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ROTTERDAM: Big green machine in high gear

Nisky pulls out win

The Niskayuna baseball team hasn't been scoring runs at nearly the same rate as Schalmont, but the Silver Warriors have been winning all the same.

Niskayuna pulled ahead with two runs in the bottom of the fourth inning and held on for a 5-4 Suburban Council victory over Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Friday. Three days later, the Silver Warriors jumped out to a 3-0 lead on their way to a 7-2 victory over Saratoga.

The top half of Niskayuna's lineup led the way against Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake. Leadoff hitter Matt Kelly had two doubles, while Aaron Sapp and Adrian Mitchell each added two-run singles.

"They did a really good job," said Niskayuna coach John Furey of his first five batters, who combined for five of the team's seven hits against the Spartans.

Sapp's two-run single gave the Silver Warriors a 2-0 lead in the first inning, but Burnt Hills came back with two runs in the top of the third. David Filak was hit by a Mitchell pitch, advanced to second on a passed ball and scored on Jordan Pennings' single. Pennings moved to third on a Niskayuna error and scored on a groundout to tie the game.

The Spartans took the lead in the top of the fourth inning. Ed Shively led off with an infield single, stole second and went to third on another Niskayuna error. Steve Childs then launched a sacrifice fly " the only ball hit out of the infield " to drive Shively in for a 3-2 lead.

Mitchell shifted the momentum back to Niskayuna in the bottom of the fourth with a one-out single that drove in Kelly and Chris Okonski. Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake had a chance to regain the lead in the top of the sixth after loading the bases on Sapp, who had just relieved Mitchell. But Sapp struck out the next three batters he faced to get out of the game with the Silver Warriors' 4-3 lead intact.

"Those two guys, ice runs through their veins," Furey said of Sapp and Mitchell. "They did a really good job of focusing on the hitters."

Mitchell added an insurance run with an RBI groundout in the bottom of the sixth inning. Shively pulled Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake within a run with a one-out RBI single in the top of the seventh, but Sapp got the final two outs for the save.

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