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Moriah wins Class D title; Schroon upset

Ryan Mascarenas fired a three-hitter to lead Moriah past Westport-Keene, 7-3, in the Section VII Class D baseball tournament championship game June 4.

The win put the Vikings into the state tournament against Section X champion Chateaugay June 7.

Working on three days rest, Mascarenas held Westport-Keene in check. He fanned two, walked two and was assisted by a solid defense.

Eric Baker had two hits to key the Moriah offense.

After taking a 1-0 lad in the opening inning, the Vikings rallied for three runs in the second. Baker, Jud Zelinski and Justin Cutting had hits in the uprising as Moriah raced to a 4-0 advantage.

Moriah iced the game with two more runs in the fifth on RBI hits by Baker and Jimmy Curran for a 7-1 lead.

Moriah advances

Moriah reached the Section VII Class D baseball tournament championship game with a stunning comeback.

Trailing 7-1 in their final at bat, the Vikings rallied to beat Chazy, 8-7, June 1.

Ryan Mascarenas and Tim Breeyear walked to start the winning rally. Larry Wintle reached on an infield hit to load the bases for Moriah.

Following a fielder's choice, Jud Zelinski walked to force in a run. Justin Cutting followed with a run-scoring single to make it 7-3 and Chazy changed pitchers.

Ron Schofield greeted the new hurler with a RBI single making it 7-4, but Moriah's next hitter fanned.

Down to their final out, the Vikings got a two-run single from Jimmy Curran to make it 7-6. Mascarenas followed with an infield hit to score the tying run.

Moriah won the game in its next at bat as Chazy pitcher Ricky Osier was called for a balk, sending Curran home with the game-winner.

Eric Baker, working in relief, was the winning pitcher.

Schroon eliminated

Schroon Lake was upset by Westport-Keene, 5-2, in the semifinals of the Section VII Class D baseball tournament June 1.

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