Clifton Park The ride continues for the Clifton Park Bulldogs.
Starting pitcher Mason Munger tossed six innings of two-hit ball to lead Clifton Park to a 4-1 victory over Guilderland in Friday morning's Babe Ruth World Series semifinal at Clifton Common.
The victory moves Clifton Park into Friday night's championship game against Tri-Valley (Calif.), which defeated Glen Allen (Va.) 6-4 in the other semifinal.
"It really means a lot because at the beginning of the year, we talked about [making the finals] a lot, and now we're here," said Munger, who was named Clifton Park's most valuable player of the game.
Guilderland starter Alex Varsanyi also pitched well, taking a no-hitter into the fifth inning. However, the Guilderland defense committed four errors, which led to all of Clifton Park's runs.
"Usually, we play very well in the field, and we just didn't," said Guilderland manager Brian Grabek. "Give credit to Clifton Park. They took advantage of our mistakes."
Zach Sargent got Clifton Park going in the bottom of the first inning. After working a five-pitch walk, Sargent stole second and moved to third on a passed ball. Then with two outs, Matt Alverson walked and stole second. As Alverson raced toward second, Guilderland catcher Casey Chase threw wildly to third base, which allowed Sargent to score the game's first run.
With Alverson at second, Josh Capitula hit a grounder to shortstop Cameron Long, who threw it wildly to first base. Alverson raced around third and scored to give Clifton Park a 2-0 lead.
"That [inning] was huge because that put the pressure on them," said Clifton Park manager Matt Frey.
Munger and Varsanyi continued to shut down opposing batters through the next three innings before each of them allowed a hit in the fifth inning. Munger's first hit allowed was a one-out single by Ryan Cullan, and Varsanyi's first hit allowed was an infield single to Sargent, which was preceded by a Guilderland error that allowed Munger to reach base.