Sports briefs: Patroons take on Connecticut in regular-season home finale

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The Albany Patroons will play its regular-season home finale on Friday against the Connecticut Cobras.

The Patroons are 19-3 this season, are in first place in The Basketball League’s Northeast Division and have already clinched a playoff spot. In June, the Patroons will play either the Atlantic City Gambits or Syracuse Stallions in a three-game series for the Eastern Conference Northeast Division Title to start their postseason run.

Friday’s 7 p.m. game will be played at Washington Avenue Armory in Albany. General-admission tickets are $10 for the game, $8 for military/veterans, and kids 12 and under can attend for free.

FIVE RPI BASEBALL PLAYERS HONORED

Five members of RPI’s baseball team earned All-Liberty League honors, with Chris Grome and Martin Marinchev on the first team, Hudson Livesey on the second team and both Jake Defayette and Joey Saia receiving honorable mention.

Grome, a graduate student left-handed pitcher, went 5-2 with a 3.96 earned run average in 10 appearances for RPI this season, including eight starts. In 52 1-3 innings, he allowing 44 hits, struck out a team-high 59 batters and walked 16.

Marinchev, a junior designated hitter, hit .355 with a team-high 11 doubles, two triples, three home runs, 27 runs scored and a team-leading 31 RBIs.

Livesey, a fifth-year catcher, hit a taem-best .365 with four homers and 30 RBIs. Defayette, a graduate student outfielder and Schalmont High graduate, hit .294 with a team-best seven homers and 29 RBIs.

Saia, a junior outfielder and Voorheesville High product, hit .337 with four homers and 22 RBIs.

RPI SOFTBALL PLAYERS GET ALL-REGION NODS

Four RPI softball players were named to the National Fast Pitch Coaches Association All-Region III teams, with Gabby Comeau and Erin Askins on the first team, Jessica Torch on the second team and Erika Holowka on the third team.

Comeau, a junior catcher, led RPI with a .434 batting average and tied single-season program records with 62 hits and 16 doubles. She added a home run, 16 runs scored and 43 RBIs.

Askins, a senior first baseman, hit .379 with 15 doubles, three triples, two home runs and 37 RBIs.

A senior outfielder, Torch hit .375 with 39 runs scored and 27 stolen bases.

Holowka, a senior pitcher, went 11-6 this season with a 2.90 ERA and one save while striking out 110 batters and walking 31 in 106 1-3 innings.

BASKETBALL CAMP AT RUSSELL SAGE

Russell Sage College will host a boys’ basketball camp from June 27-July 1 at the school.

The camp is for boys ages 8 to 16 and costs $225 for the week. The camp includes offensive and defensive skills training, competitive 5 vs. 5 play, shooting contests, character education and individual instruction.

Registrations may be made at https://sagegators.com/camps. For further information, contact Brian Barnes at 518-292-1969 or [email protected]

SKIDMORE SOFTBALL’S WHITE RECOGNIZED

Skidmore College senior Megan White was named a National Fastpitch Coaches Association Division III Third Team All-American.

The shortstop is only the second Skidmore player to earn the honor. Dani DeGregory was the first in 2016. White was the lone Liberty League player and lone New York State collegiate player selected. There were 54 players voted to the 2022 NFCA Division III All-America teams. This year’s three squads are comprised of student-athletes from 36 different programs representing 10 regions.

White was the Liberty League Player of the Year after registering a league-leading .460 average. She finished the season as one of three players nationally to not strike out, successfully navigating 108 plate appearances. She totaled 17 doubles, three triples, two home runs, 23 RBIs and 36 runs scored.

Skidmore finished the season with a school record 24 wins (24-14) and competed in the Liberty League tournament.

ATHLETICS WIN

Greg Sulz had three hits to help the Albany Athletics to an 8-5 Albany Twilight League victory over the Troy Haymakers on Wednesday at Edsall E. Walker Field at Bleecker Stadium.

The victory extended the Athletics’ ATL winning streak to 28 straight games.

UNION FOOTBALL OPENS SEPT. 3

The Union football team begins its 2022 season Sept. 3 at Allegheny.

The Dutchmen’s home opener is Sept. 10 against Worcester State.

Union opens Liberty League play Oct. 1 when it hosts Buffalo State. The Dutchmen close out the season Nov. 12 with the Dutchman Shoes game at RPI.

LL-Denotes Liberty League game

Sept. 3 — at Allergheny; Sept. 10 — vs. Worcester State; Sept. 17 — at Springfield; Sept. 24 — vs. Utica; LL-Oct. 1 — vs. Buffalo State; LL-Oct. 8 — at St. Lawrence; LL-Oct. 22 — vs. Rochester; LL-Oct. 29 — at Hobart; LL-Nov. 5 — vs. Ithaca; LL-Nov. 12 — at RPI.

VALLEYCATS LOSE

WASHINGTON, Pa. — Scott Dubrule had a double among his three hits, and Nick Ward homered to lead the Washington Wild Things to an 8-2 Frontier League victory over the Tri-City ValleyCats on Thursday.

The ValleyCats trailed 3-2 heading into the bottom of the eighth inning when the Wild Things scored five runs to put the game away. Ward’s two-run homer capped the inning.

Jonah Girand hit a solo homer for the ValleyCats.

Tri-City vistis the defending Frontier League-champion Schaumburg Boomers starting Friday.

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