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Proctor baseball advances to semis on walk-off home run

By By BRIAN SANDLER

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - Proctor baseball kept its hope for a Section III title three-peat alive in dramatic fashion on Saturday with Mike Scotellaro hitting a walk-off three-run home run in the bottom of the seventh inning to beat West Genesee 4-1 in the Class AA quarterfinals.

With the score tied 1-1 going into the bottom of the seventh, Dan Priore hit a one-out single and was moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Devin Warmack.  Caesar Pujals was then hit by a pitch and Scotellaro followed with an opposite-field drive over the right-field wall.

Third-seeded Proctor, now 17-7 and ranked No. 20 in the state in Class AA, will play at second-seeded Cicero-North Syracuse in the semifinals Sunday at 1:00.

West Genesee, the No. 6 seed, had a chance to go ahead in the top of the seventh, putting runners on first and second with two outs.  But starting pitcher Steve Sarcone escaped the jam with his 10th strikeout to set up Scotellaro's heroics.

Sarcone finished with six hits and two walks allowed and the lone run was unearned.  Eric Spencer also went the distance for West Genesee, allowing three earned runs on five hits and three walks and striking out four.

Trailing 1-0 in the fifth inning, the Raiders tied the game on an error.  After Warmack hit a leadoff single and stole second, Pujals grounded out to short.  Warmack took off on the throw and first baseman Adam Bishop threw the ball away, allowing Warmack to score.

The Wildcats scored their run on a two-out bloop single in the third by Bishop which was set up by an error that put runners at first and second.

West Genesee ends the season 17-8.

 

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