Three Section V teams set to compete in the NYSPHSAA semifinals on Friday

Photo contributions: BILLY HEYEN, SUE KANE and CAITLIN McCLARE.

Three Section V teams won their Far West Regional game on Saturday. Now, they will be competing for a state title this upcoming weekend. Here is the breakdown of each NYSPHSAA semifinal contest:

CLASS AA

MCQUAID (22-2/Independent)

vs.

SUFFERN (22-5-1/Conference 1-C)

2:00 PM at BINGHAMTON UNIVERSITY

How they got here: McQuaid beat Fairport (1-0), Hilton (5-2) and Penfield (7-1) to win their second sectional title in the last three years. McQuaid defeated Section VI champion Frontier, 2-1, in the Far West Regionals.

Suffern beat Scarsdale (10-0), New Rochelle (6-2), John Jay twice (4-3 and 8-6) and Ketcham twice (4-1 and 6-2) to win their first sectional title since 1999. Suffern defeated Section IX champion Kingston, 8-6, to win their first ever regional title.

History 101: McQuaid is making its second trip in three years to the state semifinals. The Jesuit Knights are looking to become the first Section V team since Victor in 2014 to win a Class AA state title. McQuaid is also looking to win the program’s first NYS championship.

Players to watch for McQuaid: Drew Bailey Sr. OF; Ben Beauchamp Sr. C, OF; Noah Campanelli Sr. INF; Tyler Griggs Sr. INF; Ryan O’Mara Sr. RHP, 1B and Hunter Walsh Sr. RHP.

Suffern: Adam Bloch Sr. LHP, 1B; Dylan Hoy Sr. SS, 2B and Jack Scanlon Sr. RHP, C, 1B.

Coaches: Tony Fuller (McQuaid) and Chris Michie (Suffern)

What’s at stake: A spot in the New York State final against the winner of Shenendehowa (II) and Massapequa (VIII).

CLASS A

CANANDAIGUA (18-7/Monroe County Division II)

vs.

MAINE-ENDWELL (13-4/Southern Tier West)

2:00 PM at UNION-ENDICOTT HIGH SCHOOL

How they got here: Canandaigua beat Churchville-Chili (8-2), Irondequoit (4-0) and Greece Athena (3-0) to win their fourth straight sectional title. Canandaigua defeated Class A2 champion Pittsford Sutherland, 11-1, in the regional qualifiers behind Cooper Crunick’s second no-hitter of the season. The Braves proceeded to shut out Section VI champion Kenmore West, 11-0, in the Far West Regionals.

Maine-Endwell defeated Vestal twice (3-2 and 7-0) to win the Section IV title. Maine-Endwell rallied to take down Franklin D. Roosevelt (IX), 8-5, in regionals.

History 101: Canandaigua is making its second straight trip to the state semifinals. The Braves are looking to become the first Section V since Pittsford Sutherland in 2010 to win a state title. The Braves are also looking for the program’s first state title.

Players to watch for Canandaigua: Cooper Crunick Sr. RHP, SS, C;  Michael Sculli Sr. LHP, CF and Seth Vigneri Jr. C.

Maine-Endwell: Joshua Chandler Sr. OF; Michael Mancini Fr. P, INF and Rylie Vanfleet Sr. P, INF.

Coaches: Dale Werth (Canandaigua) and Matt Raleigh (Maine-Endwell)

What’s at stake: A spot in the New York State final against the winner of Ballston Spa (II) and Sayville (XI).

CLASS C

GANANDA (19-4/Wayne County)

vs.

TICONDEROGA (11-2/Champlain Valley Division I)

2:00 PM at MAINE-ENDWELL HIGH SCHOOL

How they got here: Gananda beat Avon (3-2), Cuba-Rushford (9-2) and Warsaw (5-0) to win their first sectional title since 1999. Gananda defeated Class C2 champion Bolivar-Richburg, 5-1, in the regional qualifiers. The Blue Panthers took down Section VI champion Falconer, 4-1, in the Far West Regionals.

Ticonderoga shut out Lake Placid, 15-0, to win the sectional title. The Sentinels took down Section II champion Fort Plain, 9-1, in regionals.

History 101: Gananda won its first sectional title since 1999. The Blue Panthers are looking to win the program’s first state crown. Section V representative, Avon, won the 2018 NYS Class C title.

Players to watch for Gananda: Jayden Castrechini Sr. C, UTIL, RHP; Luke Ciprich Fr. 2B, C, OF; Zach Ciprich Sr. RHP, UTIL; Tim McClare Sr. SS, RHP, C; Patrick Walsh So. P, 1B, OF

Ticonderoga: Michael DuShane Sr. P, 3B; Russell Gallo III Sr. P, CF and Nick Robarge-Green Sr. 2B

Coaches: Bill McClare (Gananda) and Dan Dorsett (Ticonderoga)

What’s at stake: A spot in the New York State final against the winner of Cooperstown (III) and Pierson (XI).

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