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Diary of a Mad Sportswriter: A great day to play two, or three and maybe four

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.

Sunday, July 05, 2009

A great day to play two, or three and maybe four

The Babe Ruth baseball 13-year-old Northern District tournament is in full swing on Sunday with locals Saratoga and Clifton Park in action. If both teams have success it could mean more than just a doubleheader for me.

Clifton Park takes on power house North Colonie at noon in a winner's bracket showdown while Saratoga plays in a must-win contest against Amsterdam at 3 p.m. The winner of the 3 p.m. contest plays at 6 p.m. against the loser of the noon contest, potentially setting up another Clifton Park vs. Saratoga showdown.

That would make it a tripleheader for me and if time, space and internet allows, I might stay for the 8:15 p.m. game for the winner of the noon contest, but I think the limit is going to be three.

Noon contest update: Clifton Park once again gave back a lead, but Corey Hommel did everything in his power to push the green shirts to an 11-5 victory. He went 4-for-4 at the plate and threw six strong innings for the win. Clifton Park will now face yesterday's winner, Queensbury at 8:15 p.m.

3 p.m. contest: In a must win, loser go home tilt, Saratoga faces Amsterdam, a 10-0 loser to Queensbury yesterday. That winner will then face North Colonie at 6 p.m. tonight.

5 p.m. update: Saratoga became the first team eliminated from the 13-year-old tournament after a 4-3 loss to Amsterdam. Amsterdam will now face North Colonie at 6 p.m. in another elimination contest. The blue shirts were putting the bat on the ball, but right at the Amsterdam outfielders, including a chance with the tying run at third in the top of the seventh.

That'll wrap things up for me here at Boght Road Baseball Complex, hoping the Clifton Park squad can get by Amsterdam tonight to put their championship game on the schedule for Tuesday night. A loss puts them in a must-win Monday night with me attempting to make the opening round of the Babe Ruth 15s in Amsterdam Monday.

'Till then, "Hit 'em where they aint."

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