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Blue Bombers stung in state quarters

June 4, 2018
By JUSTIN A. LEVINE - Sports Writer ( , Lake Placid News

PLATTSBURGH - The Lake Placid baseball team's season came to an end Saturday with an 11-1 loss to Madrid-Waddington in a NYSPHSAA Class D quarterfinal game.

The Blue Bombers got off to a slow start, as pitcher Jesse Izzo faced eight hitters in the first inning. The Yellowjackets were able to put the ball in play a lot, and scored two runs in the top of the first.

Madrid-Waddington's starting pitcher Shane Tiernan, who went on to throw a complete game, faced just four Lake Placid batters in the first, striking out two and walking one. Going into the second, Izzo struggled with control, hitting a Yellowjacket batter who then moved to third on a wild pitch.

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Lake Placid’s Tyler Hinckley takes a cut during the first inning of Saturday’s Class D state quarterfinal game against Madrid-Waddington at Chip Cummings Field in Plattsburgh.
(News photo — Justin A. Levine)

Madrid-Waddington was able to score another run before Lake Placid catcher Duncan Segger threw out a runner at second. The Blue Bombers' defense was able to hold tight for another three batters, when Izzo caught a line drive at the mound to end the second inning down 3-0.

In the top of the third, Izzo faced another two batters before coach Brian Brandes pulled him and put Scott Sharlow on the mound. Sharlow gave up two runs and hit a batter before striking out Braydon Bush to put the Bombers back onto offense. Tiernan, however, continued his stellar game and went three up, three down to end the third with a 6-0 lead.

Lake Placid struggled with errors throughout the game, tallying a total of nine to the Yellowjackets' zero. In the top of the fourth, Sharlow had two wild pitches and a walk while Madrid-Waddington added another score to their total.

But in the bottom of the fourth, the Bombers put together a few plays and breathed some life into the game. Noah Marshall took a pitch to the hand while swinging, and despite an obvious difficulty gripping the bat, managed to put a single into center field. Marshall was forced out at second base when Segger knocked a single to the second baseman, but Segger himself stole second while Jake Coursen was up to bat.

Segger got into scoring position on a wild pitch and then came home on a Coursen single to right field. Matt Brandes also got on base after getting hit by a pitch, but was left stranded when Tiernan threw a strikeout to end the inning with the Yellowjackets up 7-1.

In the top of the fifth, Sharlow threw a bit sharper, facing only four batters, three of whom were forced out at first. The Bombers continued to play better offense, but couldn't get any runners across home in the inning.

In the top of the seventh, errors continued to haunt Lake Placid, as Madrid-Waddington put another four runs on the board, including Tiernan's trip around the bases that started with a double and was extended by an error. Lake Placid put a couple of runners on base in the bottom of the seventh, but Tiernan held on for the win and ended the game with another strikeout.

Lake Placid coach Brian Brandes said after the game that the errors hurt his team, but was proud of how far into the playoffs the boys made it.

"They hit the ball hard, and that's going to produce some errors," he said. "We were like that in the beginning of the year and kind of got away from that in the sectional run, and it just reared its ugly head again.

"We had a lot going on. Jesse pitched hard but didn't have his best day. Scott came in and pitched very well. Hats off to Tiernan, he pitched very, very well. I think they took it to us. When you hit the ball hard and hit the ball well, good things are going to happen, and good things happened for them."

With the victory, Madrid-Waddington, the Section X champion, earned a spot in the state final four where it will face Section II champion Fort Plain on Friday at NYSEG Stadium in Binghamton. Deposit-Hancock of Section IV will take on Brocton, of Section VI, in the other semifinal.

Lake Placid finished the season with a 9-9 record. Madrid is 11-1.



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