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Sunday, June 15, 2014: Recap of Saturday's NYSPHSAA baseball action

   Leading off today: Greg Musk worked the final 11 innings of the afternoon, recording two wins as Schalmont wrapped up the NYSPHSAA Class B baseball championship at Binghamton University on Saturday.

   Musk, a senior lefty, threw the last four innings of a 14-6 win over Clinton in the semifinals, then struck out seven batters in a complete game as Schalmont defeated Rye Neck 3-1 for the championship. In all, he threw about 140 pitches in nailing down his ninth and 10th wins of the season, The Times Union reported.

   "No one was getting him out of there," Schalmont coach Bob Anderson said.

   Musk also came up big at the plate for the Sabres, who ended the year on a 22-game winning streak. He went 4-for-7 from the leadoff spot, scored four runs and drove in two, including an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth in the title contest.

   "Coach told me I would be in relief if things got a little sticky in the first game, and I would be up in the second game if I felt up to it," Musk said. "I told him I wanted the ball in the second game."

   B-BP repeats: Bayport-Blue Point rapped out 21 hits in a 13-2 victory vs. Rye to successfully defend its New York State Public High School Athletic Association championship in Class A.

   P.J. Weeks gave up two runs in the first inning but settled down to pitch a complete game with six strikeouts in the title game.

   In the semifinals, senior Jack Piekos faced the minimum through four innings and carried a no-hitter into the fifth en route to a 2-1 win over Pittsford Sutherland. T.J. McGuire laid down a suicide squeeze, scoring Sal Geraci in the fifth inning for a 2-0 lead. Sutherland scored its run with two outs in the seventh.

   Two out of three: Junior Mike Wagner pitched a five-hitter to beat West Islip 1-0 in the semifinals, then Dale Wickham threw a five-hitter in a 3-0 triumph over Shenendehowa as Victor earned its second Class AA trophy in four years.

   Wagner's two-out single drove home Aarron Schlarbaum with the only run in the bottom of the sixth vs. West Islip.

   Wickham finished the season with a 7-0 record and an earned run average of under 0.80. He struck out just two batters but walked only one -- the only at-bat against him that went to a three-ball count.

   "Playing two of the best teams in the state and to give up no runs, that's pretty special," senior first baseman Will Hampson told the Democrat and Chronicle.

   More baseball: Hoosic Valley added a baseball title to its state boys basketball championship, beating Pierson-Bridgehampton 7-2 in the Class C final at Conlon Field.

  
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       "They're just incredibly proud," Hoosic Valley coach George Brooks told The Post-Star. "At the end of the day, they're going to think, 'We won two (titles),' but now they're just happy to celebrate this one with their teammates on the bus."

       In Class D, Smithtown Christian won its first baseball championship by defeating Hancock 7-3 to avenge a 2013 loss in the semifinals. Tim Gorton's two-out, two-run double in the fourth inning broke a 2-2 tie.

       Girls golf: Auburn eighth-grader Lindsay May shot a 3-under par 69 Sunday on the second day of the NYSPHSAA girls golf championship to win by three strokes at SUNY Delhi.

       May finished 18th in the state tournament a year ago.

       May went eagle-par-birdie-birdie beginning at No. 9 en route to a 36-hole total of 2-over 146. Chelsea Dantonio of Lancaster placed second at 74-75-149, and Sam Sessa of Garden City was third at 76-74-150.

       "My goal was just to shoot both days in the 70s and try to be in the top 10. ... It's one of the best days I've ever had," May told The Citizen.

       Change made: A restructuring to make the job an administrative position appears to be behind the removal of Peter Alvanos as the athletic coordinator at New Hartford, The Observer-Dispatch reported last week.

       The paper reported that the position has been posted on the school website. Alvanos could not be reached for comment about the vacancy listing, but Superintendent Robert Nole said Alvanos, who is not New York certified as an administrator, will remain in a teaching position in the district.

       The school board recently approved a settlement agreement with the New Hartford Teachers' Association and a "particular NHTA unit member" to "resolve several claims by the NHTA concerning the assignment of certain interscholastic athletic and other extra-curricular duties," Nole wrote in a separate release, the paper reported.


      
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