FORT ANN - The Lake George baseball team, a young group hampered by the graduation in 2009 of ten top players, pulled off a stunning upset victory Friday against an undefeated team in a key league showdown.
But this wasn't just any squad the Warriors were playing against - it was the Fort Ann Cardinals, who were gunning for revenge after the 2009 Warrior team staged a last-minute upset to take the Adirondack League Championship away from them.
Lake George managed to pull off a similar accomplishment this year, rebounding from a 4-1 deficit to beat Fort Ann 5-4 in the eighth inning.
Junior Pitcher J.D. Jenkins deserves credit for the win, having kept the Cardinals scoreless in the last four innings with a combination of curve balls, fast throws and changeups.
That's not all that Jenkins did to prove his performance under pressure. He pulled his team back from the brink in the fifth inning when he pitched his way out of a bases-loaded crunch by striking out two batters.
Overall, Jenkins struck out 16 in the unexpected victory.
Few anticipated such an outcome, as Fort Ann not only won its first four games of the season, but had racked up 18 runs per game in the process.
The Warriors tilted the lead in their favor during the eighth inning when Vinny Crocitto hit a single, then stole second, moved to third on a hit into a gap by Hunter Hamilton. Crocitto then scored on an infield error, followed by Jenkins finishing the game by striking out the Cardinals' remaining batters.
Can lightning strike three times for Lake George against Fort Ann?
Many sports fans are expecting it will, if the two teams meet again in the championship of the Adirondack League, which many now believe may happen, considering the season records the two teams have compiled so far.