The first meeting between two state finalist baseball teams came down to the wire Wednesday in Latham.
Eric Egan's RBI single in the bottom of the seventh inning lifted defending Section II Class AA champion Shaker past defending state Class A champ Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake 11-10 in a Suburban Council North Division game.
The Blue Bison (2-0) rallied from an early 6-0 deficit to tie the game at 10 with a six-run fifth inning. BH-BL (0-2) had a chance to take the lead in the top of the seventh inning, but relief pitcher Chad Sinko thwarted a squeeze play to end the threat. Egan then drove in Nick Guerro with two outs in the bottom of the seventh to give Shaker the victory.
Egan finished with three hits, and Tyler Hoffman added a home run for the Blue Bison. Dan Maynard homered and doubled for the visiting Spartans.
In other Suburban Council baseball action Wednesday, Colonie spotted Averill Park a 3-0 lead before roaring past the Warriors 13-4.
The Garnet Raiders (2-0) scored five runs in the top of the fourth inning to grab an 8-3 lead, and they never looked back.
Dave Monin collected three hits, drove in five runs and scored twice for Colonie. Trevor Taranto had two hits and three RBI, and Brendan DiLello added two hits, two RBI and three runs scored.
Guilderland needed extra innings to edge Bethlehem 3-2 in a Suburban Council South Division game in Delmar.
Devin Fisher scored the winning run in the top of the 10th inning for the Dutchmen (1-1). Fisher had two of Guilderland's five hits in the game with a double and a single.
Mike Anziano had two hits for Bethlehem (1-1), which went to extra innings for the second consecutive game.
The Bethlehem boys tennis team avenged last year's loss to Guilderland in the Section II Class A final by beating the Dutchmen 7-2 in Wednesday's Suburban Council match in Delmar.
Rohin Bose led the Eagles (2-0 league, 3-0 overall) with a win at first singles. Nick DeLuke, Jay Gu and Ben Sanders also won their singles matches.
Guilderland's record dropped to 1-1.