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:
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).
CANANDAIGUA (18-7/Monroe County Division II)
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).
GANANDA (19-4/Wayne County)
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.
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).