Section V baseball: McQuaid rolls past Orchard Park in state tournament
Even with the McQuaid baseball team's recent record, coach Tony Fuller says winning a Section V Championship is not easy.
The Knights won this season's Class AA championship game by one run, but on June 4 they made advancing deeper into the state tournament look easy.
McQuaid won a matchup of section champions, 13-1 over Orchard Park at Monroe Community College to move into the semifinals of the Class AA state tournament. The game was stopped after the fifth inning because of the 10-plus run gap.
CJ Phelps and Tanner Degrazia each drove in three runs for the Knights (17-5),
Co-players of the game
C.J Phelps and Tanner Degrazia, McQuaid
Phelps, the team's catcher, and Degrazia, who played second base, each drove in three runs.
No runs were driven in perhaps the biggest hit of the game. After Phelps drew a walk in the first inning, Luca Ciaramitaro hit a pitch to the wall, putting him and Phelps into scoring position.
By the numbers
5 - The size of McQuaid's lead through two innings
0 - Earned runs allowed by McQuaid starting pitcher Daniel McAliney, a senior, who allowed 2 hits, 1 walk and struck out 5 batters in the 5 innings he pitched.
3 - Defensive errors by McQuaid fielders
8 - Runs scored by the Knights, ending the game by "mercy" rule.
More McQuaid statistics
Will Taylor 2 RBI, 2 for 4, with a double
Will Russotti 2 RBI, 1 for 2, double
Luca Ciaramitaro RBI, 3 for 3 double
Zach Allen 2 for 3, 2 runs scored
They said it
"That was a lot less stressful than Tuesday." - McQuaid coach Tony Fuller. The Knights won the Section V Class AA final by a score of 2-1 at Frontier Field.
"The way it was today, the way we've been hitting the last few weeks, it's been a different year. Nothing I've been a part of for sure." - McQuaid center fielder Will Taylor.
"I would say Zach Allen (had the best game as a hitter). When you got a guy who was struggling and he turns it around like he has the last few weeks, and he was 2 for 3 today, it really gets the whole lineup into it." - Taylor.
What's next for McQuaid
The Knights are back in the state semifinals, where they face a team from Long Island. Section V's champion takes on either Commack from Section XI or Section VIII's Massapequa, 4 p.m. June 10, at Binghamton University.
This article originally appeared on Rochester Democrat and Chronicle: McQuaid baseball regional