PERU — Plattsburgh High had its present and future displayed on the mound on Saturday.
Fourteen-year-old freshman Warren Miller tossed a three-hit shutout as the second-seeded Hornets captured the Section VII Class B baseball championship with a 5-0 victory over top-seeded Peru.
Miller struck out eight and walked four in going the distance.
“Warren has been one of our best pitchers all season,” Hornets' coach Pat Shaughnessy said. “He closed out our previous game in the semifinals. We have a lot of confidence in him and he is composed on the mound. He throws a lot of strikes and lets our defense do its job.”
“Plattsburgh played a really good game and Miller did a good job keeping us off balance,” Peru coach Brian Marino said.
Losing pitcher Zach O'Connell also went the route as he surrendered seven hits, walked three, hit two batters and fanned seven.
“Division I was very competitive this year with four teams separated by one game,” Shaughnessy said. “We've faced some strong pitching all season and this is the first time we faced O'Connell, who is also a good pitcher.”
Carter King and Colin Golden paced the Hornets with two hits apiece, with Golden driving in two runs and King getting a double.
“We preach getting quality at-bats and even when we don't get a hit, we want to make the opposing pitcher work and throw pitches,” Shaughnessy said. “We had a couple of empty at-bats today, but we played well as a team.”
Landen Duprey accounted for two-thirds of the Nighthawks' offense with a double and single. Dillon Haudberg had the other Peru hit.
Peru was looking for a sweep of honors in the big schools after winning the CVAC Division I title.
“We had a real good season and were able to play a 14-game schedule in winning our division,” Marino said.
“I'm proud of what the boys were able to accomplish with such a young team. We started three freshmen today. The future looks good for us.”
The Hornets jumped on top with a run in the top of the first inning. Jace Lacey led off, reached on an infield throwing error and would later score on Golden's two-out single.
Plattsburgh then took early control of the contest by pushing across three runs in the second for a 4-0 advantage.
Miller led off the inning with a single and Ethan Kay was hit by a pitch. With two out, Lacey singled in a run, with a second runner crossing the plate on a throwing error. King then rapped a double to drive in the third run of the inning.
“They had a big second inning and that took some of the wind out of our sails,” Marino said. “We made a couple of errors and they were able to take advantage.”
The Hornets added their fifth run in the fifth on consecutive singles by King, Brayden Trombley and Golden, with Golden getting his second RBI of the game.
The Nighthawks threatened in the home half of the fifth, putting runners on first and third with one out. But Miller avoided any trouble by inducing an infield pop and fly ball to center to end the threat.
Then, in the sixth, Peru got its leadoff hitter aboard. But, Hornets' second baseman Brandt Clarke made a great catch on a fly ball hit into shallow right, wheeled and doubled the runner off first base with a perfect throw.
“It's nice to end the season with a win,” Shaughnessy said. “I like our lineup and felt we had the strongest lineup in the division. But I'm proud of all the players on the roster.”
Plattsburgh 5, Peru 0
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Miller and Lacey. O'Connell and Duprey. WP- Miller. LP- O'Connell. 2B- King (PHS), Duprey PCS).