Schalmont's bats came alive at the right time.
The Sabres belted three home runs on their way to an 11-3 victory over league-leading Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk in Monday's Colonial Council baseball game in Ravena.
We really have been hitting the ball well, said Schalmont coach Bob Anderson, who picked up his 201st career win. "The key is we're playing good defense. The pitchers are throwing more strikes because they are trusting the defense."
Schalmont (3-2 league, 4-4 overall) needed the victory if it had any hopes of winning the Colonial Council title. The Sabres trailed R-C-S (4-1, 6-2) by two games entering the game, and a loss might have put them too far behind to catch the Indians.
"We would have fallen three games back with a lot of (other) teams ahead of us," said Anderson.
The Sabres rose to the challenge. They scored two runs in the top of the first inning and broke the game open with a four-run rally in the fifth.
Fred Davidson led Schalmont's 13-hit attack with a home run and a pair of doubles. J.P. Sportman and Matt Torres also homered in support of pitcher Joe Amorosi's complete-game six-hitter. Amoroski struck out nine batters for the second consecutive start as he improved his record to 2-0.
The Sabres were coming off a successful vacation week trip to Kentucky. Besides taking in a University of Kentucky baseball game and visiting the Louisville Bat factory, they split a doubleheader against Danville last Thursday to give Anderson his 200th career victory. Schalmont edged Danville 8-7 in the first game before losing 2-1 in the nightcap.
"To win 200 games over 13-14 years you have to have a lot of good players, and I did," said Anderson.
Kyle McKelvey provided the power for Schalmont in its victory over Danville. McKelvey belted two home runs and added a single, while Amorosi added a home run.