HIGH SCHOOLS – Section II football released its five-class schedule for the 2022 fall season Friday.
For the second season in a row Section II teams will have the option to play a non-league game or schedule a scrimmage for Week 0, which is scheduled for Sept. 2-3. Regular season games begin Sept. 9-10 in Week 1. Playoffs will begin in Week 7 (Oct. 21-22) and Week 8 (Oct. 28-29).
Teams on the move — based on enrollment figures — include Mohonasen (from Class B to Class A), Broadalbin-Perth (from Class B to Class C) and Canajoharie/Fort Plain (from Class C to Class D)..
Hoosic Valley has merged with Mechanicville, and that combined team will compete in Class C, which has the most teams among the five leagues with 16 members.
Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons will not be fielding a team for the second year in a row, ND-BG athletic director Pat Moran confirmed, after its student-athletes previously competed as part of the Holy Trinity team that at times included student-athletes from Saratoga Central Catholic, Catholic Central and Bishop Maginn.
Non-playoff eligible teams that are competing down in class include Albany (Class A), Catskill/Cairo-Dirham (Class D) and Corinth/Hadley-Luzerne/Fort Edward (Class D).
Week 1 games include a non-classification matchup between CBA and Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake, which captured the 2021 Section II Class AA and A titles, respectively. Other reigning champions are Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk (Class B), Schuylerville (Class C) and Greenwich (Class D). Schuylerville was the 2021 state Class C runner-up.
BALLSTON SPA SOFTBALL WINS
In Suburban Council softball, Livia Wiltsie struck out 16 batters, and Lauren Jesmain and Carlie Koebbeman each had three hits in Ballston Spa’s 8-2 win against Shaker. Jesmain also had three RBIs, while Koebbeman contributed two. Two of Koebbeman’s three hits were doubles. Allison Piscitelli and Maggie Lyon produced two hits apiece in the win, and Marissa Moryl added two RBIs. Ballston Spa scored seven of its runs in the game’s final three innings, including four in the seventh.
Keeley Kristel had a homer, four singles and six RBIs to lead Scotia-Glenville to a 19-5 Foothills Council victory over Amsterdam. Adrianna Marcello had a homer and single for the Tartans. Shelby LaMont went 3 for 3 with two doubles and five RBIs for Amsterdam, and Elianna Tirado went 3 for 3 with two doubles and three runs scored.
Lindsey Pepe homered, drove in two runs and scored two as Queensbury topped South Glens Falls 5-3. Emma Sponzo had two hits for Queensbury, and Kylee Craft had two hits for South Glens Falls including a triple. Alexis Rogers had 10 strikeouts for the Spartans and allowed five hits and one earned run.
Olivia DeCitise starred in Troy’s 6-5 non-league, 11-inning win against Cohoes. DeCitise struck out 14 batters and allowed one run in five innings, and was 3 for 6 at the plate. Maddy Boehm added two singles and three RBIs in the win. For Cohoes, Marissa Dodge and Kaylee LaForest each had two hits, while Shelby Dawe pitched all 11 innings and struck out eight. The teams were tied 4-4 after seven innings, and both teams scored one run in the 10th inning before Troy scored the game-winning run in the 11th.
SARATOGA SPRINGS BASEBALL BEATS SHEN
Saratoga Springs topped Shenendehowa 6-1 in Suburban Council play. Owen Redick and Nathan Rodriguez each had two hits, and Redick had two RBIs while Rodriguez scored two runs. Also for Saratoga Springs, Noah Joly scored three runs. On the mound, Xavier Garcia struck out five batters and allowed one run in four innings, while Patrick Deschaine struck out four batters in three scoreless innings for the Blue Streaks. For Shenendehowa, David Gustafson had two hits and an RBI, Jack Griffin contributed three hits and Nicolas Jos added two hits.
Troy pushed three runs across in the top of the seventh and beat Shaker 6-3. Bobby Facto had a double, single and three RBIs for the Flying Horses, and Davin Keddell-Tuckey went 3 for 3 with two runs scored. Tommy Case and Joe Karpierz both had two hits for Shaker.
Thirteen Averill Park players had at least one hit in the Warriors’ 28-0 win over Albany. Joey Parrottino went 4 for 4 with two RBIs, Brady Mazzeo went 3 for 3 with four RBIs, and Alex Yash went 2 for 3 with three RBIs. Mazzeo was among four AP pitchers who joined on a two-hitter.
Duanesburg used a four-run second inning to turn back Fort Plain 6-1 in the Western Athletic Conference. Duanesburg’s Peyton Fall pitched a three-hitter, struck out 17 and walked one, and went 3 for 4 with three RBIs. Shane Wetherington went 2 for 3 with a double and two runs scored for the Eagles. Griffin McGinnis had a hit and an RBI for the Hilltoppers.
Tyler Daus went 4 for 4 with a triple, double, three RBIs and three runs scored in Fonda-Fultonville’s five-inning 12-0 win over Mayfield. Jackson Cusack had a hit and two RBIs for the Braves, and Jackson Croucher and Joey Susi combined on a two-hitter with eight strikeouts.
Hudson Falls won 7-4 against Johnstown in Foothills Council play. Peyton Smith struck out 11 over 6 1-3 innings to earn the win for Hudson Falls. Carter Cheney had two hits and an RBI for the Sir Bills. Johnstown scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning.
Spencer Cotugno went 3 for 4 with a double and two RBIs as part of Amsterdam’s 5-3 win over South Glens Falls. Brady Foss and Kia Brennan both added two hits for Amsterdam.
Brenden Steinberg pitched a four-hitter, and Luke Sherman went 2 for 3 with a double and the game’s lone RBI in Shuylerville’s 1-0 win over Broadalbin-Perth. DJ Wallace had a double for the Patriots.
Broadalbin-Perth rebounded with a 6-2 non-league win over Hoosic Valley later Friday as Wallace pitched three-hit ball and struck out nine over 6 ⅔ innings. Wallace and Bennett Armstrong both had a double to lead the Patriots’ offense. Jimmy Bolognino had a hit and an RBI for Hoosic Valley.
Colonie won 12-5 against Queensbury in another non-league game. The teams were tied at 5-5 before Kiernan Aery had the go-ahead RBI single in the sixth inning. Tyler Sausville had two doubles and four RBIs to lead Colonie, while Aery, Brendan Shea and Caleb Eastman each had multiple hits.
Jerek Hobbs had a triple and single, and Kyle Franke had a triple and an RBI for Schalmont in a 5-2 non-league loss to Wallington from New Jersey. Schalmont scored both of its runs in the first inning.