Section III baseball teams punched their tickets to the finals in their respective classes on Memorial Day.
The last Class AA semifinal was the best game of the day. West Genesee led the F-M Hornets 2-0 going into the sixth inning. But, in that inning, the Hornets put three runs across the plate, and went into the 7th leading 3-2. In the bottom of the 7th, Will Randall singled to start things off for West Genesee. The Wildcats moved him to third, and with two outs, F-M pitcher Sean Brown had two strikes on Matt Van Allen...one strike away from the title game. But, F-M catcher Nate Olsen raised his hand to call a time-out, causing Brown to move his right elbow. The time-out was not granted, instead a balk called, allowing Randall to score from third, tying the game 3-3. The two squads went into extra innings. After neither team scored in the 8th, F-M still prevailed, scoring two runs in the top of the 9th, and finally punching their ticket to the Class AA title game.
In the other Class AA semifinal, one of the hottest teams in the tournament 7-seed Auburn pounded Liverpool 10-2. F-M and Auburn will play for the Class AA title at NBT Bank Stadium on Friday at 7 p.m.
In Class A, CBA and New Hartford were close, knotted 1-1 in the first few innings. But, the Brothers scored four big runs in the fourth to make the score 5-1. The Spartans scratched a run across the board with a Ben Phelps RBI groundout in the fifth to make the score 5-2. In that same inning, New Hartford loaded to bases for Brian Verbickas with two outs. Verbickas drove a Tim Pierret pitch deep to right-center field, but Mike Trasolini made a spectacular running catch, most likely saving three runs in the process. In the next inning, Webb Little hit a 2-run homer to put it out of reach, with the Brothers finishing off the Spartans 7-2.
In the other Class A semifinal, Camden's Nick Melchiore started the first inning off with a ground rule double against Jamesville-Dewitt. He'd score on a groundout. A key play in the game came in the third inning, when J-D had runners on first and third with one out. Paul Fitzgibbons chopped a grounder to third, a likely double play ball. But, J-D's John Webowsky slid to the left of second base, taking out James Mitchell in the process, who was unable to make the throw to first. Camden coach Jake Bates came out of the dugout to argue that it was interference and therefore an inning ending double play, but the umpires did not agree. The next batter up was Sam Crisalli, who drilled a 2-out double to left field, driving in two runs. The Red Rams went on to win 3-1. CBA and J-D will play for the Class A title on Thursday at 7 p.m. at NBT Bank Stadium.
In Class B, 5-seed Frankfort-Schuyler upset 1-seed Westhill 6-3, and will take on 2-seed Clinton at NBT Bank Stadium on Thursday at 4:30 p.m. Clinton beat Holland Patent 10-8 to advance to the Class B title game.
In Class D, Oriskany beat New York Mills 3-1 and Brookfield beat McGraw 11-5 in their semifinals. Oriskany will take on Brookfield in the Class D finals on Friday at 7 p.m. at NBT Bank Stadium.
Class C will decide their sectional final participants on Thursday at NBT Bank Stadium as well.