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Thursday round-up: Shaker bests Shen in baseball showdown

Blue Bison score five runs in sixth inning to pull out victory

The Shaker baseball team moved into a first-place tie with Shenendehowa in the Suburban Council North Division following Thursday's 6-3 victory in Latham.

The Blue Bison (6-2 league, 8-2 overall) scored five runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to take a 6-1 lead. Eric Egan's three-run triple highlighted the rally.

Shen (6-2, 6-3) scored twice in the top of the seventh inning to make things interesting, but Shaker pitcher Tyler Hoffman ended the rally to pick up the save and secure the victory for starter Chad Sinko.

Nick Guerro contributed a double, and Corey McMeel added a pair of singles for the Blue Bison. Tyler Vyce doubled for the Plainsmen.

In other Suburban Council baseball action Thursday, Niskayuna made an early three-run lead hold up in a 4-1 victory over Saratoga Springs at East Side Recreation Field.

The Silver Warriors (5-3, 7-3) scored three times in the top of the first inning, with Aidan McGonigle's RBI double being the big hit. The two teams traded runs in the sixth inning to produce the final score.

McGonigle finished with two hits, and pitcher Casey Marvell tossed a three-hitter with five strikeouts for Niskayuna. Saratoga hurler Casey Kerr scattered five hits and struck out seven.

Boys lacrosse

Shaker stormed out to a 13-4 halftime lead and cruised to an 18-5 victory over Bethlehem in Thursday's Suburban Council boys lacrosse game in Delmar.

The Blue Bison tallied eight times in the second quarter to break the game open. Then, they added four goals in the third quarter to seal the victory.

Steve Farrell had five goals and five assists to lead Shaker's attack. Tim Leahy and Stephen Rehfuss each contributed four goals, and Nick Dodd added two goals and three assists.

John Gosstola recorded a hat trick for Bethlehem. Sam Vincent and Liam Christensen each chipped in with two assists.

Boys tennis

Bethlehem rolled to a 9-0 victory over Mohonasen in Thursday's Suburban Council boys tennis match.

Rohin Bose led the Eagles with a straight-sets win at No. 1 singles. All six singles matches and three doubles matches ended as straight-set victories for Bethlehem.

Girls track

The Niskayuna girls 1,600-meter relay team won their heat Thursday at the Penn Relays in Philadelphia.

The team of Kaleigh Higgins, Emily DeWald, Mary Kate Moran and Victoria Engvold finished with a time of 4:02.29 -- the fastest for any Section II team this season.

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