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Ticonderoga second baseman Jake Taylor puts the tag on Seton Catholic's Dylan Raville, who is out trying to steal second base during Thursday's CVAC baseball game. Taylor took the strong throw from Sentinels' catcher Zach LaPointe, Looking on is Ticonderoga shortstop Steve Burris. The Sentinels wrapped up the CVAC Division II title with an 11-5 victory. Bonus photos available at www.pressrepublican.com at midday

PLATTSBURGH -- The graduation of some outstanding talent off last year's championship team hasn't slowed down the Ticonderoga baseball team.

The unbeaten Sentinels (12-0, 9-0) have reloaded and defended their Champlain Valley Athletic Conference Division II championship with an 11-5 win over Seton Catholic Thursday.

Ticonderoga scored five runs in the top of the first inning on a long three-run homer to left field by John Breitenbach and a two-run shot to right by Krys Ross.

The Knights, however, stayed within 5-3 until the Sentinels broke it open with three in the sixth and three more in the seventh.

Ross finished with three hits, including a double and two home runs, to lead Ticonderoga's 15-hit attack. Steve Burris added three hits and three RBI, while Matt Streeter, Zach LaPointe and Breitenbach and chipped in with two apiece.

Hunter Denno went the distance for the pitching win as he allowed four hits, struck out 10 and walked four.

One of the bright spots for Seton Catholic (4-6, 4-5) was a two-run homer by losing pitcher Kellen Loughan in the first inning. The home run was Loughan's 10th of the season in 10 games, tying the CVAC record for homers in a year.

Matt Trombly added a two-run homer in the sixth inning, which cut Seton Catholic's deficit to three runs, at 8-5, at the time.

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Ticonderoga 11, Seton Catholic 5

Ticonderoga 500 003 3 -- 11 15 2

Seton Catholic 200 012 0 -- 5 4 3

Denno and LaPointe. Loughan, Fessette (7) and Ketcham. WP- Denno. LP- Loughan. 2B- Ross (Ti), Lenhart (Ti), Fessette (SC). HR- Breitenbach (Ti), Ross (Ti), Loughan (SC), Trombly (SC).

AuSable Valley 6

Moriah 5 (10)

AUSABLE FORKS -- Wins have been hard to come by of late for the Patriots.

And, it didn't come easy for AuSable Valley on Thursday.

Back-to-back doubles by Mike Plumadore and Josh Douglass leading off the bottom of the 10th gave the Patriots their victory.

John Michael Bresette, who took over for starter Tyler Cote in the sixth inning, pitched shutout baseball the rest of the way and picked up the win. Nick Popp, who relieved starter Adam Clark in the fifth, pitched well in taking the loss.

Andrew Bombard paced AuSable Valley with three hits, while Josh Haywood, Cote and Douglass all chipped in with two apiece.

Dustin Fernandez, Rich Larmore and Caleb Armstrong led Moriah with two hits each.

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AuSable Valley 6, Moriah 5 (10)

Moriah 120 020 000 0 -- 5 10 3

AuSable 100 130 000 1 -- 6 11 2

Clark, Popp (5) and Fernandez. Cote, Bresette (6) and Bombard. WP- Bresette. LP- Popp. 2B- Fernandez (Mor), Popp (Mor), Bombard (AVC), Cote (AVC), Douglass (AVC), Plumadore (AVC).

Beekmantown 8

Saranac Lake 5

SARANAC LAKE -- The Eagles rallied for three runs in the top of the seventh, two on Brendan Munro's triple, to defeat the Red Storm.

The two teams entered the final inning tied at five.

Munro finished with a triple and double for Beekmantown, while Aaron Goldfarb added a double and single, and Cory McCleary, two hits.

Andrew Price, who took over for starter Goldfarb in the fifth inning, was the winning pitcher.

Saranac Lake trailed, 5-2, before tying the score with three runs in the fifth.

Stephen Burpoe accounted for two of Saranac Lake's four hits, with one being a double.

Murphy Stringer took the setback in relief of starting pitcher Hector Rodriquez.

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Beekmantown 8, Saranac Lake 5

Beekmantown 040 100 3 -- 8 10 3

Saranac Lake 200 300 0 -- 5 4 1

Goldfarb, Price (5) and McCleary. H. Rodriquez, Stringer (6) and Burpoe. WP- Price. LP- Stringer. 2B- Goldfarb (Bee), Harvey (Beek), Munro (Beek), Burpoe (SL), H. Rodriquez (SL). 3B- Munro (Beek).

Peru 4

NCCS 2

PERU -- Tyler Hoey and Nick Lamica combined on a three-hitter and the Indians rallied past Northeastern Clinton.

Hoey went six innings for the victory. He allowed single runs in the first and second innings and finished with eight strikeouts and two walks.

Lamica pitched the seventh inning for the save, fanning three and walking one.

Chris Matott surrendered seven hits, struck out two and walked five in going the distance for the win.

"Both starting pitchers did well," said Peru coach Brian Marino. "Tyler got off to a little bit of a slow start, but settled down, and Matott did a good job keeping us off balance early on."

Alec Currier led Peru at the plate with a single and double. John Mackintosh drove in two runs, while Mat Turner and Matt Leta added one RBI apiece. Leta's hit was a double.

Sam Parker rapped a double and had a RBI for the Cougars, while Matott and Chris Garand accounted for the other NCCS hits, with Matott also having a RBI.

The Indians tied the game, 2-all, in the fourth and won it with two in the sixth.

The game was switched to Peru because of a wet field at NCCS. The Cougars, however, were the home team on the scoreboard.

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Peru 4, NCCS 2

Peru 000 202 0 -- 4 7 1

NCCS 110 000 0 -- 2 3 2

Hoey, Lamica (7) and Mackintosh. Matott and Bosley. WP- Hoey. LP- Matott. Sv- Lamica. 2B- Currier (P), Leta (P), Parker (NCCS).

Plattsburgh 21

Saranac 3

SARANAC -- Tory Bouyea rapped out four hits, including three doubles, as the Hornets rolled past the Chiefs.

Justin Mahan added three singles and a double for Plattsburgh, which broke open the game with seven runs in the top of the third for an 11-0 lead.

Pat Shaughnessy contributed a double and two singles for PHS, while Kenny Stay followed with a double and single in a 22-hit attack.

Jon Edwards allowed two runs over six innings to pick up the mound victory.

Nick Desroches paced Saranac with two doubles and Richard Chase added two hits, one being a triple. Shawn Wood started and took the loss.

Plattsburgh 21, Saranac 3

Plattsburgh 227 131 5 -- 21 22 1

Saranac 001 001 1 -- 3 7 5

Edwards, Lopez (7) and Goodell, Hatch (6). S. Wood, Kiroy (3), Canning (5) and Cross. WP- Edwards. LP- S. Wood. 2B- Bouyea (PHS) 3, Mahan (PHS), Shaughnessy (PHS), Stay (PHS), Tobrocke (PHS), Hatch (PHS), Desroches (Sar) 2. 3B- Chase (Sar).

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