Class AA baseball title comes down to crosstown rivalry

"We didn't execute at the end, and that's what happens with young teams," said Carrese.

Colonie staked Kalica to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning on a solo home run by Schupp and an RBI double by Zach Longo. Kalica wasn't his usual stout self on the pitcher's mound, though. The senior allowed a run in the top of the third inning and worked out of a jam in the fourth before giving up the tying run on John Craig's RBI single.

Kalica got into more trouble in the sixth inning. Cuttita led off with a triple, and with one out Collin Grande beat out an infield single. Kalica intentionally walked Branden Cogswell -- who doubled and singled earlier in the game -- and nearly got out of the bases-loaded jam when he struck out Craig. However, Chris Miller launched a bases-clearing double to give Shen a 5-2 lead.

Colonie got its bats going in the bottom of the sixth inning. Monin hit an RBI double and later scored on pinch hitter Sam Carter's sacrifice fly to center field to get the Garnet Raiders within striking distance. From there, the breaks fell Colonie's way in the seventh inning to pull out the win.

"Every time you play Shen, you have to expect [a wild game]," said Monin. "They're a great team."

Shaker (16-6) had no need for late comebacks against Saratoga (11-8). The Blue Bison scored five runs in the first inning and three more in the second to take command.

"Everyone did their part today," said senior outfielder Derek Gardella, who was a triple away from hitting for the cycle.

Saratoga threatened to have a big inning in the top of the first. The Blue Streaks loaded the bases with no outs, but Shaker pitcher Zach Breen worked out of the jam by getting the next three batters on a strikeout, an infield pop out and a groundout to shortstop.

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