Burghers reach new heights in semifinal win over Duanesburg

AMSTERDAM- The Warrensburg baseball team accomplished a feat Saturday May 28 that's eluded it for a quarter-century: they earned a right to play in the Section II Tournament finals.

This achievement was a result of defeating Duanesburg 7-6 in a Class C semifinal in a close, competitive game.

With the victory, the Burghers were headed Tuesday May 31 to the Joe Bruno stadium at Hudson Valley Community College to face the storied Fort Plain team at 4 p.m. for the 2011 Class C Section II Championship. If the Burghers win, it will be their first Section II baseball title since 1965.

Saturday's semifinal victory was not an easy one for the Burghers. Starting out with an undisciplined approach to choosing pitches, they had three batters retired on only 11 pitches in the first inning.

Duanesburg's offense matched their defensive effort, as they scored two runs on a single and a double. Solid defense by center fielder Aaron Seeley, pitcher Jacob Siletti and second baseman Austin DeMarsh, however, ended Duanesburg's scoring streak in the first.

Warrensburg's defense also prevailed in the second inning when Duanesburg attempted a squeeze play, and Siletti fielded a bunt off the mound, tossed it to catcher Mike Curtis and he blocked the plate and tagged the runner out in a collision that prevented a scoring run.

Warrensburg's offense revved up in the third inning after coach Rex Reynolds offered some stern comments about discipline in choosing pitches. Within minutes, the bases were loaded with Burgher runners.

Williams then hit a bunt down first base line, scoring Justin Baird, and Williams was safe at first. Moments later, Lucas Nelson scored on a passed ball, tying the score. But Duanesburg tightened up their defense and tallied three outs, leaving the bases loaded.

"With six batters up in the second inning and eight in the third, we then knew the game was headed in the right direction," Reynolds said.

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