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Diary of a Mad Sportswriter: Clifton Park Mustangs need extras to beat 8-yr-old Saratoga Americans

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, August 01, 2010

Clifton Park Mustangs need extras to beat 8-yr-old Saratoga Americans

TROY — The Saratoga Americans had to return to the Spring Baseball Complex in Troy to complete some unfinished business Saturday morning, finishing off Spring and almost stealing a contest away from rival Clifton Park in eight innings.


Saratoga (1-1) arrived back at the 8-year-old Cal Ripken Eastern New York State tournament with their bats awake, drilling Spring for five runs in the fifth inning and cruising to an 11-4 win.

Later in the morning the Americans allowed rival the Clifton Park Mustangs to score three runs in the top of the sixth before knotting the contest at five runs apiece with two of the their own in the bottom of the sixth to knot the contest at five apiece. Clifton Park (2-0) scored three runs in the top of the eighth inning on Ben Lavery’s inside-the-park home run, keying the 8-5 win.

After being tied at two-runs Saratoga took a 3-2 lead.

Clifton Park bounced back with three runs of its own and was looking for more after Troy Malcolm was forced out at the plate for the first out of the inning.

Help wasn’t far behind as Brendan Fallon scored after reaching on a single and moving around after Jack Flaherty reached on an infield single and Lavery reached on a fielder’s choice. Ryan Collins drove in Fallon with his RBI single.

Adam McCarville drove in Flaherty with his sacrifice fly that was caught deep in center and Jonathan DeChalus plated Lauer with his RBI single for the 5-3 lead.

With their backs against the wall, Saratoga came back to tie the game with two of its own in the bottom half of the sixth.

The two teams didn’t budge in the seventh inning but the Mustangs rode high in the top of the eighth on the bat and heels of Lavery.

With Malcom and Fallon both reaching on walks, Lavery drilled a one-out drive to deep centerfield plating both of his teammates. With assistant coach Mike Flaherty sending him home the entire way, whipping his arms around in the third base coach’s box, Clifton Park took the 8-5 lead.

The younger Flaherty closed out the win, giving up a single to Chudy before getting the next three batters out.

“He runs the gamut between hot and cold,” Clifton Park manager John Collins said. “He’s one of our starters and hadn’t pitched in two days. Sure enough, he came through.”

The Mustang revival came at the hands of the top of the Clifton Park order, positions that had been almost dormant early in the contest.

“We started to hit, we’ve been in a slump,” Hart said. “We started to get his when we needed them when the chips were down.”


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