Brady Mazzeo pitched a complete-game shutout, lifting Averill Park to a 3-0 win over Hamburg of Section VI to win the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Class A baseball championship at Binghamton University on Saturday.
Offensively, Ethan Nardacci hit a two-run triple in the first inning, and finished 2 for 3 with a stolen base. Averill Park (21-6) added a run in the third when Hunter Willett’s fielder’s choice scored a runner from third.
It was the first state baseball title for Averill Park, which allowed just two runs in four state tournament games.
In Class C, Tate Van Alstyne came on in relief to strike out the last batter with the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh to preserve Chatham’s 6-4 win over Chester (Section IX) in the championship at Mirabito Stadium.
Van Alstyne also had an RBI single in the second, when Chatham scored four runs. Matt Radley hit a two-run single.
Chatham’s other runs came in the seventh. Tyler Kneller hit a one-out double, Michael Pierro knocked him in with a triple and later scored on an error. Pierro finished 2 for 4 with two runs.
Schuylerville rallied to send its game into extra innings, but lost to Spackenkill (Section IX) 6-4 in eight innings of the Class B state baseball final at Binghamton University.
Spackenkill got out to a 2-0 lead after two and a half innings, but Schuylerville (20-7) got one back in the bottom of the third on a wild pitch.
After Spackenkill increased its lead to 4-1 after four and a half, Schuylerville tied it at 4 in the bottom part of the inning on Carson Patrick’s two-run double and a Mark Earley sacrifice fly.
Spackenkill (25-2) won it thanks to scoring on a wild pitch and an infield single in the top of the eighth.
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CHATHAM 6, CHESTER 4
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SPACKENKILL 6, SCHUYLERVILLE 4 (8)
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Schuylerville 001 030 00 — 4
GREENWICH, ICHABOD CRANE WIN SOFTBALL TITLES
A pair of Section II teams came home from Moriches Athletic Complex on Long Island with state softball championships, as Ichabod Crane and Greenwich captured the Class B and C titles, respectively.
Ichabod Crane beat Section IV representative Chenango Valley 12-0 in the state title game to cap off a 25-0 season. Kari Graziano pitched a three-hit shutout for the Riders and also drove in two runs in a game that was ended after six innings due to the mercy rule.
Makayla Walsh added a home run for Ichabod Crane, and Emma Scheitinger went 3 for 4 with two RBIs.
Ichabod Crane advanced to the final with a 14-2, five-inning win over Depew that was sparked by a seven-run fourth inning. Graziano went 3 for 3 with four RBIs, Walsh went 3 for 4 with three RBIs and Clare Knapp homered for the Riders .
In Class C, Greenwich plated three runs in the top of the eighth inning and shut the door in the bottom of the eighth to secure a 4-1 championship game victory over Section IV’s Greene.
Greenwich advanced to the final with a 5-0 win over Section V’s Avon.
Two other Section II teams fell in Saturday’s semifinal games.
In Class A, Troy’s run came to an end in the semifinals as the Flying Horses fell 4-2 to Section IV’s Vestal.
In Class D, Argyle fell 8-3 in its semifinal to Section III’s Oriskany.
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Ichabod Crane 202 73 — 14 16 0
ICHABOD CRANE 12, CHENANGO VALLEY 0
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QUEENSBURY FALLS IN LACROSSE FINAL
Queensbury’s bid to become the first Section II girls’ lacrosse team to claim a state championship came up short Saturday at SUNY Cortland.
Section V’s Victor defeated Queensbury 14-5 to win its first state championship. In the Class B final, Victor scored 10 of the game’s first 11 goals and maintained at least a seven-score advantage throughout the second half.
The defeat for Queensbury was its first of the season after it had won its first 17 games. Victor’s win improved its record to 21-1.
Eva Pronti starred for Victor with two goals and six assists, while Devin Livingston produced three goals and one assist. For Queensbury, Brigid Duffy had a goal and an assist.
Queensbury was Section II’s first team since Guilderland in 2009 to play for a state title. Queensbury, in its first-ever appearance in the state final four, became the fifth Section II team to play for a state championship.
Halftime score: Victor led 10-3. Queensbury scoring: Br. Duffy 1-1, Ballard 1-0, K. Duffy 1-0, Barton 1-0, Montgomery 1-0, Donahue 0-1. Victor scoring: Livingston 3-1, Pronti 2-6, Mabbett 2-1, Keenan 2-0, DeRosa 2-0, Bruno 2-0, Boland 1-0. Goalies: Queensbury, Bauer, 1 save; Johnson, 0 saves; Ba. Duffy, 2 saves. Victor, Schottland, 3 saves.