Wolves advance to semifinals with 14-10 win
ST. JOHNSVILLE – It may not have been the best-played game of the season for Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville, but the result was favorable.
The Wolves got off to a fast start, survived shaky moments in the field and held off a tenacious Germantown Clippers squad for a 14-10 victory in the quarterfinal round of the Section II Class D tournament Thursday at Soldiers and Sailors Field.
The Wolves advance to the semifinals where they will play the winner of today’s game between No. 2 Loudonville Christian and No. 7 Warrensburg. Game time is set for 1 p.m. Saturday at East Field in Glens Falls.
Germantown (7-10) broke out on top with back-to-back singles from Matt Marrish and Collin Lynk. They both scored on a groundout by Mitch Black for an early 2-0 lead.
The lead was short-lived as the third-seeded Wolves (11-5) put up four first-inning runs.
Dylan Klock opened with a double and Johnny Vicciarelli followed with a single. Payten Johnson and Brad Smith followed with hits and Tyler Mayton added an RBI single to give OESJ a 4-2 advantage.
The Wolves tacked on three more runs in the second inning with Klock and Vicciarelli again opening the inning with hits and scoring off an error and a fielder’s choice off Smith’s bat for a 7-2 lead.
Germantown fought back, taking advantage of a pair of walks and an error to push a pair of runs across the plate to cut the lead to 7-4.
The Clippers tied the game with a three-run fourth inning with Tyler Fuch and Black picking up RBIs.
OESJ got the lead back with a four-run fourth-inning rally that was highlighted by a two-RBI double to the deepest part of the park by Klock to build the lead to 11-7.
Germantown again cut into the Wolfpack’s lead with a three-run sixth inning that included a two-RBI single by Collin VanOrt, to close the gap to 11-10.
Again OESJ went on the offensive, pushing three runs across the plate in the bottom of the sixth with Klock, Vicciarelli and Johnson all picking up RBIs to build a 14-10 lead.
The game was delayed by a thunderstorm in the area as Germantown prepared to bat in the top of the seventh.
When play resumed, OESJ shut down the Clippers to secure the victory and advance to the semifinals.
“It has been a while since we have advanced this far in sectionals,” OESJ coach Darin Lynch said. “We have won some play-in games but have not been this far in a while.”
Klock finished the game with four doubles, three runs scored and three RBIs. Vicciarelli finished with two singles and two RBIs, while Johnson and Smith had a single and two RBIs apiece.
“We had some clutch hits today,” Lynch said. “Dylan had four doubles and the kids seemed to rally around that. There were a lot of nerves out there today and the strikes from our pitchers weren’t as consistent as we would have liked.”
Fuch pitched five innings in relief for the Clippers and struck out seven batters, while scattering three hits.
Class D quarterfinal
Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville 14, Germantown 10
Germantown202 303 0 – 10 8 5
OESJ430 403 x – 14 11 3
Wyant, Fuch (2) and Black; Trumble, Vicciarelli (4), Smith (6) and Johnson.
HUDSON – The sixth-seeded Johnstown Sir Bills rallied for four runs in the top of the fifth inning and pulled away to upset No. 3 Hudson 8-5 Thursday afternoon.
Jon Heroth finished the game with two singles and three RBIs, while Matt Szurek added a double and two singles. Richie Lee connected for two doubles while Bobby Brown had a tripled and single and drove in two runs.
The Sir Bills (13-7) advance to Saturday’s semifinal game at Bleecker Stadium to play Saratoga Central Catholic at a time yet to be determined.
The Saints advanced to the semifinal game with an 11-0 victory over Catskill.
Johnstown 8, Hudson 5
Johnstown110 041 1 – 8 11 2
Hudson111 200 0 – 5 7 1
Gyldenvand, Auty (5) and Caputo; Conte, Bowes (5) and Gardner.
Fonda-Fultonville 7, Stillwater 0
STILLWATER – Zak Shaw picked up the complete-game victory for the Braves, striking out 11 and scattering six hits to lead the fifth-seeded Braves past No. 4 Stillwater.
Fonda-Fultonville (11-9 overall) will face top-seeded Corinth (12-5) Saturday at either 1 or 4 p.m. at Veterans Park in Saratoga.
The Tomahawks advanced with a 3-0 victory Thursday over No. 8 Tamarac.
Brandon Baker was 2 for 3 with an RBI for the Braves, while Baylee Hall connected for two singles. Luke Calkins, Rob O’Kosky and Zach Valachovic all singled for FFCS.
Fonda-Fultonville 7, Stillwater 0
Fonda-Fultonville001 000 6 – 7 7 1
Stillwater000 000 0 – 0 6 1
Shaw and Sinicropi; Hill, Ververo (6), Ferlazzo (7) and Evans.
St. Johnsville 5
OPPENHEIM – The fifth-seeded Germantown Clippers rallied for four runs late in the game to upset No. 4 Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville Thursday at the Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville Middle School field.
The Lady Wolves finish the season with an 8-5 record.