Whitesboro, Cooperstown Two Wins From State Championships

Posted on Jun 8 2017 - 3:22pm by Nick Sardina

Whitesboro is ranked No. 1 in the penultimate state baseball poll. The goal is to hold on to that position for another week.

With two more victories, the Warriors (21-4) will remain at No. 1, and will have earned the first state baseball title in the program’s history. Whitesboro, which made its only other trip to the final four in 2010, clashes with Section 4’s Vestal at 4 p.m. Friday in the New York State Final Four at Union-Endicott High School.

 

Pat Galer (3) leads the Warriors into the New York State Final Four. (File Photo By -Jeff Pexton – Perfect Game Imaging)

 

Wantagh (Section 8) and Pittsford-Sutherland (Section 5) meet in the other state semifinal. The semifinal winners play for the state title at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Whitesboro romped through the Section 3 Class A double-elimination unscathed, defeating Indian River, Cortland, Fulton and Camden before edging Jamesville-DeWitt 4-3 for the title. The Warriors have since won two state tournament games, downing Mohonasen 6-5 and Franklin Academy 4-2 to reach the state semis.

Cooperstown is the other baseball team remaining in the hunt for a state title. The Hawkeyes came back Saturday for a 5-3 victory over Elmira Heights (Edison) in the state quarterfinals. Cooperstown (18-2), is ranked No. 2, and plays Potsdam (Section 10) at 3 p.m. Friday at NYSEG Stadium.

Top-ranked North Salem (Section 1) plays Section 5’s Avon (No. 3) in the other semifinal. The final is for 10 a.m. Saturday at Binghamton University.

Sauquoit Valley, which challenged Cooperstown in the CSC , is ranked 18th.

In Class B, Oneida is ranked fifth. The Indians (17-6) made a memorable run to the Section 3 title before dropping a 5-2 decision to Seton Catholic in the state quarterfinals last Saturday.

Oriskany is ranked No. 8 in Class D after another impressive season. The Redskins (18-5) made it to the state semifinals in 2015, and are a perennial challenger in Class D. This season they won the CSC Division 3 title and advanced to the sectional final before losing 2-1 to LaFargeville, despite outhitting the Red Knights 6-3.

 

Oriskany’s Ryan Enos (15) powered Oriskany to another league title. (File Photo By – Jeff Pexton – Perfect Game Imaging)

 

In softball, no local teams advanced to the New York State Final Four, but several teams earned high rankings.

West Canada Valley (18-3) is ranked 10th after falling to second-ranked Heuvelton in the state quarterfinals Friday at Carrier Park in Syracuse. The Section 3 Class D champions, earned their first sectional title since 1991.

Poland, the CSC Division IV champion, is ranked No. 13 in Class D. The Tornadoes earned the top seed in the Section 3 tournament before being upset in the semifinals by LaFargeville.

In Class B, the Oneida Indians (17-3) are ranked No. 7. Mike Curro’s squad won the Section 3 Class A title in 2014 and 2015 before falling to Jamesville-DeWitt in last season’s sectional final. The Indians moved to Class B this season and made it to another sectional final where they were shut out by Solvay and star pitcher Lauren Nichols.

Solvay is ranked No. 2 and plays Section 2’s Cohoes at 1:30 p.m. Saturday in the state final four at Moreau Park.

 

Oneida’s Lauren Skibitski (24) was a key reason the Indians rolled to another Tri Valley League title. (Photo By – Jeff Pexton – Perfect Game Imaging)

 

The Whitesboro Warriors (17-4) had a successful season in Class A. Whitesboro is ranked No. 27 in the state poll after reaching the sectional semifinals for the second straight season. The Warriors, who were shut down by Cortland hurler Cady Walts, should be right back in the mix next season with the majority of its roster returning.

Jamesville-DeWitt (ranked No. 4) defeated Cortland for the Section 3 title. The Red Rams have advanced to the state final four and will meet Williamsville-East (Section 6) at 9 a.m. Saturday at Moreau Park.

In Class C, Center State Division 2 Conference foes Little Falls and Cooperstown remain ranked in the state poll.

The Mounties (No. 27) lost 1-0 to Sandy Creek in the sectional semifinals. Cooperstown (No. 28) lost 2-1 to Tully in the quarterfinals in Maria Noto’s final game of her prolific career.

Sandy Creek is ranked No. 3 in the state and plays Section 5’s Bishop Kearney at 9 a.m. Saturday in the state final four.

 

Pitcher Claire Connolly (23) and the Little Falls Mounties earned a state ranking in 2017. (File Photo By – Jeff Pexton – Perfect Game Imaging)