S-E 2, Holland Patent 1
SHERBURNE – Patience paid off for Sherburne-Earlville, who advanced in the Section III Class B playoffs with a win at home Thursday.
The Marauders loaded the bases in the sixth inning, and Dustin Brooks hit a single to left field for the tying and go-ahead runs. S-E (7-8) threatened several times in the contest, and twice had runners cut down by good outfield throws. “I think we threatened in probably four of the seven innings,” said S-E coach Brian Hicks. “I told them that we have to keep getting on base, and eventually we would get the big hit.”
Sam McClain pitched a complete-game victory striking out 10, walking three, and allowing four meek singles. “People asked me who our number two (pitcher) would be today, and I said Sam was ready to go seven innings today,” Hicks said. “We have a lot of faith in him, and he gutted it out today.”
The Marauders (7-8) play the winner of Westhill and Skaneateles Saturday afternoon.
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Geoff Ogden (L), Dave Wolenblide (6) and Matt Hammill. Sam McClain (W) and Caleb Brown.
Dryden 7, Greene 1
DRYDEN – Greene turned three double plays, committed just one error, and consistently hit the ball hard. Still, it was unable to parlay those positives into a sectional victory Thursday at Dryden.
“We got behind in the count at times, and when we did, they hit the ball hard in the gaps,” said Greene coach Dave Gorton. “When they didn’t hit it hard, they still found the holes.”