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Sunday, June 7 2015: Mattituck recovers, advances with extra-inning win

   Leading off today: Chris Dwyer's new nickname might as well be "Express Elevator." The Mattituck standout went from the lowest low to the highest high in very little time Saturday in the NYSPHSAA Class B baseball quarterfinals.

   Dwyer surrendered a game-tying, two-run home run to right field by Christian Conklin with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning but redeemed himself with a bases-clearing double in the 10th inning of a 9-5 victory over Albertus Magnus to send Mattituck to the state semifinals for the first time since 1983.

   Dwyer finished 4-for-6 with five runs batted in and picked up the win on the mound with 3 2/3 innings of relief.

   The Tuckers are one win from playing for the state championship for the first time.

   "We're tied with history now," Dwyer said. "Hopefully we still have a little something in us to get the victory upstate."

   Unhittable: Senior Kyle Chambers threw a no-hitter, striking out 12, to lead Queensbury past Peru 6-0 in their Class A baseball quarterfinal. Chambers walked two batters.

   Brett Rodriguez was 4-for-4 with a triple to pace the Spartans offense.

   Queensbury was one of four Section 2 teams to advance to the semifinals, with Class C Hoosic Valley and Class D Fort Ann having the distinction of also advancing their softball teams to the final fours.

   Hoosic Valley ended Norwood-Norfolk's season with an 11-1 victory after scoring nine runs in the first inning. Jared Morello led the offense with a double, two singles and three runs batted in.

   In Class D, Fort Ann blanked previously unbeaten Heuvelton 4-0 to improve to 19-0. Sophomore Tyler Mattison tossed a three-hitter and scored on a wild pitch in the fifth inning to lead Fort Ann.

   Chester rallies: Two outs from elimination in the state Class C softball quarterfinals, Chester scored eight seventh-inning runs to take a 9-3 lead on Pierson and then held on for a 9-7 win.

   "We don't do anything easy," coach Mike Becker told The Times Herald-Record.

   Skylar Conklin's double gave Chester a lead, and Taylor Randazzo -- who started the rally with a single -- brought home the final two runs when the first baseman was unable to control a throw.

   Pierson fought back, though in its final at-bat, sparked by Lottie Evans' one-out homer. A single, a hit batsman and a failed pickoff throw to third all scored runs to close the


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  • margin to 9-7 before shortstop Stephanie Green retrieved a ball hit toward the hole and threw the batter out at first to end the game.

       "We came back and stopped them just in time," Green said.

       Big day for Section 6: Buffalo-area schools swept three Saturday games vs. Section 5, ending some long dry spells in the process.

       Orchard Park slugged four homers -- two by Sarah Kubik -- at SUNY Brockport to rout Class AA Victor 16-0 and reach the semifinals for the first time since 1994, and Starpoint put up three HRs while blanking Pittsford Mendon 7-0 in Class A for its first final four appearance since 1986.

       Starpoint ace Allison Block was one pitch from a no-hitter before Julia Ferriera singled sharply to center field. Block fanned 10 and walked one in her follow-up to a no-hitter in the Section 6 championship game.

       In Class B, Alden scored twice in the top of the seventh to edge Bath and get to the semifinals for the first time in school history.

       Walk-off victory: Freshman Meagan Woods hit a walk-off single to left in the eighth inning of Pearl River's 3-2 win over Maine-Endwell in Class A softball. She finished 4-for-4 at the plate.

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