Schalmont stays in Colonial Council title hunt

Hope remains alive in western Rotterdam for a Colonial Council title.

The Schalmont baseball team closed the gap between it and first-place Lansingburgh to two games in the loss column with Monday's 7-3 victory over Cohoes and the Knights' 8-6 loss to Albany Academy.

We're playing very well right now, said Schalmont coach Bob Anderson. "The pitching has been good, the defense has been good all year long and we've been hitting the ball hard."

The Sabres (7-3 league, 10-5 overall) entered Monday's action in a second-place tie with Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk, three games behind Lansingburgh (8-1, 12-1) in the loss column. But thanks to Jake Shaw's two-hit, three-RBI performance, Albany Academy (4-6) helped Schalmont out by beating Lansingburgh.

Schalmont took care of its business against Cohoes thanks to Joe Amorosi. Not only did Amorosi earn a complete-game victory by scattering six hits over seven innings, he also helped his own cause with four singles and an RBI.

Leadoff hitter Kyle McKelvey doubled and scored two runs, and Anthony Costanzo added a two-run double for the Sabres.

It looked like Schalmont's chances of overtaking Lansing-burgh took a major hit after a loss to Watervliet last Wednesday, but the Sabres bounced back with an 8-5 victory over Albany Academy last Friday. McKelvey singled three times and drove in two runs, while Vinnie Gallo added a double and a single.

"That hasn't been an issue for us all year," said Anderson of his team's ability to bounce back from a loss. "The kids have been focused. As soon as we finish a game, we focus on the next game."

McKelvey and Amorosi have been two of Schalmont's biggest bats this season. McKelvey is among the Colonial Council leaders in several statistical categories including batting average, doubles, home runs and runs batted in, while Amorosi is batting around .500.

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