PLATTSBURGH - The Saranac Lake baseball team saw its season end painfully, as Beekmantown scored five runs in the bottom of the seventh inning for an 8-7 come-from-behind victory Saturday in the opening round of the Section VII, Class C playoffs.
The Red Storm held a 7-3 lead when they took the field for Beekmantown's final at-bat, and were just one out away from pulling off an upset over the third-seeded Eagles. But with two outs, the Eagles sent five runners across the plate to win and end Saranac Lake's season.
"We've been in this situation before this season, but this one meant the most," said Saranac Lake head coach Bill Wison. "It's just a tough loss for the Red Storm."
The Red Storm had seven hits in the contest, and Ty Curry and Adam Mayville led the way with two hits each. Ty O'Neil added a single and RBI, and Dalton Demarco and Grant Strack each singled once and recorded 2 RBIs.
Beekmantown rapped out 10 hits. Keon Jahanbakhsh had the hot bat for Beekmantown, going 4-for-4. Winning pitcher Seth Pelkey, who worked the mound the last two innings, also had two hits along with Eric LaBonte. Frank Buksa also doubled for the Eagles, who improved to 11-3 overall.
The bottom of the order got three hits in a row, and four straight Eagles batters also reached base on walks in their decisive last at-bat.
Brian Fortune threw the first six innings for Saranac Lake in his final outing in a Red Storm uniform. He gave up eight hits, three runs scored, walked eight and recorded six strikeouts. Matt Phelan came in to pitch in the seventh inning got one Eagles batter to ground out and struck out another before Beekmantown erupted for five runs.
The Eagles scored a run each in the first two innings, and Saranac Lake plated its first run in the top of the third to trail 2-1. After a scoreless fourth inning, the Red Storm scored four in the fifth and two more in the sixth for a 7-2 edge. Beekmantown scored its third run in the bottom of the sixth.
"We battled every game we played and I am proud of their strong efforts day in and day out," Wilson said of his ball club.
Beekmantown 8, Saranac Lake 7
|Red Storm||0 0 1||0 4 2||0 — 7-7-0|
|Eagles||1 1 0||0 0 1||5 — 8-10-4|
Fortune, Phelan (7) and Demarco. Ford-Relation, Pelkey (6) and Buksa. WP - Pelkey. LP - Phelan. 2B - Buksa (B).
Red Storm girls advance
SARANAC LAKE - Saranac Lake's softball team moved into the next round the Section VII, Class B playoff action with an 8-5 win over Beekmantown Saturday.
Facing a 5-2 deficit, the Red Storm rallied with six runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to claim the victory.
Nicloe Viscardo went the distance on the mound to earn the win, while Hillarie Ladieu tossed into the sixth inning for Beekmantown before being replaced by Aleusha Barcomb.
Sydney Battistoni paced Saranac Lake at the plate, going 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI. Sarah Drake and Chelsea LaFountain both went 2-for-4 for the Red Storm, with Drake knocking in a pair of runs and LaFountain adding one RBI. One of LaFountain's hits was a triple, and Megan Moody, Battistoni and Brooke Fitzgerald each doubled for the winners.
Moody had two RBIs in the game.
Saranac Lake pounded out 14 hits in the game, while Viscardo only gave up four hits to Eagles batters.
The two teams split their regular-season series, both winning at home.
Blue Bombers back in a softball title tilt
SCHUYLER FALLS - A year ago, the Lake Placid softball team found itself playing for a sectional championship as a Class D team. This spring, the Blue Bombers will be playing for a title after moving up to Class C.
On Saturday, the Lake Placid softball team won its Class C semifinal playoff matchup Saturday, topping Northern Adirondack 8-2. With the victory, Lake Placid will square off with Ticonderoga Wednesday in Plattsburgh for the sectional championship.
In Saturday's matchup, the two teams were tied up at 2-2 after two innnings, and Lake Placid took the lead for good with another run in the fourth. The Blue Bombers then exploded with five more runs in their final trip to the plate.
Dani Balestrini led the Blue Bombers offense with three hits, including a double, and Brenna Whitney also smacked a two-run double in Lake Placid's five-run, seventh. Haley Brandes went 3-for-3 at the plate for Lake Placid, and Megan Riley and Alexis Nichols chipped in and RBI each for the winners.
Nichols pitched the entire game to earn the win for Lake Placid.