BINGHAMTON, N.Y. (WKTV) - The Clinton baseball team fell one game short of the Class B state title game, dropping a 14-6 decision to Schalmont Saturday in the semifinal round at Binghamton University. The game, however, was much closer than the final score indicated, as the Sabres scored six runs in the top of the seventh inning to put it away.
The Warriors, who returned to states just a year after falling 7-0 to Fredonia in the championship game last year, finish the 2014 season at 18-6, while its senior class, including University of Buffalo bound catcher Andrew Taft, ended with a record of 55-15.
Schalmont put two runs on the board off Jon Hardy in the top of the first, but Clinton equaled that in the bottom of the inning, as Justin Jandke and Andrew Hobika hit RBI singles scoring Ian Foxton and Lenny Ortiz respectively.
The Sabres then added three more runs in the second innning, and held that lead until the bottom of the third, when Hobika drove Foxton in with a double to right field and Brandon Broccoli tied it with a two run single to right scoring Hobika and Reuben Hernandez.
Hardy was relieved by Hobika in the sixth inning, when Schalmont again grabbed the lead by plating three more runs. Foxton would drive in Damien Cannistra on a single to left in the bottom of the inning to pull the Warriors back within two, at 8-6.
But that's the closest Clinton would get as they left two runners in scoring position, then surrendered the six runs in the seventh.