PLATTSBURGH — The Voorheesville Blackbirds came to Plattsburgh Wednesday afternoon to prove a point, and they did so with emphasis.
Voorheesville scored runs in every inning to pound out an 18-0 victory of Ticonderoga in NYSPHSAA Class C boys baseball regional final action at Chip Cummings Field.
“The strength of our team is that we are a team,” Blackbirds coach Kyle Turski said. “There’s always somebody different who comes up big in every game. When someone struggles, someone else is there to pick him up.”
There were very few struggles for the Blackbirds in Wednesday’s game as the offense scattered 19 hits, most of them hard shots up the middle, in the gaps or down the foul lines.
Senior right fielder Kevin Connolly led the potent attack, going 5-for-5 from the lead-off position while scoring three runs and knocking in four. JD Springer followed Connolly in the lineup and cracked four hits and drove in five.
In fact, all but one of the team’s starters collected hits in the contest.
Just as impressive was the Blackbirds’ defense and pitching.
“In practice, we’ve been working hard on our defense,” Turski said. “They’ve worked on offense on their own, but we emphasize defense and pitching. That is what will win championships.”
Starting pitcher Anthony Scaccia limited Ticonderoga to four hits over the first five innings and struck out seven en route to the victory. Kyle Nichols pitched hitless ball over the final two innings.
If there was any opportunity to change the outcome of the game, it may have come in the bottom of the first with the Sentinels trailing 1-0. Starting pitcher Nate Lenhart led off with a line drive single off the glove of second baseman Springer. Lenhart then moved to third when Troy Granger put down a nice sacrifice bunt but no one for Voorheesville covered third.
Then Scaccia through a wild pitch, and Lenhart seemed to beat the throw from Blackbirds catcher Austin Bush, but Scaccia blocked the plate and prevented Lenhart from
“If we could have put a little pressure on them and kept them from being relaxed, who knows,” Ticonderoga coach Dan Dorsett said. “But they’re a strong team from top to bottom.”
Voorheesville held a 3-0 lead after three, scoring single runs in each of the first three frames. But the Blackbirds broke the game open with three in the fourth inning and five in the fifth inning.
Dorsett brought in Tanner Wright to pitch with one out in the fourth. Wright tossed a four-hit shutout a day earlier against Norwood-Norfolk in the regional play, but the Voorheesville offense was off and running by then.
“We did everything we could to stop the bleeding, but we faced a potent offense today,” Dorsett said.
Still, Dorsett emphasized the positives his team took away from Wednesday’s experience.
“We had a great season, and we got to the regional finals,” he said. “We graduate three seniors and will have most of our players back for next year. We started six sophomores (Wednesday). Our younger guys are only going to get better.”
Miles Austin contributed a double to the Sentinels’ attack. Ty Denno and Anthony Costello also had singles for Ticonderoga.
Voorheesville 18, Ticonderoga 0
Voorheesville 111 352 6 — 18 19
Ticonderoga 000 000 0 — 0 4
Scallia, Nichols (6) and Chiseri. Lenhart, Wright (4), Woods (6) and Bush. WP- Chiseri. LP- Lenhart. 2B- Church (V), Young (V), Connolly (V), Austin (T).