Ryan Mascarenas fired a three-hitter to lead Moriah past Westport-Keene, 7-3, in the Section VII Class D baseball tournament championship game June 4.
The win put the Vikings into the state tournament against Section X champion Chateaugay June 7.
Working on three days rest, Mascarenas held Westport-Keene in check. He fanned two, walked two and was assisted by a solid defense.
Eric Baker had two hits to key the Moriah offense.
After taking a 1-0 lad in the opening inning, the Vikings rallied for three runs in the second. Baker, Jud Zelinski and Justin Cutting had hits in the uprising as Moriah raced to a 4-0 advantage.
Moriah iced the game with two more runs in the fifth on RBI hits by Baker and Jimmy Curran for a 7-1 lead.
Moriah reached the Section VII Class D baseball tournament championship game with a stunning comeback.
Trailing 7-1 in their final at bat, the Vikings rallied to beat Chazy, 8-7, June 1.
Ryan Mascarenas and Tim Breeyear walked to start the winning rally. Larry Wintle reached on an infield hit to load the bases for Moriah.
Following a fielder's choice, Jud Zelinski walked to force in a run. Justin Cutting followed with a run-scoring single to make it 7-3 and Chazy changed pitchers.
Ron Schofield greeted the new hurler with a RBI single making it 7-4, but Moriah's next hitter fanned.
Down to their final out, the Vikings got a two-run single from Jimmy Curran to make it 7-6. Mascarenas followed with an infield hit to score the tying run.
Moriah won the game in its next at bat as Chazy pitcher Ricky Osier was called for a balk, sending Curran home with the game-winner.
Eric Baker, working in relief, was the winning pitcher.
Schroon Lake was upset by Westport-Keene, 5-2, in the semifinals of the Section VII Class D baseball tournament June 1.
Kevin Russell was the star for Westport-Keene. He had four hits, driving home two runs, and hurled a two-hitter, fanning 12.
Top-seed Schroon Lake jumped to a 2-0 lead.
Anthony Vanderwalker singled in the second inning. He stole second and third and scored on an infield out to give the Wildcats a 1-0 edge.
Lance Paradis walked in the third inning for Schroon and advanced to third on a hit by Jeffrey Armstrong. Paradis scored on a double steal to give the 'Cats a 2-0 advantage.
Schroon Lake didn't get another hit, though, as Russell dominated the remainder of the contest.
Westport-Keene scratched out a run in the fourth and rallied for three scores in the fifth to secure the win. Russell's two-run triple was the key blow.