By Keith Lobdell
KEENE VALLEY-The Chazy Eagles took advantage of the breaks and eliminated several Westport/Keene Beagles from the basepaths as they claimed a birth in the Mountain and Valley Athletic Conference championship game, as well as the top seed in the Section VII/Class D playoffs.
The Eagles scored a 7-3 win over the Beagles May 23 in the MVACDivision I v. II playoff game.
"I thought that we were very good defensively," head coach Brian Norcross said after the game. "Nathan Reynolds (winning pitcher with 5.1 innings, two earned runs) pitched well and when the game was tight, Ricky Osier (who earned a save with 1.1 innings and three strikeouts) came in and shut the door."
Kyle Bissonette scored the first two runs of the game for the Eagles, scoring on a wild pitch after reaching on an error in the first, and then scoring on a throwing error in the third, which also scored Kaleb Snide.
The Eagles opened the game up in the sixth, when John Tregan scored on a Kyle McCarthy squeeze bunt, Michael Ryba scored on a Craig Botten single, and Botten scored on a Bissonette single.
"Craig had a big RBI hit for us in the sixth inning," Norcross said.
Osier scored the final run of the game on a wild pitch in the seventh.
As well as scoring runs, the Eagles defense prevented runs from scoring, as they picked off five Beagle runners off the bases.
"Kyle McCarthy made some great throws for us at catcher," Norcross said. "Our pitchers all hold runners well and get the ball to the plate quick."
"Every time that we got something going, something would happen and they would make a play," Westport/Keene co-head coach Don Markwica said. "We shot ourselves in the foot. We didn't play sound baseball and Chazy is a team that will make you pay for that."