CANTON An excellent season and distinguished coaching career ended Tuesday as the Ogdensburg Free Academy baseball team fell to Section 2 champion Albany Academy 12-7 in a state Class B first-round game at St. Lawrence University.
OFA coach Mike Sargent both completed a 30-year coaching career in the game in which Albany Academy scored eight runs in the fifth inning.
Mike Eglow delivered a triple, double and single at the plate and ended up closing out the victory on the mound for the 16-5 Cadets, who advanced into a regional final game against Section 7 champion Saranac Central today.
Mike Eglow plays all over the place for us, said Albany Academy coach Dave Rider after the teams first baseball regional win in Class B. We usually use him to get us out of a tough inning in the middle of the game. But today he was pitching well so we let him finish.
Pitching well to Eglow means inducing ground balls, and he did just that against the Devils after relieving starter Ted Smallwood with one out in the fifth inning. In pitching 2 2/3 innings, he enticed six ground ball outs, including double plays in the sixth and seventh innings.
He also figured prominently in an 11-5 Cadet lead. In the first inning, he hit a wind-aided RBI triple to score Justin Brock, who lined a long one-out triple. In the eight-run fifth inning, Eglow delivered the only two hits in the inning with a single and a two-out two-run double.
In between, OFA pitchers Breton LaRose and Seth Pinkerton encountered uncharacteristic control problems, issuing six walks and four wild pitches that scored runs.
The Cadets fifth inning erased a 5-3 OFA lead. The Devils exploited an outfield error to score a single run in the second inning on a sacrifice fly by Breton LaRose and capitalized on an infield error in a four-run third, in which Brendan Arsenault hammered a towering three-run home run over the rightfield fence.
The Blue Devils mounted a comeback effort, scoring twice in the fifth on RBI singles by Kinnon LaRose and Arsenault before Eglow retired the side with two groundouts and then pitched two scoreless innings.
We obviously had one very tough inning but I was very happy with the way we battled back right away and kept fighting to the end, said Sargent after his final season ended at 11-7. We had a very young team this year and we lose only two seniors in Andrew LeBeau and Dave Dalton. So this group has a lot to look forward to.
Andrew LeBeau had a great game. He saved at least five runs at third base.
LeBeau, handed six chances flawlessly in the field, forced two runners at the plate and reached base four times by belting a long double, drawing a walk and getting hit by pitches twice.
Kinnon LaRose finished with two hits and a sacrifice bunt and Andrew Cole singled and scored. Alex Farrell rendered two solid innings of relief on the mound.
Justin Brock tripled and singled and scored four runs for the Cadets, who are ranked fifth in this weeks state Class B Poll. Tyler Hynes singled twice and scored twice for Albany, and Robert Lasch doubled.
TICONDEROGA 1, NORWOOD-NORFOLK 0
Tanner Wright pitched a four-hit shutout to lead the Ticonderoga baseball team to a win over Norwood-Norfolk in a first round game of the state Class C playoffs at SUNY Plattsburgh.
Wright struck out five and walked just one to edge the Flyers (11-7 overall).
Jordan Lashomb gave up just two hits to Ticonderoga (14-6) and struck out six.
Nate Lenhart scored the only run of the game in the bottom of the first inning. He singled, advanced to second on a bunt by Troy Granger and moved to third on a groundout. Lenhart then scored on a wild pitch.
NEW HARTFORD 13, MALONE 2
Jon Donovan drove in four runs and Connor Manderson produced three hits and drove in two runs as the Spartans (10-10) cruised past Malone in a Class A first-round game at Clarkson.
Mark Chanatry struck out six and at one point retired 12 straight against the Huskies (14-4).