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

"We just seemed like we caught fire at the plate," said Lambert. "I knew we had our pitching and our defense, but our hitting has really come along the last few games."

Fonda got two runs back in the bottom of the fourth inning before Saratoga Catholic put things out of reach with a two-run fifth inning. Danny O'Rourke laced an RBI single and came home on Tucker Carlson's double to make the score 8-2.

The Saints put the finishing touches on the game with a run in the top of the sixth inning when McDonough's sacrifice fly plated Dale Long, who reached base all five times he went to the plate.

Saratoga Catholic finished the game with 14 hits. Jack Keller led the way with four hits, while Long contributed three hits. Angelini added a pair of hits to the attack.

Anderson, a sophomore, worked out of trouble in the sixth and seventh innings to finish what he had started.

"They had some hits, but they never really strung any hits together," said Anderson.

"As I've said all along, the kid's got guts," said Lambert.

It was Saratoga Catholic's second Sectional title in the last three years and perhaps Lambert's most emotional one.

"The last time we were in this (in 2007), when we went to the regional, my mom had died on that day," said Lambert, who needed a minute to compose himself after accepting the cham-pionship trophy. "That was a rough day.

"I'm just thankful that my guys put me in a position to get back to this game. I didn't pick up a bat, and I didn't pitch a ball. They did all the work," he added.

Anderson, who was in eighth grade the last time Saratoga Catholic won Sectionals, said he's hopeful that this won't be his last trip to regionals.

"It just means a lot to me," said Anderson, one of several under-classmen on this year's roster. "I just hope we can do this the next two years.""

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