The Mohonasen baseball team will have to wait another year to break its two-decade Section II title drought.
Pitcher Josh Ingham drove in five runs and scattered four Mohonasen hits to lead No. 4 Ichabod Crane to a 9-2 victory over the No. 2 Mighty Warriors in Saturday's Class A final at Joe Bruno Stadium in Troy.
I can't knock what Ichabod Crane did today. They're a heck of a team, said Mohonasen coach Jim Huggins.
Things started off well for Mohonasen (15-6). After pitcher Robert Tedesco struck out the side in the top of the first inning, C.J. Fonda tripled and scored on Alex Massaroni's two-out double in the bottom of the first to give the Mighty Warriors a 1-0 lead.
The advantage didn't last long. Ingham followed up a leadoff walk to Derick Horn with a two-run home run down the left field line to put Ichabod Crane (19-8) up 2-1. Trevor Zolner then doubled to the left field wall and scored on a double steal following an Evan Brennan single to make the score 3-1.
"Ingham hit the home run, things shifted and we couldn't get things to turn back our way," said Huggins.
Mohonasen got one run back in the bottom of the third inning. A leadoff walk to Patrick Herrington and a one-out single by Tedesco put runners on first and second. Two batters later, Massaroni laced an RBI single to drive in Herrington and cut Ichabod Crane's lead to 3-2.
That was as close as the Mighty Warriors would get, though. Ingham broke the game open with a bases-loaded triple in the top of the fifth inning and kept Mohonasen off the base paths the rest of the way.
"We hit the ball hard, and one of the scariest things as a coach is when you hit the ball hard right at people. That's what happened to us tonight," said Huggins.