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Shenendehowa moves into Blue Division lead

Three Saratoga County baseball teams had huge wins as the Suburban Council season wound down last week.

Shenendehowa moved into first place in the Blue Division with a 15-1 victory over Shaker Monday in Latham a move that was made possible last Friday when Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake stunned the Blue Bison 4-2 for its first league win of the season. Meanwhile, Ballston Spa remained in the hunt for a Section II playoff berth with victories over Shen, Guilderland and Averill Park.

Shen (8-3 league, 13-4 overall) scored three runs in the top of the first inning and never looked back in moving past Shaker (7-4, 11-5) for the division lead. Pitcher Jon Shippee threw six shutout innings, and Travis Belleard had two hits including a two-run single.

Shen wouldn't have been able to gain sole possession of first place in the division if not for BH-BL's efforts against Shaker last Friday. The Spartans (1-10, 3-14) scored four runs in the top of the fifth inning, and pitching ace David Fischer slammed the door on Shaker with 1.1 innings of scoreless relief.

BH-BL's victory over Shaker, combined with Shen's 11-5 victory over Averill Park Friday, created a first-place tie in the Blue Division. Shaker had built a one-game lead on the Plainsmen after beating Guilderland 5-2 last Wednesday while Ballston Spa edged Shen 2-1.

The win against Shen sparked something in Ballston Spa (4-7, 7-11) because the Scotties turned around and edged defending Sectional champion Guilderland 7-6 Friday. Chris Schaefer had three hits, drove in a pair of runs and scored twice, and Jordan Kaplan added an RBI double to lead Ballston Spa to the come-from-behind win.

Momentum remained on the Scotties' side Monday as they shut out Averill Park 5-0. Pitcher Jim Tino allowed only three hits to pick up the complete-game victory and helped his own cause with a double, while Schaefer added a double and a single.

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