Whitesboro's Run Ends In State Quarters

By Sports WKTV

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- This time, the Whitesboro baseball team could not pull it out. After barely escaping their last two playoff games, the Warriors' magic ran out in the state Class A quarterfinals on Wednesday at Alliance Bank Stadium in Syracuse, as they lost to Section X's Malone-Franklin Academy 5-4.

The game, which was postponed by rain on Tuesday, was decided by a big 3rd inning for Franklin Academy. After Whitesboro took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the 2nd, the Huskies scored four runs against Warriors starting pitcher Alex Ferenti to re-take the lead 5-2.

Whitesboro missed a great chance to come back in the 4th inning, lining into a double play with the bases loaded and one out, but the Warriors came back in the 5th with back-to-back RBI hits to cut it to 5-4. After that, though, Franklin Academy starter Nick Leffler shut them down, retiring eight of the last nine hitters in the game, with the one exception being a reached-on-error in the 6th.

Leffler finished with four earned runs allowed on seven hits, one walk and two hit batsmen, striking out four. Ferenti battled to last five innings, allowing five earned runs on eight hits, three walks and two hit batsmen, striking out seven.

Franklin Academy, now 15-6, advances to the state final four this weekend in Binghamton. Whitesboro ends the season 21-6.

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