Top-seeded Niskayuna scored five runs in the bottom of the second inning on its way to a 10-4 victory over No. 8 Bethlehem in the Section 2 Class AA baseball quarterfinals Saturday, May 25.
Aaron Whitley and Chris Erickson each homered to lead Niskayuna’s 12-hit attack. Whitley finished with three hits, while Erickson went 2-for-4 with two RBI. Starting pitcher Cole Hedden helped his own cause with two doubles and three RBI.
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.
Pitcher Evan Jones held Saratoga Springs to one run on two hits and struck out six in a complete-game performance to help Shenendehowa defeat the Blue Streaks 3-1 Thursday, April 11, in a Suburban Council baseball game.
Three Saratoga Springs pitchers limited Shen to three runs on five hits and combined to strike out seven batters. Alex Henderson took the loss after giving up two runs on three hits in 4.2 innings of work.
Leadoff hitter Brendan Disonell had two singles and drove in a run for Shen. Jake Reinisch walked twice and had an RBI, while Jones and Nick Lemire each had a hit and a run scored.
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.