Saturday, June 14, 2008

La Salle loses in semi's 7-5

The Cadets run for a first-ever state title came to an end today with a 7-5 loss to Mamaroneck in the New York State semifinals at Union-Endicott High School.

It was a match up of the two top ranked teams in the state and the game lived up to the hype.
The Cadets got on the board right from the start , scoring a pair of runs off Mamaroneck starter Sean Hagan in the home half of the first.
La Salle coach Jesse Braverman gave junior Kyle Charron the start and the right hander pitched three scoreless innings before a one hour and three minute rain delay.
When play resumed the Tigers tied the game at two in the top of the fourth on a Sean Hagan two-RBI double to the deepest part of the ballpark in right center field.
They were the first earned runs Charron has given up in the post season.

Mamaroneck kept on hitting, scoring three more runs in the fifth and two in the seventh to open a 7-2 lead. Hagan helped blow the game open at the plate hitting a sacrifice fly in the fifth and the back breaking two-RBI single in the seventh.
He finished 3-for-3 with a walk and five RBIs.
Dave Roseboom got the last two outs of the seventh for La Salle.

Hagan was in control on the mound from the second through the sixth before the Cadets put together one last rally in the seventh.
The Cadets scored three straight runs on three consecutive two out hits but couldn't come back all the way and end the season with a 27-1 record.


Mamaroneck went on to beat Massapequa (section XVIII)in the championship game 6-3 to earn its first ever school title.
It's the second time La Salle has lost to the eventual state champ in the semifinal round, having lost to R.C. Ketcham in 2005.

To see the final bracket for class AA click here.

It would be interesting to see how things would shake out if it was a three or five game series as both teams had deep line ups and were fundamentally sound.

That's what makes winning a state championship so tough though it's one and done, there's no room for error.

Be sure to check tomorrow's edition of The Record for more on the game and Will will have the lowdown on Cohoes softball and Mechanicville's state championship.

For softball class C (Mechanicville) brackets click here, for B (Cohoes) click here.
--Ryan Kircher

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