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Clifton Park beats Guilderland in semifinal

Munger leads Bulldogs past Guilderland in semifinal

— Munger and Sargent pulled off a double steal to move into scoring position. Munger then came home when relief pitcher Kristian Singh threw his pickoff attempt into left field to make the score 3-0. Richard Drum drove in Sargent from third with a squeeze bunt back to Singh to put Clifton Park ahead 4-0.

Guilderland got a run back in the top of the sixth inning off two Clifton Park errors on the same play. With two on, Long hit a ball that was mishandled by third baseman Frankie Pizzo and went into left field. Jack Grabek, who was on second at the time, came around to score when Alverson's throw from left field sailed over catcher Mike Gillooley.

Munger eventually loaded the bases on a two-out walk to Cullan, but he got out of it by inducing Max Schiller to ground out to Pizzo.

"The kid's a competitor," Frey said of Munger. "He's got ice water in his veins."

Alverson relieved Munger in the seventh inning and got into trouble when he walked two Guilderland batters with one out. A misplayed ball by Drum at shortstop loaded the bases for Brandon Peda, who had one of Guilderland's two hits off Munger. Peda laced a sharp grounder toward shortstop that hit Brendan Das on the fly. Das was out, but Peda reached first safely to keep the bases loaded.

"That's a tough play," said coach Grabek. "It was hit so hard that there was no way that Brandon Peda could get out of the way."

Alverson ended Guilderland's last-ditch rally by getting Long to pop out to Capitula at first base.

Clifton Park now looks to become only the fourth host team to win a Babe Ruth World Series title, while Guilderland settles for a third-place finish.

"We really had a great year, and I couldn't be prouder of my guys," said Grabek.

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