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Saratoga Catholic's offense comes to life in Class B playoffs

There will be no bad memories of the regional semifinals for the Saratoga Central Catholic baseball team this season.

The same probably couldn't be said for Section X champion Potsdam.

The Sandstoners committed seven errors, which helped the Saints pull away to a 9-3 victory in Monday's Class B regional semi-final at Clarkson University.

Billy McDonough drove in the go-ahead run with a fifth-inning RBI single. A dropped fly ball allowed two more runs to come home, and Saratoga Catholic (24-4) cruised from there.

Matt Angelini had a pair of hits, and reliever Christian Garcia picked up the win by shutting down Potsdam over the final three innings.

Saratoga Catholic advanced to Wednesday's reginoal final against Section VII champion Beekmantown at Queensbury High School.

The Saints advanced to the regional level by handling Western Athletic Conference North Division rival Fonda-Fultonville 9-2 in last Friday's Section II, Class B final at Joe Bruno Stadium in Troy.

Saratoga Catholic scored three runs in the top of the first inning and three more runs in the top of the third to give coach Phonsey Lambert his third Sectional title.

This is very special for these guys, said Lambert. "We had to go through the toughest bracket to get here. We had to face (three teams with a combined) 65 wins. We beat the No. 2 team in the state in Chatham (in the semifinals), and then we came back and beat a tough Fonda team."

Saratoga Catholic's offense gave starting pitcher Dylan Anderson all the run support he needed in the top of the first inning. A two-run single from Garcia highlighted a three-run rally that gave Anderson a cushion to work with.

"Getting the run support helps a lot," said Anderson, who pitched a complete-game six-hitter.

More runs came in the top of the third inning. McDonough belted a two-run double and scored on an error to give the Saints a 6-0 lead.

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