Guilderland’s Dylan Collett delivers to the plate during last Thursday’s Section II Class AA quarterfinal game against Shaker.
Photo by Rob Jonas.
continued LaValley began warming up a reliever, and it looked like he might have needed to use him when Collett hit Connor Montagne to bring in Nash with Shaker's first run. But Collett got the final two outs on a strikeout and a fielder's choice to prevent further damage.
"He earned the right to keep the ball in that spot," LaValley said of Collett, who raised his record to 6-2. "He's been our go-to guy all season."
Collett got into trouble again in the seventh when Shaker's first three batters reached on a pair of walks and another Guerro single. But once again, he worked out of the jam by striking out the next batter and inducing a pair of fly outs to end the game.
Shaker starting pitcher Chad Sinko struggled before being pulled following Golderman's RBI single in the bottom of the second inning, but relievers Tyler Hoffman and Andrew Brochu did their jobs by limiting Guilderland to one run over the final four innings of work.
"That's what we asked of them," Frank said of Hoffman and Brochu. "They came in and held them."
Guilderland advances to Tuesday's semifinal game against No. 2 Columbia at Joe Bruno Stadium in Troy. Columbia edged Ballston Spa 4-3 in another quarterfinal game Thursday.