Just when it looked like Scotia-Glenville would spoil Schalmont's day, the Sabres provided a happy ending for the hometown fans that came to Saturday's Bruce Bouck Memorial Tournament.
Kyle McKelvey and Ken Lancto hit back-to-back RBI singles with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning to give Schalmont an 11-10 victory over Scotia-Glenville in the championship game at the re-dedicated Bruce Bouck Memorial Field in Rotterdam.
It was a good game, said Schalmont coach Bob Anderson. "We kept going back and forth with them. We wound up getting the big hits we needed at the end."
"They were a good team, and we competed with them," said Scotia-Glenville coach John Striffler. "We have a tendency to play to the level of our competition but we have the uncanny ability to score runs when we need to."
The Sabres (13-5) scored five runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to take an 8-6 lead, but the Tartans (12-5) got single runs in the fifth and sixth innings to tie the game. Then, Bobby Carle blasted a home run in the top of the seventh to help Scotia-Glenville build a 10-8 advantage.
A Scotia-Glenville error in the bottom of the seventh helped Schalmont keep the inning alive for McKelvey and Lancto to deliver the tying and game-winning hits.
"Those are the guys who you want at the plate when you need a big hit," Anderson said of McKelvey and Lancto, who each had two hits and two RBI in the championship game.
"The guy who hit the home run (Carle) was also our pitcher in the seventh inning, and we wound up giving him four outs (because of the error)," said Striffler. "They didn't need the four outs because they took advantage."
The victory over Scotia-Glenville capped a celebratory day at Schalmont High School. Besides re-dedicating the field to Bouck, who passed away during the 1989 season, the tournament also celebrated the 30th anniversary of Schalmont's 1978 Section II championship season. Several players from the 1978 team were on hand for a ceremony held between the first and second round games.