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Ticonderoga shortstop Matt Streeter tags out Seton Catholic's Pat Murnane on a successful pickoff attempt during the third inning of the Section VII Class C championship game at Chip Cummings Field Thursday. The Sentinels captured the title with a 15-3 victory over the Knights. Bonus photos of this game will be available at pressrepublican.com at midday

PLATTSBURGH -- Ticonderoga found itself trailing 1-0 to Seton Catholic after the first inning.

The Sentinels didn't trail for very long.

After tying the game in the second inning, Ticonderoga (16-0) scored eight unanswered runs on its way to defeating the Knights, 15-3, and capturing the Section VII Class C baseball title at Chip Cummings Field on Thursday.

Ticonderoga holds a bye in the next round and will play the winner of the game between Section X and Section II in the NYSPHSAA quarterfinals.

"I am very proud of these guys," Sentinels head coach Dan Dorsett said. "It's not just going undefeated, but the way that we approached each game. We took it one game at a time.

"With our success last season we knew that nothing was just going to be given to us. We focused from the first game all the way through and we got better as a baseball team."

Steve Burris pitched a masterful game for Ticonderoga, striking out 10, walking two and scattering six hits in taking the victory. Hunter Denno shut the door in the seventh inning with three straight outs, including a pair of strikeouts.

"(Burris) has had the flu and been held out of practice the past few days," Dorsett said. "He really came up big for us today; he has been the ace of the staff since day one.

"Denno has been a big surprise and has really been clutch. He definitely gives us options."

Seton Catholic was able to get to Burris early when Billy Bower singled and later scored on Dylan Raville's RBI-ground out.

The Knights held the lead through the first inning as junior varsity call up Matt Seymour held the Sentinels in check allowing just one hit.

Things started to fall apart for the young Seymour as Krys Ross tied the game at one on Jake Taylor's single in the second inning.

Ticonderoga then broke things open in the third. Matt Streeter knocked in Burris on a double, and Streeter and Zach LaPointe came around to score on John Breitenbach's single. Adam Pond made it 5-1 when he touched home on Taylor's single.

"There was a good balance to us today," Dorsett said. "Taylor had two big RBI for us early on."

LaPointe tripled in the fourth to score Burris and later came around to score when Todd Carr reached on an error -- one of eight in the game for the Knights.

The score ballooned to 9-1 after five when James Lenhart scored on a Burris single and pinch runner Dan Steitz touched home on a LaPointe sacrifice fly.

Seton Catholic came alive in the sixth inning as Matt Trombly doubled to score Raville. Jim Akey then plated Kent Fessette on a sacrifice fly to close the gap to 9-3.

The Sentinels, however, scored six in the bottom of the inning to knock the wind out of the Knights sails.

"Seton had a lot of momentum early on and I got a little nervous after the first," Dorsett said. "We stayed focus and once we started hitting I knew things would be good.

"Everyone had a role today. We had some big studs last season, and we have a few this year as well. We are lucky to have a four-year starter behind home plate (Zach LaPointe). I haven't called one pitch this season and not one ball got passed him today, but that's every game."

Burris finished with two hits and scored three runs for the Sentinels. Streeter contributed two hits, including a double while LaPointe added two with a triple. Ross and Taylor each chipped in with a pair of hits.

Bower paced Seton Catholic with two hits while Trombly belted a double. Pat Murnane, Akey and Fessette each had a single.

Seymour, who took the loss, struck out two and walked one.

"This is a good group of kids." Knights head coach Mike Jodoin said. "You're not going to beat too may teams with as many as errors as we had, and we didn't have any timely hits.

"We were emotionally ready to play, but physically we were not as dominant. We got beat by a better team."

"Seton is a lot better than their record," Dorsett said. "They have a lot of solid players that you have to worry about. And I really like the energy that their coach brings to the team."

Ticonderoga 15, Seton Catholic 3

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Seymour, Raville (3), Loughan (6) and Ketchum. Burris, Denno (7) and LaPointe. WP- Burris. LP- Seymour. 2B- Trombly (SC), Streeter (T). 3B- LaPointe (T).

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