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Dave Wojeski / For The Recorder 5/28/2014 Troy Assignment Fonda-Fultonville's Anthony Sinicropi celebrates with teammates after scoring the winning run during their class "B" sectional game against Voorheesville on Wednesday afternoon at Joe Bruno stadium in Troy.

Dave Wojeski / For The Recorder 5/28/2014 Troy Assignment Fonda-Fultonville's Lucas Calkins attempts to avoid a tag by Voorheesville first baseman Alex Minnick while trying to score the tying run during a rundown in their class "B" sectional game on Wednesday afternoon at Joe Bruno stadium in Troy.

Dave Wojeski / For The Recorder 5/28/2014 Troy Assignment Fonda-Fultonville's Brandon Baker reacts after scoring their first run in the bottom of the fifth inning during their class "B" sectional game against Voorheesville on Wednesday afternoon at Joe Bruno stadium in Troy.

Dave Wojeski / For The Recorder 5/28/2014 Troy Assignment Fonda-Fultonville pitcher Zak Shaw delivers a pitch during their class "B" sectional game against Voorheesville on Wednesday afternoon at Joe Bruno stadium in Troy.

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Fonda-Fultonville wins 1st title since 1982

Thursday, May 29, 2014 - Updated: 10:26 AM

By ADAM SHINDER

adam.shinder@recordernews.com

TROY -- It was all over.

The Fonda-Fultonville Braves were going to end their season one run short of a Section II Class B baseball championship. The lazy pop-up in foul territory off Anthony Sinicropi's bat heading toward Voorheesville first baseman Alex Minnick seemed to signal that emphatically.

Then fate, luck or the mythical baseball gods intervened. Minnick couldn't keep his balance and, as he slipped, the ball kicked out of his glove.

Sinicropi and the Braves were still kicking, with Lucas Calkins still representing the tying run on first base.

"I was so scared," Sinicropi said. "It was an outside pitch, and it was ball four all the way. I saw him go up and grab it, and I put my head down a little bit. I saw him drop it, and I was in absolute awe."

"I knew I had to get on base," he added. "It was fate to get on base."

That sudden injection of life started a chain reaction that turned the Braves' season on edge. Sinicropi fought back to work a walk, and so did Zak Shaw and Pat Hart to force home the tying run and chase Voorheesville pitcher Nick Chiseri, who entered Wednesday off two consecutive no-hitters -- the first of which came against the Braves in the final week of the regular season.

Kristian Singh moved in from second base to pitch to Baylee Hall, but he couldn't keep the ball in the strike zone either. On the eighth pitch of the at-bat, Hall watched a fastball sail high and wide, and delirium set in for the Braves as Sinicropi came home to cap off an improbable comeback for a 3-2 win and Fonda-Fultonville's first sectional baseball championship since 1982.

"It feels awesome," Braves coach Rick Palumbo said. "It's been a long time coming. We've gotten close so many times, and finally we got over the hump."

The remarkable turn of events in the bottom of the seventh inning made a winner out of Shaw, who struck out eight and allowed just two hits in a stellar complete game, with the only two runs against him coming as result of a Zack Valachovic throwing error in the fifth inning.

Beyond that, he and Voorheesville sophomore Chiseri battled pitch-for-pitch, with the Braves scratching out their only run of the first six innings when Brandon Baker scrambled home from second on a Kevin Myers bunt single in the fifth, though F-F failed to tack on any more runs in the inning despite having the bases loaded with just one out.

"Chiseri's a great pitcher. He was only on three days rest, and he still pitched a gem," Shaw said. "But, he got tired at the end, and we just kind of took advantage of it."

The southpaw Chiseri scattered four hits through 6 2/3 innings in the the title game, but labored throughout the game and seemed to run out of gas in the seventh as he walked Calkins with one out before issuing three straight two-out walks before Blackbirds coach Kyle Turski took the ball from him after 132 pitches.

Hall then stood in against Singh, knowing that the Voorheesville reliever had to come right at him with fastballs if he wanted to avoid yet another walk.

"I was just looking for the right one," Hall said. "I was a little nervous, but it all worked out good."

Hall never saw the right pitch -- not to hit, at least. But, when Singh's final fastball missed well high and outside, the emotions were the same as if he would've launched the ball over the fence.

"I didn't know what to think," he said. "I just ran down to first base. I was looking for my teammates."

As he crossed first base, they reached him, swallowing the senior first baseman in a massive dogpile. It didn't matter to the Braves that they'd won in a rather unconventional manner, the sectional plaque was still theirs and their season was still alive and set to continue Saturday at 1 p.m. against Class BB champion Schalmont at the Plumeri Sports Complex in Albany for the right to represent Section II in the state tournament.

"It still feels great," Shaw said. "Any way you can win, it's still the best."

And it all turned on a routine play that seemed destined to send the Braves home disappointed yet again.

"That was an omen to me," Palumbo said.

From that point on, everything seemed looser and lighter for the Braves -- just like Palumbo wanted them to be as they headed into their final turn at the plate.

"I just kept telling every hitter to enjoy the moment and have fun, and they did," Palumbo said as he players crept up from the dugout behind him to douse him with water and ice. "They really did."

Follow ADAM SHINDER on Twitter at twitter.com/RecorderShinder

Dave Wojeski / For The Recorder 5/28/2014 Troy Assignment Fonda-Fultonville's Patrick Hart connects with one of several attempted bunts during their class "B" sectional game against Voorheesville on Wednesday afternoon at Joe Bruno stadium in Troy.

     

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