School notes: Baseball rankings
Five Section II baseball teams including Shenendehowa and Schalmont are ranked in the top-10 on the final New York State Sportsriters Asociation poll.
Shenendehowa (19-3) ended up No. 6 in Class AA and Schalmont (20-5) finished No. 7 in Class B. Both teams won league and Section II championships before their elimination in the regionals.
Fort Ann (22-2) secured the No. 1 Class D spot after winning the state championship and outscoring its final four playoff opponents, 47-0. State Class B semifinalist Queensbury (20-6) and state Class C semifinalist Voorheesville (18-8) finished at No. 3 and No. 4, respectively.
Section II’s other ranked teams are No. 16 Shaker (16-6) and No. 20 Columbia (17-4) in Class AA; No. 16 Scotia-Glenville (15-8) in Class A; No. 16. Johnstown (16-7) in Class B; No. 13. Fort Plain (20-3) and No. 19 Hoosic Valley (21-3) in Class C); and No. 13 Germantown (15-6) and No. 19. Loudonville Christian (11-6) in Class D.
NISKAYUNA AMONG ELITE
Niskayuna's 21-1 boys' lacrosse team shares the No. 9 spot on the final LaxPower national coaches/computer ratings poll. Niskayuna was No. 29 following the 2012 season, when it posted a 20-2 record.
Delbarton of New Jersey (17-1) tied for No. 9 with Niskayuna.
The poll is led by state Class A champ Ward Melville (22-0), and state Class B titlist Garden City (19-3) is No. 5. Garden City beat Niskayuna in the state semifinals, 10-9, on a goal with two seconds left.
Boys' Latin of Maryland (19-1) is No. 2, followed by No. 3 LaSalle College of Maryland (23-2) and No. 4 Malvern Prep of Pennsylvania (16-2).
The poll includes 3,480 teams.
Chatham softball star Kayla Doty has been selected the Section II Player of the Year after putting together a 19-1 pitching record and batting .522 for the state semifinalist Panthers.
Doty, a right-hander, struck out 253 in 133 innings and had an earned-run average of 0.79. Of her 48 hits in 92 at-bats, 16 were doubles and three were triples. The Patroon Conference Most Valuable Player scored 39 runs, knocked in 35 runs and stole 10 bases.
Doty will pitch for the University of Connecticut. In her varsity career, she posted a 70-7 pitching record and fanned 883.
Doty was named the New York State Sportswriters Association Class B co-Player of the Year as a junior. She helped Chatham reach the state Class B title game.