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Burghers reach new heights in semifinal win over Duanesburg

In the top of the fourth, Jacob Siletti led Burgher batters with a single to left center, and Mike Curtis followed with a single down third base line that eluded the Duanesburg third baseman's glove by inches. Lucas Nelson walked on four pitches, and the bases were loaded. John Joseph then hit a slow roller to third, scoring Jacob Siletti for the go-ahead run.

Williams hit the ball to the shortstop, the ball was bobbled and Mike Curtis scored, boosting the tally to 4-2 in favor of the Burghers, prompting boisterous cheers from Burgher fans and the dugout crew.

Nelson then scored on a passed ball, and the lead advanced to 5-2.

Duanesburg, which has beaten Warrensburg for two straight years in Sectional openers, struck back in the bottom of the fifth, as Siletti walked a batter and Duanesburg's Aaron Casper, headed for Division I college play this fall, slammed a double.

Duanesburg's Ben Brand then hit a single behind first base, scoring both runners, and within minutes,the Burghers saw their lead reduced to 5-4 - and there were no outs.

Soon after, the bases were loaded, but the Burghers got out of the inning with only one more run scored, due to Curtis' catch behind home plate - he slammed his body against a brick wall to catch a pop fly. This feat allowed the Burghers to avoid facing Duanesburg's top of the order with the bases loaded - but it was then a tied game.

Under pressure at this point, the Burghers dug deep in the top of the sixth.

With one out, Curtis hit a full-count pitch to right center for a single, then stole a base. Soon after, John Joseph stepped to the plate in a two-out situation and walked on four pitches. On a balk, Curtis and Joseph were advanced to second and third.

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