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Baseball: Scotia-Glenville's rally falls short in semis

Queensbury's fourth inning outburst enough for Spartans

— The Scotia-Glenville baseball team fell short in its attempt to reach the Section II Class A finals for the second year in a row.

Queensbury scored five runs in the bottom of the fourth inning and withstood a late rally to defeat the Tartans 8-6 in Saturday's semifinal game at Bob Bellizzi Field.

"We worked hard, but just came up short," said Scotia-Glenville coach John Striffler. "In all fairness, credit (Queensbury's) defense. They made the plays."

The seventh-seeded Tartans led 3-2 after scoring a run in the top of the fourth inning on Luke Mancini's RBI single. The advantage could have been greater if not for Queensbury shortstop Kyle Gilligan, who gunned down a second Scotia-Glenville baserunner trying to score on the play. Mancini was then thrown out trying to stretch his single into a double.

The third-seeded Spartans evened the score in the bottom of the fourth when Charlie Peltz worked a bases-loaded walk. Reed Ferrier then put Queensbury ahead to stay with a three-run triple to right-center field. Ferrier scored on Phil Wettersten's groundout to give the Spartans a 7-3 lead.

"Ferrier gets that huge hit," said Queensbury coach Jay Marra. "He does what you need him to do. If we need him to slap the ball, he slaps the ball. We needed a big hit, and he drove that ball hard."

Queensbury's lead grew to 8-3 before Scotia-Glenville rallied in the top of the seventh inning. Andy Stuart drove in Ian Schoonmaker and Nick Zeglen with a double. Two batters later, Chris Borden singled to bring in Stuart to make it 8-6 before Wettersten closed out the game with a strikeout.

It was Queensbury's third win against Scotia-Glenville this season, and it advanced the Spartans to Thursday's Class A final against Foothills Council rival Glens Falls at Joe Bruno Stadium in Troy.

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