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State baseball titles on line

State baseball titles on line

Queensbury, Albany Academy, Fort Plain will represent Section II in final weekend
State baseball titles on line
Fort Plain baseball coach Craig Phillips has a team in the state semifinals for the sixth time.
Photographer: ERICA MILLER/GAZETTE PHOTOGRAPHER

Queensbury (Class A), Albany Academy (Class B) and Fort Plain (Class D) will represent Section II in the New York State Public High School Athletic Association baseball semifinals Friday in Binghamton.

Championship games are scheduled for Saturday.

Section II had at least one state champion in each of the past five years, and in eight of the past nine. The group included Fort Plain in 2016. Queensbury and Albany Albany have never won a New York title.

Here's a few more things to know.

THE MATCHUPS

Class A semifinals at Binghamton University (Friday): Lakeland vs. Wantagh, 2 p.m.; Queensbury vs. Canandaigua Academy, 5 p.m. Championship at NYSEG Stadium (Saturday), 4 p.m.

Class B semifinals at Maine-Endwell High School (Friday): Albany Academy vs. Center Moriches, 2 p.m.; Seton Catholic-Binghamton vs. Royalton/Hartland, 5 p.m. Championshp at NYSEG Stadium (Saturday), 1 p.m.

Class D semifinals at NYSEG Stadium (Friday): Fort Plain vs. Madrid-Waddington, 2 p.m.; Deposit/Hancock vs. Brocton, 5 p.m. Championship at Binghamton University (Saturday), 10 a.m.

THEY'RE BACK

Livonia scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to walk off with a 9-8 win over Albany Academy in the 2017 Class B championship game. The Cadets had beaten three higher seeded teams to claim the Section II title, and had won back-to-back extra inning games to reach the state final including an 8-7, nine-inning semifinal against Seton Catholic of Binghamton.

REGIONAL STARS

Queensbury (18-4) beat East Syracuse-Minoa 8-3 in its Class A regional final when Jack Sylvia smacked a two-run triple and a two-run single.

Albany Academy (24-2) broke a 3-3 tie with a four-run sixth and beat Plattsburgh 7-3 to earn its Class B regional title. E.J. Birch had a two-run single in the sixth, Berkley Thompson had an RBI triple, and Danny Moshier had an RBI single among his three hits.

Albany Academy topped Ogdensburg Free Academy in its sub-regional 10-7 when John Decker had a triple, double, single and four RBIs, and Siena-bound Ben Seiler pitched five innings of relief to pick up his 11th win. The Cadets trailed 4-0 in the first inning.

John Cortese struck out 10 and joined with two others on a one-hitter in For Plain's 13-0, five-inning Class D regional title-game win over Tuxedo. Zack Reid had a triple, single, an RBI and three runs scored.

SECTION II CHAMPS

Fort Plain is striving for its third state title after going the distance in 2007 (Class C) and again in 2016 (Class D). Other Section II teams with multiple state championships are Fort Ann with five, Greenwich with four, and Watervliet and Hoosic Valley with two apiece.

Hoosic Valley (2014-15) and Greenwich (1992-93) are the only Section II's to have won consecutive state titles.

Section II has had two state champs in the same year four times since the inaugural tournament in 1983.

WINS LEADER

Fort Plain head coach Craig Phillips is the all-time NYSPHSAA wins leader in baseball, with 776 in 45 years with the Hilltoppers. His current team - without a senior on the roster - won the program's 25th league, 11th Section II and sixth regional titles this spring.

FORMAT CHANGE

This will be the second year the NYSPHSAA baseball semifinals and championship games will be contested over two days. In past years, both the semifinals and title games were held on the same day.

Reach Gazette Sportswriter Jim Schiltz at 518-95-3143, jims@dailygazette.com or @jim_schiltz on Twitter.

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