TROY – This is a game that matches the top two seeds in Class CC.
Finally, a basic walk in the bottom on the 11th gave Chatham the lead in a 3-2 win against Canajoharie in the Division II final at Joseph L. Bruno Stadium.
The game featured good pitching, clutch defensive play and, of course, just tightness.
At the bottom of the 11th, Chatham got two runs before substitute LJ Morse dropped the perfect bunt to open the base. Later, with one out, Kyle Jackson got a walk to end the game.
“In the lower half of the inning, it could change like that,” said Canajoharie coach Joe Fowler. “There’s something to lose. It’s two great teams. They’re playing.
Chatham starting pitcher Matthew Thorsen went 6 2-3 innings and struck out 14. Canajoharie starter Jack Montanye went nine innings and struck out 12.
If there’s one thing the Cougars can nip at, it’s in the fourth round Canajoharie got a runner -up for third base, but couldn’t bring them home. Twice got a runner for second with the same result.
Chatham eventually broke through for a run in the bottom of the third. Vincent Marasco got first in the fielder’s selection and came all the way around in a double deep at Tate Van Alstyne in midfield with one out.
Canajoharie responded with two runs above number four. Riley Montanye led with a walk, moving to number two in a Cody Hyney sacrifice effort that actually left both runners safe. He was each forward based on Aiden Bowerman’s walk to open base. Later, with two outs, Chatham pitcher Matthew Thorsen threw a wild pitch that got just far enough from the front of the plate to allow Montaye to score, but a home throw to try to get him to bounce off him, and the ball squirted further away, allowing Hyney. to go home as well.
It’s a dramatic bottom of six. Cameron Horton singled on left field, moved to third on Tyler Kneller’s double for deep left field and scored on Michael Piero’s left. Kneller also tried to score, but was thrown out at 7-6-2 in his power to Canajoharie catcher Riley Monttanye and was sent off. Jack Montanye then got that number three with a strike so the game remained at 2.
Chatham will play Galway in the Class C-CC playoffs at 7 pm Friday at Joseph L. Bruno Stadium.
“He played hard all year,” Fowler said of the squad. “I give Chatham all the credit for winning. Good kids, I lost 10, it was so tough for ourselves.
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