LP falls in sectional title game

PLATTSBURGH — The Ticonderoga baseball team scored early and often Monday and stifled Lake Placid’s offense with an outstanding pitching performance on the way to winning the Section VII, Class C championship game at Chip Cummings Field.

The Sentinels scored eight runs in the first inning and added three more in the second, before cruising to a 15-0 victory over Lake Placid. Ticonderoga, the top-seeded team in the sectional tournament, earned a spot in the regional round of the state playoffs where it will face the winner of Section II champion Fort Plain and Section X winner Norwood-Norfolk on Saturday. The Sentinels lost to Avon in last year’s state championship game.

Ticonderoga outslugged Lake Placid on Monday, with eight different players turning in a multiple-hit game. Sentinels pitcher Russell Gallo did his part on the mound, allowing just two hits, while walking four and striking out seven. He also went 3-for-5 with an RBI at the plate. The Sentinels finished with 19 hits.

Jake Coursen and Jarrett Hathaway each singled for the Blue Bombers.

The Blue Bombers knew they had a challenge on their hands after being swept in two regular-season meetings by the Sentinels.

“They are disappointed but they realized that we got beat by a good team,” Lake Placid head coach Brian Brandes said. “They just smoked the ball today.”

With the loss, the Blue Bombers finished the season with a 9-6 mark, a record that coach Brandes said was the best for a Blue Bombers squad since the baseball program joined the Champlain Valley Athletic Conference in 2000.