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Diary of a Mad Sportswriter: Wilton and two Clifton Park squads set for state semis tonight

Diary of a Mad Sportswriter

Stan Hudy is a sportswriter for The Saratogian and Community News. He covers high school and youth sports in the Saratoga County area as well as writing a weekly book review on sports books. He's not just a "stick and ball" sportswriter, he's willing to take on any sport as well as any subject.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Wilton and two Clifton Park squads set for state semis tonight

The Wilton Cal Ripken 11-year-old All-Stars and Clifton Park Bulldogs each earned the top seeds heading into tonight’s Eastern New York State Cal Ripken Baseball semifinals at the Bogt Baseball Complex in Colonie.

The Bulldogs will face Niskayuna in the 5:30 p.m. semifinal with Wilton facing the Clifton Park Bombers in the 8 p.m. semifinal.

The winners will advance to Wednesday’s 8 p.m. championship final. Tuesday’s losers still have life, competing at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in a consolation final.
The top three teams in the Eastern New York State Tournament earn berths in the Cal Ripken Baseball Mid-Atlantic Regional hosted by the Clifton Park Bulldogs beginning Aug. 8 at the Clifton Common.

Wilton enters the semifinal with a 3-1 record, securing its post-pool play position Monday afternoon before falling to North Colonie, 6-4, in last night’s finale.
The Clifton Park Bulldogs also posted a 3-1 record and were already guaranteed a spot in the Mid-Atlantic Regional as a host squad. They lost earlier in the day Monday to Saratoga, 11-2, giving the Spa City squad new life in the tournament and forcing the Clifton Park Bombers to win out to advance.

Saratoga ran out of gas in the finale, falling to East Fishkill, 9-0. The Bombers dropped East Fishkill earlier in the day, 2-1 in a nail-biter, but didn’t leave anything to change in the finale, defeating North Colonie 2, 9-2.

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Wilton's win over Kent along with exclusive web photos and Saratoga's tough loss.

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