Camden, Cooperstown, and Poland baseball teams capture Section III titles on championship-filled Saturday

Three local high school teams win Section III banners on busy day of sectional championships around Central New York.

Posted: Jun 12, 2021 9:49 PM

BOYS BASEBALL

Section III Class B-1 Final
Camden 11, Homer 9

Camden fell behind twice and battled back both times right away to capture the Section III Class B-1 title.

A six-run second inning would prove to be where the Blue Devils took the lead for good.

Nick Balcolm lead the way going 3-for-4 with three RBI's, while Brady Crawford (1-for-3) drove in two runs, and Dillan Melchiore knocked home one.

Camden ends a banner year at 13-4 overall


Section III Class C-1 Final
Cooperstown 4, Port Byron 3 (8 Inn.)

Alex Hage hit a walk-off single in the bottom of the eighth to give Cooperstown its second straight section title in dramatic fashion.

The Hawkeyes won the 2019 Section III Class C championship, and with no season last year due to the coronavirus pandemic, remained the defending champs.

Alex Hascup had a monster game, going 2-for-3 with three RBI's, making up the rest of Cooperstown's offense.

The Hawkeyes finish their banner year at 13-1.


Section III Class C-2 Final
Beaver River 8, West Canada Valley 2*

After West Canada took a 2-0 lead early, Beaver River charged back with eight straight runs to capture the 2021 Section III Class C-2 title.

The loss was the Indians' only blemish of the season, ending a run for a perfect year at 14-1 overall.

Brandon Atwood lead the way with a big two-RBI double to tie the game and turn the momentum in the Beavers' favor.


Section III Class D Final
Poland 11, DeRuyter 3*

After giving up one run in the top of the first, Poland responded with four in the bottom half and never looked back en route to the Section III Class D title.

Isaiah Zuchowski and Connor Broadbent were the top contributors for the Tornadoes.

Zuchowski pitched a complete game, giving up just two earned runs and walking one batter while striking out eight. He also went 2-for-4 from the plate, driving in two runs.

Broadbent went 2-for-4 with four RBI's including a double and home run.

Kade Ozog (2-for-4), Tommy Haver (1-for-4), and Colton Roark (0-for-3) each contributed RBI's as well for Poland, who finish their banner year at 11-4.


GIRLS SOFTBALL

Section III Class B Final
Marcellus 10, Oneida 2

Oneida struck first in the opening frame, but gave up four straight runs to put themselves in a deficit they could not climb out of, as Marcellus captures the Section III Class B crown.

With the Indians scoring in the top of the sixth to cut the Mustangs' lead to two, Marcellus responded with six runs in the bottom half to end any hopes of an Oneida comeback.

Grace Davis had a solid day in the box, going 2-for-3 and driving in two runs.

Hanna Durand went 3-for-4 with three RBI's for Marcellus.

Oneida finishes the year at 15-4 overall, 11-1 in the TVL and as Section III Class B runner-up.


Section III Class C Final
Pulaski 18, Cooperstown 0

In a nightmare game for Cooperstown, the top-seed was shocked by the surging three-seed Pulaski in a dominant performance.

Danielle Birmingham (2-for-4) and Emily Birmingham (4-for-6) each drove in five runs for the Section III Class C champion Blue Devils.

The Hawkeyes managed just four hits in the game, with Abby Miller, Danielle Seamon, Emily Amore, and Tori France registering one apiece.

Cooperstown sees a disappointing end to a solid 13-2 season.

Section III Class D Final
Bishop Ludden 11, Poland 8*

After falling behind by three in the top of the first, Poland eventually brought it to within one with a 5-4 deficit in the bottom of the third, but that would be as close as they'd get.

Bishop Ludden was able to hold off the surging Tornadoes in order to capture the Section III Class D crown.

Poland ends the year at 10-5 overall, 8-4 in the CSC.

* - indicates game highlights are included in attached video

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