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