BINGHAMTON – Two Section 2 teams completed dominating state tournament performances with state championships Saturday.
Ballston Spa won its first-ever state title by pulling out a 13-6 victory over Maine-Endwell (Section 4) in the Class A final, while Whitehall earned its first state baseball championship in 35 years with a 12-1 victory over Brocton (Section 6).
Four Section 2 baseball teams advanced to the state tournament after winning their respective regional finals Saturday, June 8.
Evan Jones tossed a two-hit shutout to lead Shenendehowa to a 6-0 victory over Section 3 champion Fayetteville-Manlius in the Class AA regional final at Onondaga Community College. Jones struck out seven batters and walked only one in a 93-pitch performance.
Jake Reinisch got Shen on the scoreboard with an RBI single in the top of the third inning. Ben Lavery scored on an error, and Jones drove in Reinisch with a fielder’s choice to give the Plainsmen a 3-0 lead.
The score remained close until the top of the seventh inning. An error and two walks loaded the bases for pinch hitter Brody Vincenzi, who grounded out to drive in one run. Then, Nick Lemire lined a single to right field to drive in Reinisch and pinch runner Jack Sandberg for two more insurance runs.
The Section 2 baseball committee unveiled its seedings and match-ups for the playoffs Wednesday, May 22.
Niskayuna (Class AA), Ballston Spa (A), Coxsackie-Athens (B), Chatham (C) and Whitehall (D) received No. 1 seeds for their respective classes. Whitehall and No. 2 Germantown each received byes into the semifinal round, as Class D had only six teams qualify for the playoffs.
Opening round games are scheduled for Thursday, May 23, weather permitting. The finals take place at Joseph Bruno Stadium at Hudson Valley Community College May 31 through June 3.
Here are the playoff brackets for the Section 2 baseball playoffs.
Class AA Preliminary round (May 23)
No. 9 Columbia at No. 8 Bethlehem
Quarterfinals (May 25)
Columbia-Bethlehem winner at No. 1 Niskayuna
No. 5 Colonie at No. 4 Guilderland
No. 6 Christian Brothers Academy at No. 3 Saratoga Springs
No. 7 LaSalle at No. 2 Shenendehowa
Jake Reinisch hit an RBI double in the bottom of the ninth inning to give Shenendehowa a 4-3 victory over Columbia Monday, May 6, in a Suburban Council baseball game.
The Plainsmen took a 1-0 lead on Ben Lavery’s RBI single in the bottom of the third inning, but the Blue Devils plated three runs in the top of the fifth to pull ahead 3-1. Ryan Strevell plated the go-ahead run for Columbia with an RBI single.
The Suburban Council baseball season begins this week with a handful of games before kicking into full gear during the first week of April. Here is a look at the 15 Suburban Council teams in alphabetical order.
Albany Falcons Head coach: Garett Baron
Jackson Anderson – senior outfielder
Alex Casciotti – senior infielder/pitcher
Rah’sier Chandler – junior pitcher
Nick Dugan – junior infielder/pitcher
Chris Gallagher – junior catcher/pitcher
Max Kendall – senior catcher
Will Klose – senior first baseman
Jeff Lembo – senior infielder/pitcher
Key-Shawn Miller – senior infielder
David Palmer – senior outfielder
Ian Townsend – junior infielder
William Traynor – senior first baseman
Nick Wilson – senior infielder
Outlook: The Falcons bolstered their confidence with a strong performance at a preseason tournament in Myrtle Beach, S.C. That effort, plus a nucleus of veteran talent, has Albany envisioning a postseason push in 2019.