Fonda-Fultonville gave new meaning to the term walk-off win.
Down, 2-1, in the bottom of the seventh inning, the Braves drew five walks, including two with the bases loaded, to overtake Voorheesville, 3-2, in the Section II Class B baseball championship game Wednesday at Joseph L. Bruno Stadium.
The Braves certainly capitalized on a tremendous opportunity, as Voorheesville ace pitcher Nick Chiseri allowed only four hits through the first six innings.
But the sophomore workhorse left-hander got into trouble in the seventh. He retired Brandon Baker on a grounder to short before allowing a walk to Lucas Calkins. When Kevin Myers popped out to the catcher, the Blackbirds looked like they were ready to clinch the win.
But Anthony Sinicropi and Zak Shaw walked to load the bases. Voorheesville almost got out of trouble when first baseman Alex Minnick circled under a foul popup, but he dropped the ball, giving Shaw new life.
Chiseri walked Patrick Hart to tie the score, and he was finally lifted after throwing 132 pitches.
Kristian Singh came on in relief, and he walked Baylee Hall with the winning run.
“This feels awesome,” said Fonda-Fultonville coach Rick Palumbo. “It’s a long time coming. We’ve come close so many times. It was a nice comeback. We waited out their pitcher.”
Chiseri struck out six and was in control most of the game against the Braves, but he simply wore out in the final couple of innings.
“There were two great pitchers out there. Both guys pitched solidly. Their guy was tremendous, and Zak has been our ace,” said Palumbo. “This is not the way I expected to win this game, but we’ll take it.”
Like Chiseri, Shaw was excellent on the mound. He struck out eight and allowed only two hits. Both Blackbirds’ runs scored on an error.
“Their pitcher is a great pitcher, and he did a good job,” said Shaw about Chiseri. “It came down to the seventh inning. Maybe it was an omen when their first baseman dropped that foul ball. It gave us another chance.”
The game was scoreless through the first three innings, although both teams had scoring chances. Fonda put two runners on in the bottom of the first but couldn’t push a run across, and the Braves had a runner on second in the third inning but also couldn’t plate him.
Voorheesville scored both of its runs in the top of the fourth, when Chiseri walked and moved to third on a one-out single to right-center field by Jared Paigo, who moved to second on the throw.
When Mike Hennessy bounced a ball to Fonda shortstop Zack Valachovic, both Chiseri and Paigo scored when Valachovic made an errant throw to first.
Fonda got one of the runs back in the fifth inning. Baker ripped a one-out single to center and stole second. Calkins walked, and then Myers laid down a bunt single that scored Baker.
The Braves eventually loaded the base when Sinicropi was hit by a pitch, but Fonda botched a suicide squeeze play with Shaw up. He eventually struck out.
Three of the four Fonda-Fultonville hits were infield hits. There were no extra-base hits in the game.
Fonda-Fultonville, the No. 5 seed, improved to 12-10 and will play the Class BB champion in the BB-B playoff game Saturday at The College of Saint Rose’s Plumeri Field.
Voorheesville, the No. 7 seed, finished the season at 11-11.
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Chiseri, Sngh (7) and J. Paigo; Shaw and Sinicropi.