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Live from the state baseball final four: Clarence, Frewsburg fall in finals; Fredonia loses semi

BINGHAMTON -- Good afternoon from muggy NYSEG Field. We're here live for the Class AA baseball state semifinals between Clarence and Section II's Columbia High School. Opening pitch was scheduled for 1 p.m., but didn't come until 2:12 p.m. The first semifinal went 3 hours, 21 minutes as Mamaroneck of Section I defeated Massapequa of Section VIII, 4-3, in 11 innings.

Zach Lauricella is on the hill for the Red Devils. He struck out two, hit a batter and induced a ground out to get out of the top of the first inning, then laced an RBI double to right field to put Clarence up 1-0 in the bottom. A sacrifice fly by Adam Urschel later scored Lauricella and Clarence is up, 2-0, after the first inning.

I'm also tracking the Class B semifinal between Fredonia and Section III's Westhill. That one got started at the 1 p.m. scheduled time, so I was able to catch a little more than an inning at nearby Conlon Field. The Hillbillies lead, 1-0, on a solo home run in the bottom of the fourth inning from Anthony Polvino. Updates will be sporadic as I try and follow two games at different locations, but be sure to check back often.

3:59 p.m.: Super-quick update: Fredonia loses in Class B, 4-2, while Frewsburg advances to the Class C state title game. The Bears beat Section VI (Binghamton area) champion Seton Catholic, 3-0, and will face Maple Hill in the final at 4 p.m.

4:02 p.m.: Super-quick update II: Clarence advances to the Class AA title game with a 2-1 win. Complete game for Lauricella. Off to get quotes, title game should start about 4:35 p.m. here at NYSEG Stadium.

4:43 p.m.: Here's some additional information from Frewsburg's 3-0 semifinal victory over Seton Catholic in the Class C semifinal. Starting pitcher Asa Johnson went 5.1 innings, striking out 9 and giving up just two hits and two walks. Jake Sleasman had an RBI double in the first inning to score Dalton Scalf with the winning run. The news isn't all good for the Bears, though, as they trail, 7-2, in the Class C title game in the bottom of the second inning to Maple Hill. That update comes courtesy of correspondent Dan Scotchmer.

4:52 p.m.: We're underway in the Class AA title game between Clarence and Mamaroneck and I'm finally catching my breath. Wind is picking up and some dark clouds are rolling in, so I've got my fingers crossed for no rain delays. Check back later for updates.

5:59 p.m.: The news isn't good out of Binghamton for Section VI fans. Here at NYSEG Stadium, Clarence trails, 7-2, after four innings. Red Devils starter Derek Hoffman went 2.2 innings, allowing 7 runs, 6 of which were earned, on 7 hits. In the Class C final, Frewsburg trails Maple Hill, 18-2, through five innings. News photographer Mark Mulville made the trip down I-81 South from the state track championships in Syracuse to get some shots from both games, so be sure to check those out in Sunday's print edition. And lastly, before I forget, a huge thank you to Scott Stutzman, assistant principal at Fredonia, for his help in tracking the Class B semifinal earlier via cellphone.

6:18 p.m.: We have a final in Class C, 19-2, Maple Hill defeats Frewsburg. The Bears ran out of pitching, according to Scotchmer. It's 8-2 Mamaroneck in the top of the sixth inning after a titanic home run by Matt McGovern. The shot to right brought chants of "MVP" from the Tigers fans in attendance.

6:53 p.m.: We have a final in Class AA, 12-2, Mamaroneck defeats Clarence. The Tigers broke it open with five runs over the last two innings. That's it for live updates from NYSEG Stadium, have a great night.

---Jay Skurski


Baseball | Clarence | Fredonia | Frewsburg
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Keith McShea

Keith McShea

Keith McShea has covered high school sports at The News since his hiring in 1999. The 1995 University at Buffalo graduate and Long Island native (North Babylon Bulldogs) covers — and live blogs — everything from scrimmages to state championships & helps head The News' All-Western New York selections.

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