Webster Thomas and Greece Athena set to decide Class A title

Top (l-r): Vic Alongi, Mike Zicari, Aleks Englert and Max Heil. Bottom (l-r): Mitchell Kelly, Jaden Madrid, Paul Sofinski and Casey Saucke II. (Photo contributions: SCOTT CORDARO, MICHELLE DeHOND, SUE KANE and JENNIFER LAEMLEIN)

One team is making its first sectional final appearance in nine years. The other is in the title game for the second straight season. Monroe County rivals Webster Thomas and Greece Athena will meet Tuesday to decide the 2021 Section V Class A Baseball Championship. Here’s the breakdown:

No. 1 seed WEBSTER THOMAS TITANS (17-4/Monroe County) vs. No. 3 seed GREECE ATHENA TROJANS (17-4/Monroe County)

Runs scored per game: Webster Thomas (7.1), Greece Athena (7.5)

Runs allowed per game: Webster Thomas (3.1), Greece Athena (3.8)

Current streak: Webster Thomas has won eight straight. Greece Athena has won three straight.

How they got here: Webster Thomas defeated No. 16 Greece Arcadia, 7-3, in the first round and No. 8 Geneva, 9-3, in the quarterfinals before downing No. 13 Spencerport, 1-0, in the semis.

Greece Athena beat Greece Olympia/Odyssey by a 12-0 score in the first round and Pittsford Mendon, 10-4, in the quarterfinals and took down Irondequoit, 8-3, in the semis.

Players to Watch

Webster Thomas: Maxwell Heil Sr. C/3B/P .400 BA, .478 OBP, .500 SLG, 16 H, 11 R, 10 RBI, 4 2Bs, 4 SBs, 5-1 record, 1.91 ERA, 1 Save, 34 Ks; Mitchell Kelly Sr. OF/P .365 BA, .442 OBP, .689 SLG, 32 R, 27 H, 23 RBI, 21 SBs, 5 2Bs, 5 3Bs, 3 HR; Paul Sofinski Sr. P 4-0, 2.12 ERA; Colby Wilson Jr. 1B .382 BA, .443 OBP, .500 SLG, 26 H, 14 RBI, 10 R, 4 2Bs, 2 3Bs, 4 SBs; Garett Wilson Jr. 1B/3B/P .431 BA, .538 OBP, .646 SLG, 28 H, 19 RBI, 16 R, 4 2Bs, 2 3Bs, 2 HR; Michael Zicari Jr. OF/P .400 BA, .562 OBP, .700 SLG, 8 R, 4 H, 3 2Bs, 3 RBI

Greece Athena: Jaden Madrid So. .400 BA, .474 OBP, .560 SLG, 20 H, 17 SBs, 17 R, 8 RBI, 6 2Bs, 1 3B; Connor Osier Fr. 1B/3B/P .326 BA, .375 OBP, .534 SLG, 14 H, 9 RBI, 6 R, 3 2Bs, 2 HR, 2-0 record, 1.68 ERA, 16 Ks; Casey Saucke Sr. SS/P .474 BA, .643 OBP, .666 SLG, 20 R, 18 H, 14 SBs, 12 RBI, 7 2Bs, 5 3Bs, 2 HR, 1-0 record, 2.90 ERA, 19 Ks; Vic Alongi Sr. 1B 10 R, 8 RBI, 4 2B.

Coaches: Kevin Neenan (Webster Thomas), Jason Bunting (Greece Athena)

History 101: Webster Thomas is making its first sectional final appearance since 2012. As a No. 2 seed nearly a decade ago, the Titans defeated Charlotte/Marshall and Fairport before falling to Penfield. Greece Athena is making its second straight sectional final appearance. As the top overall seed, the Trojans defeated Brockport and Pittsford Mendon before falling to eventual state semifinalist, Canandaigua, in the 2019 Class A1 title game, 3-0, at the Rochester Institute of Technology.

First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Basket Road Field.

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