Season bragging rights and a lot more will be at stake Tuesday when Union Springs visits Dryden in the Section 4 Class B baseball semifinals.
The seventh-seeded Wolves (14-6), ranked 11th in the state poll, advanced to the semis with a 1-0 upset of second-seeded Norwich in the quarterfinals last Tuesday, while the No. 6 seed Purple Lions (12-6) snapped a four-game losing streak by knocking off No. 3 Chenango Forks, 3-1.
The winner of Tuesday’s semifinal will face either fifth-seeded Chenango Valley (10-10) or top seed Susquehanna Valley (11-9) in the Class B title game at 4:30 p.m. Friday at Binghamton University.
Tuesday’s game will be the third this season between Dryden and Union Springs; the Purple Lions edged the Wolves 2-1 on April 24 in Dryden, and Union Springs returned the favor with a 4-3 win on May 12 at Cornell University.
Dryden began the season by outscoring its first four opponents by an astounding 80-0, including wins over Whitney Point (27-0) and two over Groton (27-0, 23-0). After winning 11 of its first 13 games, the Lions rose to No. 9 in the state Class B rankings, but four consecutive losses — including a 9-5 loss to Thomas A. Edison in the Interscholastic Athletic Conference Large School title game — knocked them out of the state poll.
The Wolves started the season with one win in its first three games before rattling off six straight wins and nine in 10 games. A three-game losing streak — including a pair of closes losses to Section 3’s Weedsport and Jordan-Elbridge — was followed by four straight wins, including last Tuesday’s upset of Norwich. In that one, Alex Thornton singled home Richard Hurd in the top of the seventh inning for the game’s lone run.
Garrett Cunningham scattered five hits in six innings to get the win over Norwich’s Cody Barnes, who scattered six hits and struck out 12 in the complete-game loss.
The Class C semifinals pit No. 3 seed Tioga against No. 2 Edison and fifth-seeded Elmira Notre Dame against top seed and defending champion Seton Catholic Central.