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Burghers notch key baseball win as North Warren County Cougars persevere

CHESTERTOWN The North Warren Varsity Baseball team put out a solid performance Wednesday in a showdown with league leader Lake George. The classic pitching duel ended up with Lake George winning 7 to 3, behind the blazing arm and hot bat of the Warriors top pitcher Mike Tirri who has a perilous curve ball and scorching fastball. The win extends Lake Georges winning streak to 6-0 as of Wednesday. North Warren is 3-2. Ryan Wade put up a tough performance for North Warren, keeping the game close or tied up into the 6th inning, when Tirri hit a two-run homer, followed by a solo home run by Jake Nelson. North Warrens Aaron Griffen kept the game close with a 4th-inning solo home run, plus a solid hit that scored two runs in a Cougar rally in the bottom of the sixth inning. Griffen hit a double, scoring a run and he moved to third on a throwing error, then scored on fielder Eric Konazewski s hit. Lake George kept us off balance Wednesday with Tirris hard fastball and sharp breaking ball, North Warren Coach Jason Humiston said. Saturday, the Cougars play in their own tournament, then face Corinth on Tuesday, Hadley Luzerne on Wednesday and Salem on Friday. Burgers defeat rival Hadley-Luzerne The Warrensburg Varsity Baseball team beat Luzerne Friday, winning their first game of the season. They followed it with a 9-0 loss Saturday to Broadalbin-Perth, a school thats about triple the enrollment. Against Hadley-Luzerne, Burgher pitcher Nate Burdette, a left-hander, kept the Eagles guessing. But aggressive, athletic base running also made the difference in this come-from-behind win. With Burgher Shortstop Chris Bodenweiser ending up on second base with a hit in the fifth inning, coach Rex Reynolds put Ryan Black in as a pinch runner, which paid off. Black stole third on the next batters first pitch, and he slid into home base on a hit from the next batter. In the 6th, Nate Burdette shut the Eagles offense down by moving his pitches around.On offense, Brendan Frye got on base and stole second in the sixth inning, when Todd Lawson drove a hit deep into right field with a sacrifice fly, moving Brendan to third. The next batter grounded to second base, scoring Frye. On defense Burdette induced a fly ball for Hadley-Luzernes final out, stranding two Eagle base runners for the win. Luzerne was led by their talented Freshman pitcher Adam French who tallied two hits as well as solid pitching. Wednesday, Warrensburg was 1-3 in the Adirondack League, 1-4 overall.

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