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Niskayuna earns trip to Babe Ruth World Series

Nisky overcomes early deficit to beat Colonie in regional finals

— Niskayuna trimmed the Colonie lead to 5-3 with two runs in the top of the third inning, but Colonie responded with a run in the bottom half of the frame to carry a 6-3 advantage into the fourth inning.

That's when Niskayuna took over. The Eastern New York runners-up plated four runs in the top of the fourth -- capped by Favata's RBI single -- and added five runs on four walks and a hit in the fifth inning. Niskayuna finished the game with nine hits and 15 walks.

"We had a very intelligent approach to hitting the entire way -- to hit specific pitches in specific spots. We did a good job of it. We got ahead in the count when the pitchers weren't throwing strikes."

Garrett Whitley capped the scoring for Niskayuna with a two-run double in the sixth inning.

"I was seeing the ball well, and as a result I hit the ball well," Whitley said. "As we got further along in the tournament, the pitching got better and better. We kept on working at being patient at the plate. When we got a good pitch to hit, we hit it."

Niskayuna advanced to the regional finals with a 9-0 victory over Media, Pa., in Sunday's semifinal round, while Colonie outlasted North Syracuse 12-11 in the other semifinal. Both teams won their respective pools during the round-robin portion of the tournament, which started last Thursday.

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