Ballston Spa baseball a victory away from history season


Ballston Spa baseball a victory away from history season

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One more game to put a cap on this historic season for the Ballston Spa baseball program. And the way the Scotties performed Friday, they look like a team destined for a state championship.

Facing a pitcher who was coming off a no-hitter, Ballston Spa launched three home runs and overwhelmed Sayville 10-0 in a Class A state semifinal game at Maine-Endwell High School.

After winning their first Section II title since 1973, before the state playoffs were created, the Scotties seek a bigger prize at 10 a.m. Saturday against Maine-Endwell, a 5-4 victor over Canadaigua Academy. The game will be at Binghamton University.

“It feels great,” said pitcher Jake Manderson, who twirled a 2-hitter with seven strikeouts. “We’re going to be the first time in the state final, which is truly going to be an honor.”

Manderson not only started the game, he ended it with a solo home run in the sixth inning. That gave Ballston Spa a 10-run lead, invoking the mercy rule.

It was the game’s other two homers, both by shortstop Luke Gold, that had people talking.

After Evan Fox took the first pitch the Scotties saw for a single, ending any hopes for back-to-back no-hitters by Sayville’s Brock Murtha, Gold sent an 0-2 pitch over the 410-foot sign in straightway center field.

“That was a rocket,” Manderson said. “That was a bomb. That definitely got us going.”

Gold’s second clout traveled a similar distance, this time over the left-field fence, part of a six-run sixth that ended the game.

“I watched a little bit,” Gold said of the second home run. “I knew I got that one.”

Ballston Spa (23-2) finished with 10 hits. Donovan Rhoden singled home a run in the third and later scored on a wild pitch.

In the sixth, when the Scotties had half their hits, ninth-place hitter Michael Poirier doubled…

Source: Times Unition
Ballston Spa baseball a victory away from history season

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