Orange win first-ever section title

TICONDEROGA - Jordan Monthony didn't have revenge on his mind, but he had to admit it was sweet.

"It's a great feeling," Monthony said after leading Indian Lake/Long Lake past Schroon Lake, 5-3, in the Section VII Class D baseball tournament championship game. "It's one of the best days of my life."

The heart-stopping nine-inning win against the top-ranked team in the state came two weeks after Indian Lake/Long Lake had lost it's only game of the season - 7-0 to Schroon Lake in the Mountain and Valley Athletic Conference championship game.

"We brought our bats today," Monthony said. "That was the difference. We knew we could play with them."

No one brought a bigger bat - or arm - than Monthony.

He paced the Orange with a pair of hits, driving in four runs. His two-run knock in the ninth was the game's decisive blow.

On the hill the lanky righthander fired a six hitter, striking out 16 in a gutsy 100-plus pitch outing.

The game was a back-and-forth affair. Indian Lake/Long Lake struck for an early lead, Schroon rallied to tie and threatened to claim the win. Finally, the Orange subdued the previously-undefeated Wildcats.

The Orange began their winning rally when Ben Black drew a one-out walk in the ninth and advanced to third base on a double by Jordan Wallace. Jeff Reynolds then walked to load the bases.

Black attempted to score on a passed ball, but was thrown out at the plate. Wallace and Reynolds each moved up a base on the play. Monthony followed with a fly ball that dropped at the feet of the Schroon centerfielder, driving home the winning runs.

Monthony retired Schroon Lake easily in the bottom half of the inning and Indian Lake/Long Lake had its first-ever section championship and a berth in the New York State Public High School Athletic Conference tournament.

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