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Whitesboro baseball is No. 1 seed in Section III tournament

Posted 5/22/23

The Whitesboro baseball team is the top seed in the Section III Class A playoffs — again.

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Whitesboro baseball is No. 1 seed in Section III tournament


The Whitesboro baseball team is the top seed in the Section III Class A playoffs — again. 

The Warriors are looking to get to the sectional final this year after falling in the semifinals last May. 

Whitesboro, led by longtime coach Tom Maggiolino, has been in the sectional final four since 2017 and is trying to add a sectional title to ones earned in 2017 and 2019. 

The postseason quest for Whitesboro (15-4 overall) begins at Thursday against the winner of No. 8 seed Central Square and No. 9 East Syracuse-Minoa which play Tuesday. The quarterfinal game is set for 4:30 p.m. Thursday at the field at Whitesboro Middle School.

After early-season struggles as the team worked through some growing pains, Whitesboro has won 10 of its last 11 games – including twice over Class AA Thomas R. Proctor last week. 

“I told the guys we’re evolving every day. They’re working and they’re battling in practice and it is showing,” Maggiolino said Thursday. “We’re getting more depth every day.” 

The team’s lone blemish recently is a one-run loss to another Class AA rival in Rome Free Academy last Tuesday.

Also in Class A, New Hartford (9-7) is the fourth seed after dropping three of the last five games, including a setback to Proctor last week. 

The Spartans are set to play visiting No. 5 seed Oswego at 5 p.m. Thursday at New Hartford High School. 

If Whitesboro and New Hartford win their respective quarterfinal games, they would meet in the semis, which are scheduled for Saturday at Onondaga Community College. 

Class AA

Proctor (15-4) is the No. 3 seed after winning 14 of the last 16 games. The Raiders are scheduled to host No. 6 seed Cicero-North Syracuse (9-10) at 6 p.m. Tuesday Murnane Field in Utica. 

Rome Free Academy is the No. 9 seed and played at No. 8 Baldwinsville Monday. The game was in progress at press time.

The winner of RFA-Baldwinsville advances to play top-seeded West Genesee (17-2) at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday. 

Class B

There are seven teams from the Mohawk Valley in the Class B tournament, which is open to all teams this spring. 

Notably, Adirondack (11-7) – which advanced to the state Class C semifinals last June – is the No. 10 seed in the Class B sectional tournament. The Wildcats play at No. 7 Lowville (10-6) at 6 p.m. Tuesday in a second-round game. 

The highest seed among Mohawk Valley teams is Camden (13-5) at No. 5. Clinton (13-3) also earned the No. 6 seed.

Both teams get a bye into the second round of the Section III Class B tournament.

Camden will get the winner of No. 12 Oneida (9-9) and No. 21 General Brown, which played Monday. Camden’s game is set for 5 p.m. Tuesday Camden Yards.

Meanwhile, Clinton gets the winner of 11th-seeded Chittenango and No. 22 Vernon-Verona-Sherrill (3-13). That game was in progress at press time. 

Clinton is set to play the winner at the district’s high school at 5 p.m. Tuesday. 

In other first round games Monday, No. 20 Holland Patent (5-13-1) was playing at No. 13 Bishop Grimes, which was in progress at press time. The winner plays at No. 4 Cortland at 5 p.m. Tuesday.

No. 14 Central Valley Academy (10-10) took on No. 19 Canastota (6-10) on Monday with the right to face No. 3 Cazenovia Tuesday.

Class C

The sectional Class C tournament includes local eight teams. The tournament is also open to all teams that opt-in. 

The highest seed among the schools in No. 3 Little Falls (15-3), which enters the tournament on an eight-game win streak. 

The Mounties will play the winner of No. 14 Cooperstown (5-9) and No. 19 Utica-Notre Dame, which were in progress at press time Monday. 

Little Falls is set to play the winner at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Veterans Memorial Field. 

Westmoreland (14-5) is the next highest seed, earning the No. 5 and a bye into the second round. They will host a game at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday. 

The Bulldogs will play the winner of No. 12 Herkimer (8-9) and No. 21 Waterville (4-13), which were in progress at press time Monday. 

Mt. Markham (10-5-1) earned the No. 8 seed and will get a visit from No. 9 Sandy Creek (10-8) at 5 p.m. Tuesday in a second-round game. 

