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Baseball: Schalmont ready for next step

Sabres enter Class B playoffs as No. 2 seed

Schalmont’s Dan Bergami slides across home plate to score on a wild pitch during last Saturday’s Colonial Council game against Voorheesville. The Sabres beat the Blackbirds 14-7 to lock up the No. 2 seed for the Section II Class B playoffs. Schalmont plays in Thursday’s quarterfinal round.

Schalmont’s Dan Bergami slides across home plate to score on a wild pitch during last Saturday’s Colonial Council game against Voorheesville. The Sabres beat the Blackbirds 14-7 to lock up the No. 2 seed for the Section II Class B playoffs. Schalmont plays in Thursday’s quarterfinal round. Photo by Rob Jonas.

— If last Saturday’s game against Voorheesville is any indication, the Schalmont baseball team is ready for the Section II playoffs.

The Sabres (13-2 league, 15-4 overall) jumped out to an 11-0 lead and cruised to a 14-7 victory over the Blackbirds in a battle of the top two teams in the Colonial Council Patriot Division teams at Guilderland’s Dutchmen Field.

The victory capped Schalmont’s ascension to the Patriot Division title and locked up the No. 2 seed for the Section II Class B playoffs.

“It’s been a fantastic season,” said Schalmont coach Bob Anderson. “Our pitching was outstanding, and our defense was outstanding all year.”

The Sabres had already clinched the division title one day earlier when they defeated Watervliet 5-2. That win coupled with Voorheesville’s 8-1 loss to Cobleskill-Richmondville last Thursday put Schalmont two games ahead of the Blackbirds entering last Saturday’s game.

Still, Schalmont didn’t let up when it met Voorheesville. The Sabres scored four runs in the top of the first inning and tacked on six runs in the fourth inning to put the game out of the Blackbirds’ reach.

“We came out and hit the ball extremely well at the start,” said Anderson.

Voorheesville (10-5, 14-5) pushed across four runs off starting pitcher Tom Urbanski in the bottom of the fifth inning, though none of those runs were earned because Schalmont committed three errors in the frame. The Blackbirds scored three more times in the bottom of the sixth to make the score 11-7 before the Sabres pushed across three runs in the top of the seventh.

Dan Bergami, Caleb Ward and Nick Pascarella each had three hits as part of Schalmont’s 18-hit attack. Ward doubled twice and drove in three runs, while Bergami had two RBI and two runs scored to go along with his triple and two singles. Pascarella singled three times and scored twice.

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