Jon Hoyt’s infield single drove in the go-ahead run for the Union-Endicott baseball team in a five-run seventh inning as the visiting Tigers ended Maine-Endwell’s seven-year reign as Section 4 Class A baseball champions with a 5-2 semifinal victory on Tuesday.
U-E (8-9) will play either top-seeded Vestal or fourth-seeded Owego for the Class A title on Friday at M-E’s Gary Crooks Field. The Vestal/Owego contest was postponed until Wednesday due to inclement weather.
U-E trailed 2-0 entering the top of the seventh, mustering just one hit off of Spartans’ starting pitcher Jason Wasilnak through the opening six innings. But with one out, Matt Bowman and Jack Thomas drew walks before Austin Malarkey reached on an error to load the bases.
Noah Burchill fouled out to the catcher for the second out before Gianpaolo Putrino was hit by a pitch to score Bowman, cutting M-E’s lead to 2-1. Wyatt VanVestrout then drew a walk to score Thomas before Hoyt’s single put U-E ahead 3-2. Mark Ryan’s two-run double capped the scoring.
Burchill tossed six innings of two-run ball to earn the victory.
Tioga 5, Elmira Notre Dame 4: At Tioga, the Tigers prevailed in the 12th inning of their Section 4 Class C semifinal when Mitchell Taylor scored on Jake Evanek’s bases-loaded grounder.
Taylor had reached on an error to lead off the 12th and Parker Hendershot followed with a bloop single to right to put runners on first and second. After a Jesse Manuel sacrifice bunt moved the runners to second and third, Adam Layman was intentionally walked to load the bases. Evanek then hit a grounder up the middle fielded by Notre Dame’s shortstop, who threw home to try to force Taylor out at the plate but Taylor beat the throw.
Tioga will play fourth-seeded Sidney for the Class C title Friday at Binghamton University.
The game featured quite a pitching duel between Notre Dame’s Parker May and Tioga’s Peter Simmons. May went the distance for the Crusaders, striking out 17 over 111/3 innings. Simmons tossed 11 innings for Tioga, striking out 15 and giving up six hits and four runs, only two of which were earned.
Notre Dame led 4-0 before Tioga scored four in the fifth to tie the score. Manuel, Evanek and Simmons all had run-scoring hits in the inning for the Tigers.
Hancock 5, Milford 2: At Hancock, the Wildcats plated four runs in the third inning in the Section 4 Class D semifinal game. Joe Gross and Seth Simmons each hit RBI singles to spark Hancock’s offense, and Evan Bass later delivered a two-out, two-RBI single, scoring Simmons and Lane Bass to give Hancock a 5-0 lead.
Hancock’s Ryan Slatcher tossed a complete game. He scattered seven hits, striking out two and walking one, with both runs he allowed unearned.
Hancock (16-4) makes its seventh championship appearance in eight years on Friday against Windham-Ashland-Jewitt at Damashke Field at 4:30 p.m. Hancock has won the last five in a row.
Windham-Ashland-Jewitt 5, Deposit 4: At Windham-Ashland-Jewitt, in the bottom of the eleventh inning Mike Lennon hit an infield single to drive home Jeff Vining to win the game. In the first at bat of the first inning Lennon would score a solo homerun. Pitcher Anthony Savasta struck out 12 walking one.
Chenango Forks 9, Waverly 1: At Chenango Forks, Maddie Fiore had a solo homer and Kylee Warner struck out nine in a two-hitter for the Blue Devils in their Section 4 Class B quarterfinal. Alexis Burge was 2-for-4 with three RBIs and three runs scored and Tori Transue was 2-for-3 for Forks, who will meet top-seeded Windsor in a semifinal on Thursday.
Windsor 17, Dryden 0: At Windsor, Mara Kohlbach took a no-hitter into the sixth inning, finishing with a one-hitter for the top-seeded Black Knights in their Section 4 Class B quarterfinal victory. Kohlbach struck out nine, allowing only Britt Deeley’s two-out infield single in the sixth, and she also added three hits and two RBIs. Kasey Kozloski, Allison Lockwood, Amina Mohammed and Liz Wickizer also drove in two runs each for Windsor.
Thomas Edison 3, Chenango Valley 0: At Edison, the Spartans’ Makenzie Slaven tossed a one-hitter with 12 strikeouts, and Christina Leshick and Haley Maggs each had run-scoring hits.
Tioga 5, Bainbridge-Guilford 4: At Tioga, Sarah Hollenbeck delivered a three-run double in the first inning as the Tigers built an early lead before holding to top B-G in a Section 4 Class C quarterfinal. Hollenbeck went 2-for-3 and Katelynn Stubbs also had two hits and a run scored for Tioga, which led 5-1 after four innings. Cadi Barber was 2-for-2 with an RBI for B-G.
Deposit 18, Downsville 0: At Deposit, MaKenzie Stiles struck out nine, allowing only a fifth-inning hit in a complete-game effort for the top-seeded Lumberjacks in the Section 4 Class D quarterfinal. Stiles also went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and Kylie Patagelos also had two hits and two RBIs.
Hancock 15, Roxbury 9: At Roxbury, Hancock scored eight runs in the sixth inning to put away their host. Hancock took an early 6-4 lead, bolstered by home runs by Sierra Keesler and Jessica Worzel in the first and second innings, respectively. Natasha Picozzi, Keesler and Ashley Drake finished with three hits apiece.
Hancock (13-6) will visit Deposit on Thursday at 4:30 p.m. in the semifinal.
Afton 2, Richfield Springs 1: At Afton, Sam Gragalski led off the bottom of the ninth inning with a triple, later scoring on Karli Compropst’s basesloaded single for the Crimson Knights to break a 1-all tie. Tanya Hatton tossed a one-hitter with 21 strikeout.