Proctor Baseball Wins Second Straight Sectional Title

By Sports WKTV

ROME, N.Y. -- You can call Proctor baseball a sub-.500 team in the regular season. You can call it a lowly No. 10 seed out of 11 teams in the Section III, Class AA tournament. You can call it those things, but after Tuesday night, you have to call it something else: back-to-back champion. After knocking off the No. 2 and No. 3 seeds to make its third straight final, the Raiders topped it off by topping No. 1-seeded Auburn 4-3 at DeLutis Field for their second straight title.

The game was a sloppy one, featuring five errors by Auburn and three by Proctor, but the Raiders' defense came through on the biggest play of the game. After Proctor took a 4-3 lead in the top of the 6th on a run-scoring wild pitch, Auburn's Anthony Siracusa sent a one-out drive to the gap in right-center in the bottom of the inning. The hit was an easy double, but Siracusa tried to stretch it into a triple, and rightfielder Jacob Henry (not Devin Warmack as mentioned in the highlights) hit second baseman Sean Redmond who relayed to third baseman Ryan Donovan to nail him, keeping the tying run out of scoring position.

The Maroons had one more chance in the bottom of the 7th, getting the tying run on first with one out, but Proctor starting pitcher Joe Perrotta struck out the next two batters to end the game. Perrotta allowed just one earned run on four hits and two walks and struck out 10.

Proctor (14-12), which came back from three one-run deficits in the game before taking its first lead for good in the 6th, will now try for back-to-back state championships. The Raiders' run begins Monday in the quarterfinals against the Section II champion in Amsterdam.

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