CANTON - Brushton-Moira is returning to the New York State Baseball Tournament for the first time since 2007 when a retiring Bruce Hastings led the Panthers to the final four on the arm of BJ Fairchild.
On Thursday, it was his daughters Misty Hastings-LaVignes turn to coach the Panthers into the state tournament as the senior trio of Jacob St. Mary, Zach Burnett and Jake Martin helped boost this years squad to a 7-2 win over Norwood-Norfolk. With the win, the Panthers 14-1 face the winner of Section 7s Ticonderoga and Hoosic Valley on June 7 in Amsterdam, New York in the New York State Class C Elite Eight.
Our seniors really stepped up this season and lead us. Jacob St. Mary pitched six very strong innings, Zach Brunett came in to close things out and Adam Martin really bailed us out with some great defense at shortstop. I cant say enough about how hard this team fights back. Today, we made some uncharteristics mistakes on the basepaths but our defense came through and we got some timely hits, said Hastings-LaVigne whose team ended the Flyers season at 11-4.
NAC East MVP Jacob St. Mary pitched six strong innings for the win allowing just five hits and six walks two runs one earned with three strikeouts.
St. Mary issued a walk in the fourth inning to Colby Munson and Tristen Harvey moved him to thirdbase with a single. Munson scored off a balk and Harvey was stranded at third after a single from RJ Bendt and a big diving grab and putout to firstbase by Martin for the final out.
Norwood-Norfolks final run came in the seventh inning after pinch hitter Dustin Norton drilled a single to centerfield and scored and after two walks by St. Mary to Tristen St. Andrews and Tristen Pettit scored on a throwing error to thirdbase.
Zach Benware had a single in the second for N-N.
The Flyers also loaded the bases in the fifth inning ater Pettit walked with one out, moved to second on a single from Zeb Brown, and Munson. The Panthers got out of the inning untouched when Martin calming caught a linedrive at short and tagged the bad to double up the runner.
Adams play at shortstop in the fifth really was the turning point in the game. It shifted the momentum after we just scored four to take a 4-1 lead, noted Hastings-Lavigne.
Winning pitcher Jacob St. Mary knew in the seventh inning that he just didnt have much left.
I just didnt half control and I was just out of gas. But I have to respect my teammates and Zach came in and got the final outs like he has all season. After making those early mistakes I had confidence in our ability to come back. Weve done that many times this year, said St. Mary.
In the fourth inning, Zach Burnett stroked a double down the leftfield line and came around to score on two errors. Alex Burnet walked and Jon Kennedy RBI-singled ending losing pitcher Munsons day (3IP, 3R, 4H, 2BB). Jason Aubrey followed with an RBI-double off reliever Zach Benware and Austin Tavernia cashed for a two out RBI-single.
In the fifth inning, St. Mary singled to lead off but was forced out on a fielders-choice from Zach Burnett. Alex Burnett and Kennedy (RBI) each singled to end Benwares stint. Jason Aubrey and Ricky Tallman (RBI) hit singles off the Flyers third pitcher before a infield fly and a popout to shortstop ended the inning.
We just didnt cash after Brushton-Moira made those two mistakes in the first inning. They just played great defense getting out of two jams and offensively we didnt get a big inning, said Norwood-Norfolk coach Don Peterson.
Kennedy finished with three hits in the game going 3-4. Aubrey went 2-3 with a double. Zach Burnett lined a double and Martin, Alex Burnett, Tavernia, St. Mary, and Tallman each singled.
CLASS D BASEBALL
In the two Class D baseball semi-finals games played on Thursday, Heuvelton outlasted Madrid-Waddington 6-5 and Harrisville beat Morristown 5-1,
Heuvelton 6, M-W 5: At Heuvelton, Mike Martin has been a sophomore ace for the Bulldogs all season and completed an 11-strikeout six-hitter by striking out the last two M-W batters after Colin Peacock doubled in the top of the seventh. Brandon Vice came on for Peacock as a pinch-runner and moved to third on a wild pitch.
M-Ws Harrison VanBuren struck out seven in a five-hitter but the Bulldogs bunched three of their hits in a three-run fifth inning. Martin drilled a leadoff double, Aidan Scagel and Macaulay followed with singles and Cole Piercey plated the eventual winning run with a fielders choice.
Andrew Woodard singled twice with an RBI for the Bulldogs and Dylan Liscum rapped an RBI-double.
Mike Thew drilled a pair of RBI doubles for M-W, Tanner Uppstrom and Zach Brock singled and scored in the first inning and Jacob Barney singled and scored in the third.
Harrisville 5, Morristown 1: Top seed Harrisville scored three tuns in the fifth inning to break a 1-1 tie as Nathan Weaver went the distance striking out eight, walking one in a nine hitter.
Jake VanArnam was saddled with the loss allowing eight hits, three walks and five runs. Jake Fox pitched one scoreless inning of relief allowing two hits.
Jared Dreythaler went 4-4 with a double and an RBI for 15-1 Harrisville. Weaver finished 1-3 with a double while Bryon Evans went 2-3. Tim Fowler (1-4 RBI), Kevin Kapfer (1-3 RBI), Justin Hartle (1-2) also contributed.
Ryan Vollmer singled twice and scored the 10-7 Rockets lone run in the second inning off a hit from Jacob Fox. Karter VanArnam and Luke King each went 2-4 with Zach Kanaly (1-4) and Jon Love (1-3) rounding out the attack.