PLATTSBURGH-The last time he saw the Beagles, Chazy sophomore pitcher Kyle Bissonette walked four batters and got only one out on a pickoff play.
In his second outing against them in the Class D championship game June 2, Bissonette again walked four Westport/Keene batters - over seven innings of championship work.
Bissonette surrendered only two hits and one unearned run while striking out nine to lead the Eagles to their first sectional baseball title in school history.
"I wanted to come out, throw my hardest, work ahead in the count and stay positive," Bissonette said. "I wanted to play as hard as I could. I was amped up for this game and wanted to be better than I was the last time I faced these guys."
"I was proud of Kyle for him to come back and throw the way that he did," Chazy head coach Brian Norcross said."
The top of the Eagles' lineup did most of the damage against the Beagles, with Ricky Osier scoring two runs, Kaleb Snide scoring twice and driving in the opening run of the game on a first inning double, and John Tregan driving in the final run of the game on a single in the third inning.
"He (Beagles pitcher Sam Earl) threw me a curve ball and I jumped on it late and it was the perfect hit to allow Ricky to score," Snide said about his double. "Winning a sectional title in baseball is something that has never been done here, and it is great to be part of the team that finally accomplished that goal."
"I am so proud of these 13 kids," Norcross said. "They worked hard to accomplish something that has never been done at Chazy, they should be proud of that."
Nathan Reynolds also connected on a double for the Eagles, driving in Kyle McCarthy, who had reached on a single in the second inning.
"It was just one of those games," Westport/Keene co-head coach Don Markwica said after the game. "we came out a little tight and once we got settled in, we needed the bats to heat up and it never happened."
David Quaglietta broke up Bissonette's no-hit bid with one out in the fifth inning with a single that as just out of the reach of Osier at second base. James Bell, who had reached twice on errors, had the Beagles other hit on a sharp line drive down the left field line in the sixth.
The Beagles put six runners into scoring position, scoring one (Bell) on a balk call in the fourth inning. The team was 0-for-8 with four strikeouts when runners were in scoring position, while Chazy was 3-for-10, advancing 10 runners to second base or further.
"We just never got the big hit," Markwica said. "We had the chances, but never got the hit that we needed."
Earl started and worked through the first two batters in the third, allowing five runs (three earned) on three hits and three walks while striking out one. Bell worked the final four innings, allowing no runs on one hit,
Class D semifinals
Keene/Westport 10, Schroon Lake 4
The Beagles scored four times on four errors in the bottom of the sixth inning to break open a two-run game and advance to the Class D finals with a win May 31.
James Bell collected three hits, including a pair of doubles, and drove home six runs in the victory with a two-run single, ground-out and a bases clearing double in the sixth inning.
Sam Earl also connected on a double in the win, while Kevin Russell struck out 11 batters in earning a complete game victory.
Westport/Keene 000 100 0 1 - 2 - 4
Chazy 212 000 X 5 - 4 - 2
Westport/Keene AB R H RBI
Quaglietta, D. - CF 2 0 1 0
Russell, K. - 1B 3 0 0 0
Earl, S. - P/3B 3 0 0 0
Boyle, D. - SS 3 0 0 0
Bell, J. - 3B/P 3 0 1 0
Van Wie, M. - 2B 2 0 0 0
Markwica, E. - DH 3 0 0 0
-- Kaltenbach, J - RF 0 0 0 0
Sayward, C. - LF 3 0 0 0
Frum, A. - C 2 0 0 0
-- Guerin, B - PR 0 0 0 0
IP H R ER BB SO Dec.
Earl, S. 2.0 3 5 3 3 1 L
Bell, J. 4.0 1 0 0 2 5
**Earl pitched to two batters in the third
Chazy AB R H RBI
Bissonette, K. - P 2 0 0 0
Osier, R. - 2B 2 2 0 0
Snide, C. - SS 2 2 1 1
Tregan, J. -1B 3 0 1 1
Ryba, M. - DH 3 0 0 0
-- Duprey, A. - RF 0 0 0 0
McCarthy, K. - C 3 1 1 0
Santor, A. - LF 2 0 0 0
Reynolds, N. - CF 2 0 1 1
Botten, C. - 3B 3 0 0 0
2B - Snide, Reynolds; SAC - Santor
IP H R ER BB SO Dec.
Bissonette, K. 7.0 2 1 0 4 9 W