The Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake baseball team shut out La Salle 15-0 Saturday afternoon to advance to the Section II Class A title game against Troy.
Spartans starter Vincent Vendetti went five innings, giving up three hits and striking out six batters in his five innings of work. Mason Veronezi came closed out the sixth and final inning in relief, striking out two Cadets.
“Vinny is just a great,” Burnt Hills coach Josh Hadcock said. “He’s changed himself from two years ago as a sophomore on varsity, to now he’s 20 pounds heavier, he’s one of our leaders and he takes things one pitch, one moment at a time.”
Hadcock called Vendetti the Burnt Hills engine.
“He leads us off, he gets hits, he’ll steal a base, he’ll come around and score,” Hadcock said.
Vendetti delivered a lead-off single to left and scored the first run of the afternoon for the Spartans, before heading to the mound with a 2-0 lead.
“Those two runs right off the bat really made me relax,” Hadcock said. “We just took off from there.”
The Spartans (13-8) scored six runs in two different innings, cruising to the Class A semifinal win.
“This group that has worked hard since the second I got the job two years ago,” Hadcock said. “From working in the weight room all the way until now. They’ve jelled as a team, and they believe.”
Burnt Hills will host Troy (12-6) in Tuesday afternoon’s championship game. The Flying Horses defeated South Glens Falls, 14-2 on Saturday.
The Spartans will be looking for their first Section II Class A title since it’s state championship team in 2011.
It will also be the first sectional final at Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake since the newly installed scoreboard dedicated in the memory of former Spartan student-athlete Deacon Martucci was installed. Martucci died before his junior year in a car accident in August of 2017.
“We know Troy, they know us, we were all hoping for a home game,” Hadcock said. “It makes it that much more special with the scoreboard dedicated this year and being a sectional final as well. I told them we’re not done.”
In Troy’s semifinal win, the Flying Horses put up 10 runs — highlighted by Mike Kennedy’s grand slam — in the first inning and cruised to a five-inning victory. Kennedy also had an RBI single and finished with four runs scored. Joshua Ahrens had three hits and drove in a run for top-seeded South Glens Falls.
In the Class AA semifinals, AJ Hicks’ walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the seventh propelled Christian Brothers Academy to a 3-2 victory over Colonie. Luke Szepek drove in a pair of runs for CBA, while pitchers Joe Gold and Ryan Bilka combined for 13 striekouts. Tyler Sausville and Cameron Aery singled and drove in runs for Colonie.
CBA advances to the championship game to face Shaker, which pulled out a 2-1 victory over Saratoga Springs. Jovani Wiggs’ RBI double in the third inning put Shaker in front, after Joe Karpierz’s solo homer in the bottom of the first tied the game following an early RBI single from Saratoga Springs’ Alexander Teator. Joe Mirabile turned in a big effort out of the Shaker bullpen, keeping Saratoga Springs off the board for the final three innings.
TAMARAC, ICHABOD CRANE ADVANCE TO ‘B’ SOFTBALL FINAL
Ichabod Crane’s Bella Milazzo struck out 14 in a three-hit shutout to lead the way in a 9-0 victory over Schalmont in the Section II Class B softball semifinals. Emma Scheitinger’s solo home run got Ichabod Crane started in the first inning, and the Riders piled on four runs apiece in the fourth and fifth innings to break the game open. Sara Kindlon had two of Schalmont’s three hits, including a double.
Tamarac earned its spot in the Class B championship game with a 3-0 victory over Greenville as Moira Collins authored a six-hit shutout with 13 strikeouts. Gianna Bucciero provided the big hit for Tamarac with a two-run single in the top of the first inning. Greenville got 13 strikeouts from pitcher Melody Kappel.
In the Class C semifinals, Lake George powered to a 7-0 win over Whitehall. Shannon Starratt finished a triple shy of the cycle and drove in three runs for Lake George, and Madeline Gorey pitched a six-hit shutout. Lake George will face Chatham, a 9-8 winner over Warrensburg in Saturday’s other semifinal, for the Class C crown.
TRACK AND FIELD
Stillwater won the girls’ team championship at Saturday’s Wasaren League Invitational as junior Gianna Locci scored individual wins in the 100-meter dash, 200-meter dash and long jump. Hoosic Valley won the boys’ team title, while Stillwater’s Isaac Cutler turned in a huge performance in the field events with victories in the high jump, long jump, triple jump and shot put.
SECTION II TOURNAMENT
CHRISTIAN BROTHERS ACADEMY 3, COLONIE 2
Colonie 001 001 0 — 2 3 3
CBA 000 101 1 — 3 5 3
SHAKER 2, SARATOGA SPRINGS 1
Saratoga 100 000 0 — 1 6 0
Shaker 101 000 x — 2 5 2
BURNT HILLS 15, LA SALLE 0
Burnt Hills 206 106 x — 15 9 1
La Salle 000 000 x — 0 3 4
TROY 14, SOUTH GLENS FALLS 2
Troy (10)02 02 — 14 7 0
SGF 110 00 — 2 6 1
SECTION II TOURNAMENT
ICHABOD CRANE 9, SCHALMONT 0
Schalmont 000 000 0 — 0 3 0
IC 100 440 x — 9 11 0
TAMARAC 3, GREENVILLE 0
Tamarac 200 001 0 — 3 9 3
Greenville 000 000 0 — 0 6 1
LAKE GEORGE 7, WHITEHALL 0
LG 001 110 4 — 7 11 3
Whitehall 000 000 0 — 0 6 2