One area baseball team wrapped up a title, while another is closing in on one.
Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk won its first Colonial Council crown since 1969 with a 10-2 victory over Cobleskill-Richmondville last Thursday at Cooperstown's Doubleday Field, while Bethlehem maintained its hold on first place in the Suburban Council Gold Division with last Wednesday's 8-2 victory over Shaker.
That's obviously a special place for us to lock up our first title in 39 years the birthplace of baseball," said R-C-S coach Bob Dorrance. "It was very special for me and for the kids."
The Indians (14-2 league, 16-3 overall) pounded Cobleskill pitchers for 15 hits and scored at least one run in all but two of the seven innings. Keith Hoyt led the charge with a pair of doubles and a single, while Rob Nolan drove in three runs with a pair of singles. Joey Boomhower added a double, two singles and two RBI.
"We talked before the game about how the longer you keep a team in the game, the better the chance they can upset you," said Dorrance. "We got off to a good start when Rob Nolan hit a two-run single in the top of the first inning and we kept chipping away with runs."
R-C-S needed the win to assure itself of the Colonial Council title after second-place Schalmont trimmed the Indians' lead to one game with a 10-7 victory last Monday.
"We were fortunate to get some close wins this season and to get good pitching and timely hitting," said Dorrance.
R-C-S now waits to see where it will be seeded for the Section II, Class B playoffs. The Indians are in competition with Ichabod Crane and Chatham from the Patroon Conference for the top seed.
"That would be great if that happened," said Dorrance of earning the No. 1 seed, "but it's out of my control. We had a non-league win against Chatham earlier this season, but we also had a non-league loss against Hudson. So, we'll have to wait and see."