No. 15 Frankfort-Schuyler (5-10) and No. 18 Sauquoit Valley (5-12) were playing in a first-round game Monday, which was in progress at press time. 

Class D

New York Mills (15-3) is the top seed among the five area schools in the sectional Class D tournament, which begins Tuesday.

The Mauraders – which dropped two games to Oriskany last week – are set to play No. 15 Hamilton (4-11) at 4:30 p.m.

Another meeting between New York Mills and Oriskany could be on tap again in the second round.

That’s if Oriskany (10-4), the No. 7 seed, tops Fabius-Pompey (5-9) at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday. 

The second round game would be Thursday.

West Canada Valley (13-5) is the No. 6 seed after winning five of the last seven regular-season games.

The team is scheduled to play visiting No. 11 Remsen (6-8) at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday. 

Poland (5-10) is the No. 14 seed and is set to play No. 3 seed Morrisville-Eaton (11-3) at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday. 

White hits, pitches Cats to win

Colin White earned the win on the mound and drove in a pair of runs in Adirondack’s 6-2 win over visiting Mount Markham Friday.

White doubled and scored in the win. He went six innings on the mound, allowing two runs (one earned) on three hits and four walks. He struck out 10.

Alex Kaun homered and drove in two for the Wildcats. Gabe Cihocki had a two-hit day with a run.

Statistics for Mount Markham were not submitted.

Scalise and Westmo shut out Magicians

Michael Scalise threw a complete game shutout for Westmoreland, a 10-0 win at home over Herkimer in a Center State crossover game Friday.

The Westmoreland offense staked Scalise to a 4-0 lead after an inning and he limited Herkimer to three hits with eight strikeouts on the day in a six-inning game. He improved to 3-1 on the season.

Trevor Jones singled twice and doubled for Westmoreland, scoring a run and driving in three. Ryan Ernenwein and Soichiro Hara each singled twice, scored and had an RBI.

Statistics for Herkimer were not submitted.

Late surge for Remsen in win

Remsen trailed 3-2 after six innings but scored five times then held off host Madison for a 7-4 win Friday in non-league play.

Remsen’s Grady Helmer started and allowed three runs (two earned) in five innings on four hits and two walks with six strikeouts. He gave way to Matthew Helmer, who picked up the win, allowing an earned run on two hits and two walks with four strikeouts in two innings.

Noah Skermont had three hits and drove in a run for the Rams. Grady Helmer had a singled and triple with an RBI. Joshua Jordan had two hits as well.

Statistics for Madison were not submitted.

Remsen was shutout in a 10-0 setback to Oriskany on Saturday.

Oriskany’s Anthony Kernan and Jacob Usyk limited Remsen to two hits in a five inning game.

Oriskany scored all of its runs in the second inning.

Eight-run first is plenty in Sauquoit victory

The Sauquoit Valley offense put up eight runs in the bottom of the first and the team cruised to a 16-2 win over visiting Sherburne-Earlville Friday in the Center State.

Rocco Femia singled, doubled and tripled with two runs and an RBI in the win. Broc Barker had three hits, three RBIs and two runs. Marc Perry had two hits, a run and an RBI.

Nick Giuliano went all seven innings to earn the win, allowing an earned run on three hits and two walks. He struck out seven.

Statistics for Sherburne were not submitted.

Six hits for Farber in West Canada victory

Iain Farber went 6-for-6 with a home run, two triples and three doubles in West Canada Valley’s 24-9 win at Notre Dame Saturday.

Farber scored four times and drove in three runs. Teammate Brayden Shepardson singled, doubled twice and tripled with three RBIs and two runs. Isaac Maxwell had four hits, thre RBIs and three runs. Josh Grabowski, Jace Bartlett and Dylan Dayton each had two-hit games.

Maxwell earned the win with six innings of work. He allowed seven runs (five earned) on six hits and two walks with five strikeouts.

Statistics for Notre Dame were not submitted.

Proctor scores early in win

Proctor scored nine runs in the bottom of the first inning Friday in a 10-4 win over visiting Fayetteville-Manlius.

Parker Giruzzi had two hits and a run for Proctor. Joe Gentile and Angelo Podagrosi each had a hit, two RBIs and a run.

Jacob Lew tossed a complete game for the win. He allowed four earned runs on 11 hits with three strikeouts.

Eitan Spinoza led F-M with three hits.


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