ENDICOTT, N.Y. (WKTV) - In a matchup of two teams that had never made it to the state final four before, Section V's Arkport came back and held on to beat Hamilton 2-1 Saturday in the Class D semifinals at Union-Endicott High School.
After Hamilton took a 1-0 lead in the first inning on a two-out, two-strike RBI single by Jordan Doroshenko, Arkport came back in the fifth with a two-out, two-strike RBI double by Ethan Lewis and an RBI single two batters later by Kevin Crosson. Hamilton got the tying run on first with nobody out in the seventh and moved him to second with one out and to third with two outs, but Lucas Rhyde flied out to center to end the game.
The victory was No. 3-ranked Arkport's 20th of the season (20-2) and sent the Blue Jays to the championship game where they routed No. 11 Schenectady Christian from Section II 14-6. Fourth-ranked Hamilton, which beat top-ranked South Kortright to make the final four, ends the season 20-5.
Doroshenko ended up taking the loss, throwing a six-inning complete game and allowing the two runs (both earned) on six hits (including two infield singles) and one walk and striking out six. Shawn Kerr went the distance on the other side for the win, allowing one earned run on five hits and no walks and striking out six, as well.
Arkport nearly tied the game in the bottom of the fourth on a bases-loaded, nobody-out sacrifice fly down the first-base line, but the Emerald Knights appealed that runner Greg Talbot had left third base too early while tagging up. The umpires agreed, and Doroshenko escaped the threat with a strikeout. That gave all the momentum to Hamilton, but the Emerald Knights' offense could not scratch out anymore runs.
The loss was Hamilton's first to a fellow Class D team this season (13-1).