of the summer was winning our age division championship in the Lake Placid Showcase with an unbeaten 3-0-1 record. Over 80 percent of our players are from the Northeastern Clinton School District, and our 17U and 14U teams combined to play 41 games during the summer.

"The coaches want to thank the players for their commitment, and hopefully the summer experience will help them achieve more success at the high school level. We play no home games in Champlain and special thanks go to all the parents and families who have put in many hours and travel supporting the players and the program."

The 17U Cougars participated in tournaments in Malone, Montreal, Plattsburgh and Lake Placid during the summer.