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High school baseball: IHC, Watertown each see seasons come to end

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Will Magovney could not have given Immaculate Heart Central any more than he did Saturday in his Section 3 baseball pitching debut.

The freshman right-hander, who spent much of the season on the Cavaliers’ junior varsity, allowed just one earned run, walked one and struck out two in a standout complete-game performance.

Unfortunately, Little Falls senior righty Mitchell Baumeister was just a little bit better. Baumeister allowed two hits, struck out 15 and kept third-seeded IHC off the board during a 2-0 Class C-1 quarterfinal win at the Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds.

It was a bad day all around for Watertown teams. Watertown High School, the top seed in Class A, was ousted by No. 8 Camden 12-5 in Saturday’s first quarterfinal at the Fairgrounds.

LITTLE FALLS 2, IHC 0

Magovney, the last in a line of five playing brothers for IHC coach Mike Delaney, looked as cool as a veteran as he threw strike after strike to the sixth-seeded Mounties (14-5). He threw 70 pitches, allowing nine hits, all singles.

“Will handled the situation very well,’’ said Delaney, whose club finished 13-4 overall. “He’s been around baseball all his life and watched all of his brothers play. He has good mechanics and a variety of pitches. It’s just too bad we didn’t give him any support.”

The Cavaliers managed only a leadoff single by Robin Massey in the bottom of the first and a one-out single by Jake Fusilli in the fifth. Otherwise, the IHC batters had a hard time catching up with Baumeister’s fastball and sharp-breaking curve.

“We swung at too many pitches out of the strike zone,’’ Delaney said. “And then when he got ahead, we didn’t get many good swings.’’

IHC left nine men on base and could not get a big blow when it counted. They left two men stranded in the first, third and fifth innings.

Magovney, meanwhile, kept his club in the game by pounding the strike zone and making the Little Falls batters put the ball in play.

“I know I’m not going to strike a lot of guys out,” Magovney said, “I don’t think I had my best stuff today, but I got them to hit some good pitches for outs.’’

Baumeister singled with two outs, stole second base and scored on Theo Wind’s RBI single in the Mounties’ third.

IHC had its best scoring chance in the bottom half, putting runners on first and second with no outs, but Baumeister struck out the side.

Little Falls, which plays either Tully or Pulaski in Tuesday’s semifinals, made it 2-0 in the fourth on a pair of hits, a sacrifice bunt and an infield error.

Baumeister did the rest. He again struck out the side in the IHC fourth, fanned two more in the fifth and two more in the seventh.

“I still felt really strong at the end,” Baumeister said. “My control was a little off the first few innings, but I got a lot more comfortable as the game went along.’’

The good news for Delaney is that he will welcome back a strong pitching staff next year, led by Magovney and sophomores Jake Fusilli and Josh Navarra. And his best hitter this year was freshman Vincenzo Alteri.

CAMDEN 12, WATERTOWN 5

The Cyclones dug themselves an 8-0 hole and could not mount much of a rally until it was too late.

The Blue Devils (13-9) scored five runs on seven hits in the top of the fifth to break open the game.

WHS (13-4) managed a hit through the first four innings before breaking through for nine hits in the final three frames and all five runs.

“It’s the same story for us,’’ WHS coach Matt Covey said. “We don’t see enough good pitching during the season that it takes four or five innings to adjust to a kid throwing a little harder.’’

Camden sophomore Billy Witzigman handcuffed WHS the first four innings, striking out six and allowing only a leadoff single by Collin Jorden in the bottom of the first.

WHS starter Christian Jorden pitched two scoreless innings before yielding Ryan McCarthy’s two-run homer in the Camden third. Two WHS errors helped the Blue Devils score another run in the fourth to make it 3-0.

Camden then sent 11 men to the plate in the fifth to score five times.

WHS junior Jarrod Bellinger, who was supposed to be the No. 1 starter but has pitched on a limited basis this season due to a sprained right elbow, pitched the final 2 2/3 innings.

“It’s still a little tender,’’ Bellinger said of his elbow. “The doctors said I just need to rest it for awhile.”

Watertown bunched together three singles, a bases loaded walk to Bellinger and Joe Freda’s sacrifice fly to score twice in the fifth.

Consecutive singles by Collin Jorden (3-for-4), Bellinger and Freda, a groundout by Nick Lavin and Killian LaDue’s single helped WHS plate three runs in the seventh.

“The kids should be proud of what they accomplished this year,’’ Covey said, alluding to a third straight Frontier League “A’’ Division title. “We lose five kids, but we’ve got a good group coming back and we had a solid JV team.’’




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