FORT ANN - The Lake George baseball team, a young group hampered by the graduation in 2009 of ten top players, pulled off a stunning upset victory Friday against an undefeated team in a key league showdown.
But this wasn't just any squad the Warriors were playing against - it was the Fort Ann Cardinals, who were gunning for revenge after the 2009 Warrior team staged a last-minute upset to take the Adirondack League Championship away from them.
Lake George managed to pull off a similar accomplishment this year, rebounding from a 4-1 deficit to beat Fort Ann 5-4 in the eighth inning.
Junior Pitcher J.D. Jenkins deserves credit for the win, having kept the Cardinals scoreless in the last four innings with a combination of curve balls, fast throws and changeups.
That's not all that Jenkins did to prove his performance under pressure. He pulled his team back from the brink in the fifth inning when he pitched his way out of a bases-loaded crunch by striking out two batters.
Overall, Jenkins struck out 16 in the unexpected victory.
Few anticipated such an outcome, as Fort Ann not only won its first four games of the season, but had racked up 18 runs per game in the process.
The Warriors tilted the lead in their favor during the eighth inning when Vinny Crocitto hit a single, then stole second, moved to third on a hit into a gap by Hunter Hamilton. Crocitto then scored on an infield error, followed by Jenkins finishing the game by striking out the Cardinals' remaining batters.
Can lightning strike three times for Lake George against Fort Ann?
Many sports fans are expecting it will, if the two teams meet again in the championship of the Adirondack League, which many now believe may happen, considering the season records the two teams have compiled so far.
North Warren 10
HARTFORD - North Warren kept its bats producing Friday as it held its own against the experienced Hartford team in a baseball game the Cougars ended up losing 10-14.
Leading the way for Hartford was Robert Petit with a single, double, triple and five RBIs.
For North Warren, Cody Higgins tallied a double, triple and three RBIs and Robert French hit a triple.
With the loss, North Warren moved to 1-5 in the Adirondack League, 1-6 overall.
BOLTON LANDING -- The Bolton High Varsity Baseball team pumped adrenaline into their fans' veins April 22 as they launched a flurry of hits in the first inning to capture a 7-1 lead against Chazy and continued their scoring show to tally their first win of 2010.
Eagle Pitcher Tyler Calzada struck out six of Chazy's batters, and his varied pitches contained his opponents to three hits.
Eagle Sean Donohue drove in three runs with his two doubles. Jake Nitmann tallied three hits and Mitchell Jordan had two. With the win, Bolton is now 1-1 in their division in the Mountain and Valley Athletic Conference, 1-3 overall.
Hudson Falls 9,
WARRENSBURG - The Burghers held the score down until the final inning in a baseball matchup last week against far-larger Hudson Falls.
Burgher John Joseph held off Hudson Falls to a mere two runs until the seventh inning, when the Tigers scored seven runs.
Three-sport Burgher standout Brendan Frye hit a triple and Joseph hit a double to lead their team. Warrensburg's record moved to 5-3 with the loss.
Saratoga Catholic 17,
Lake George 1
SARATOGA SPRINGS - The Lake George Warriors Baseball team got spanked Saturday by Saratoga Catholic, which put on an offensive show with a half-dozen hitters showing power, getting hits off Warrior standout Jack Clark.
Lake George 12,
North Warren 1
LAKE GEORGE -- Lake George put on an offensive show Wednesday as they defeated North Warren 12-1.
Jack Clark crushed a three-run homer and freshman pitcher Willie Blunt contained the Cougars to three hits in the game that was cut to five innings.
It was Blunt's day as he hit a double, struck out five batters and recorded only one walk. Clark hit a home run in the victory, and teammates Kyle McCabe slugged a double and Greg Stoya added two hits. All are Juniors at Lake George High.
Cougar Junior Travis Monroe bashed a double in the loss.
LAKE LUZERNE - Ben Nicols hit a ground ball to score Lucas Nelson from third, giving Warrensburg its sole run to secure a victory April 21 Against Hadley-Luzerne.
Nelson had hit a single, stolen second and advanced to third on a sacrifice hit by Jason Power.
The Burghers showed off their tough defense, which included a leaping catch by Brendan Frye in the last inning to secure the win. Also, Ryan Belden had a double in the victory.
Burgher Sophomore Pitcher Jacob Siletti struck out six, and he was backed up by three-sport sensation Mike Perrone who pitched relief for the save.
This game advanced Warrensburg to 4-0 in the league, leaving no question to fans that they're in the chase for league leadership along with Lake George and Fort Ann.
WARRENSBURG -- Three was the magic number for the Burghers April 20, as Brendan Frye tallied 3 with three at-bats including a triple and he scored three runs - and teammate Mike Curtis hit a three-run homer as Warrensburg won the Adirondack League matchup against Whitehall 13-7.
The fifth inning, which included Curtis' slam and a two-run homer by Burgher Pitcher Lucas Nelson, was the turning point of the April 20 game.
Among the Burghers hitting consistently was Mike Perrone who tallied three hits in four at-bats, including a double.
Whitehall's Albert Ricketts scored two triples and scored two runners. Fellow Railroader Chris Therrien blasted a home run in the second inning.
Lake George 6,
CORINTH - Freshman Warrior Pitcher Connor McCoy worked the limits of the strike zone to contain Corinth to four hits as he struck out eight batters in Lake George's shutout of Corinth Monday.
Freshman Willy Blunt blasted a solo home run in opening minute of the game in this pivotal Adirondack League matchup. Blunt and and Junior J.D. Jenkins recorded two hits each for the Warriors.
The Warrior effort included doubles by Juniors Alex Liucci and Greg Stoya, who brought two Warrior runners home with his hits.
With this win - from this 2010 squad that's surpassing expectations as the roster includes only one Junior - Lake George advances to 5-1 in the Adirondack League.