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Monday round-up: Saratoga out-duels BH-BL in opener

Blue Streaks score five times in sixth inning to take the lead

The Saratoga Springs baseball team overcame an early 4-0 deficit to defeat Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake 15-10 in Monday's Suburban Council North Division opener in Burnt Hills.

The Blue Streaks (1-0 league, 2-0 overall) scored five runs in the top of the sixth inning to take an 11-6 lead on the Spartans (0-1, 0-1). BH-BL rallied for four runs in the bottom half of the frame before Saratoga sealed its victory with a four-run seventh inning.

Alex Chandler had four hits including a home run and drove in five runs for Saratoga. Logan Kurtz went 4-for-4 at the plate and scored two runs, while Wellman Loviza added a pair of doubles.

Rob Knightes doubled and homered for BH-BL, which is the defending state Class A champion. Jayson Sullivan had three hits including a triple, and Cody Mooney added a pair of extra-base hits.

In other North Division action, Shaker began its season with a 6-2 victory at Ballston Spa.

Pitcher James Holmes threw five solid innings to pick up the victory, and Steve Boldish contributed an RBI triple for the Blue Bison (1-0, 1-0), the defending Section II Class AA champions. Frank Tessier homered and doubled for the Scotties (0-1, 0-1).

In the Suburban Council South Division, Josh Peterson's two-run double in the bottom of the 11th inning lifted Bethlehem to a 6-5 victory over Averill Park in Delmar.

The Eagles (1-0, 1-0) scored a run in the bottom of the seventh inning to tie the game at 4. The Warriors (0-1, 0-1) notched a run in the top of the 11th before Bethlehem pulled out the victory.

Bethlehem starting pitcher Will Aldam struck out nine Averill Park batters in six innings of work.

Softball

The Guilderland Lady Dutch started their season on the right foot by beating Columbia 16-7 in Monday's Suburban Council South Division softball game in East Greenbush.

Guilderland (1-0) broke open a close game with a nine-run sixth inning, and the Lady Dutch never looked back.

Guilderland pitcher Mallory Harrigan struck out seven Columbia batters and helped her own cause with three doubles and three RBI. Jess Peck drove in a pair of runs with two hits.

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