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COLONIE: Bison hand Dutchmen first loss

The Shaker baseball team may be young, but it's a dangerous young team.

The Blue Bison improved their league record to 5-2 (5-4 overall) with Saturday's 6-5 victory over Guilderland considered to be one of the top teams in the league by many Suburban Council coaches in the preseason.

They have a really good ball-club," said Shaker coach Pete Mralvja. "I can see why they were 6-0 coming in."

The Dutchmen led 4-0 before Shaker rallied for four runs in the top of the fifth inning. The Blue Bison then took a 5-4 lead with a run in the top of the sixth, but Guilderland tied the game with a run of its own in the bottom half of the inning.

Tom Kahnle jump started Shaker's offense in the top of the seventh inning with a triple. Guilderland nearly worked out of the jam, but Tom McDonald laced a two-out single to drive in Kahnle with the winning run.

"It seemed like they caught all the breaks early ... and then we caught all the breaks late," said Mravlja. "The kids played hard the entire game."

Shaker pitcher Mike Petilli shook off Guilderland's early run production to toss five strong innings before turning things over to Kahnle, who allowed one run in the final two innings.

"We told Mike to be confident out there, and he was. He did a very good job of working out of jams," said Mravlja of Petilli, one of several sophomores on this year's roster.

The Blue Bison looked to continue their recent stretch of good games Monday when they played Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake.

"I think they are starting to understand. They set some lofty goals at the beginning of the season, and we talked about what it would take to reach those goals," said Mralvja. "I think if they maintain their focus, they have the potential to do some great things."

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