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P-H Baseball Team rises from fourth seed to capture Class D title

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POTSDAM - Parishville-Hopkinton sophomore pitcher Mike Burns enjoyed his first Section 10 Classs D Baseball Championship on Thursday by expressing how important his teammates were in a 6-4 victory over No. 2 seed Madrid-Waddington at Jack Phillips Stadium at Clarkson University.

“I got into some rough spots pitching today but my team backed me up. Defensively, we played sound today and we got some big hits early,” Burns said after allowing four runs on nine hits after picking up a win in relief against top-seeded Morristown on Wednesday. Burns struck out five batters and issued just one walk in six innings for the win as the No. 4 seed Panthers (11-4) denied the Jackets (13-4).

Zach Newton inherited runners at first and second base with no outs and a score 6-3 and picked up the save.

“Today, put the ball in play and found some holes. In our first two meetings this season, we didn’t hit well. Responding after they scored in the second was very big and getting a run in the fourth and two in the fifth were big. The last time we played them was two five inning games in a doubleheader and Zach Newton didn’t play. He’s a big part of this team. He’s a good stick and knows the game of baseball very well. He’s one of our leaders and our team follows him,” said P-H Coach Tony Engstrom whose team gets a by into the New York State Class D quarter-finals on Tuesday and will travel to the Section II or Section VII champion. .

“But give Madrid-Waddington lots of credit. They made things interesting in the seventh and never quit.”

Madrid-Wadddington stranded runners at the corners in the first inning after back to back singles from Alex Brock and Zach brock with two outs. After getting out of a jam in the top of the second, M-W took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the inning. Austin Scott lined a single with one out and scored on a hit by Jacob Barney.

The Panthers took advantage of two infield errors in the top of the third scoring twice as Phillip Huckins and Newton reached on errors and scored. Parker Meashaw plated one of the runs with a single.

Franklin Pullano singled with one out in the fourth and scored on a Chase Donovan triple for a 3- lead.

P-H scored twice more in the fifth rallying with one out as Newton singled, Meashaw reached on an infield error and Burns helped his cause with a RBI single. Deven Tebo connected for RBI double which ended M-W starter’s James Hunt mound stint. Greg Thompson came in relief and hit two batters before getting the third out with the baseloaded. The Panthers made it 6-1 in the sixth after Huckins singled with one out and scored on a two-out RBI single by Meashaw.

Alex Brock led off the sixth for the Jackets with a single and scored on a James Hunt single. The Jackets stranded runners at second and third during the inning.

The Jackets rallied with two runs in the seventh inning and left the bases loeaded. James Miller led off the inning with a walk. Pinch-runner Terry Crump scored after singles from Jacob Mayette and Thompson, who scored on an overthrow.

Hunt allowed eight hits and five runs while strucking out four and walking one. Thompson allowed one run, on two hits, two hit batters and one walk.

Measheaw finished 2-4 with two runs scored, Burns went 2-4 with an RBI and Tebo recorded a 2-3 effort with a double an RBI to lead P-H. Rounding out the Panthers effort were: Donovan (RBI triple), Huckins (single, two runs), Newton (single, 2 runs scored), Pullano (single, run scored),

Alex Brock went 2-4 with a run scored for M-W. Mayette (1-4), Thompon (1-4), Hunt (1-4), Harrison VanBuren (1-3), Scott (1-3 run scored), Barney (1-3) all hit safely.

“Parishville-Hopkinton hit the ball very hard and we didn’t make some plays in key situations. But we battled back and that’s all I can ask of this group. We had a great season,” said M-W Coach Justin Richards.

And for Zack Newton, the Panthers are taking it one game at a time.

“Right now were rolling but we also focused on one game at a time. Mike (Burns) just pitched a heck of game today,” Newton noted after the Panthers won their sixth straight game after a pair of losses to Madrid-Waddington.

AROUND THE HORN; Section 10 awarded several special awards at the Class D Finals. The James Pinkerton Memorial Award was given to Jackets senior firstbaseman and NAC East League MVP Alex Brock. The NAC West MVP went to Morristown’s Geoff Baldwin who was a finalist for the Pinkerton Award. Morristown’s Mike Roberts (NAC West) and M-W Coach Richards (NAC East) were named Coaches of the Year.

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