Niskayuna baseball needs 1 win to qualify for postseason

The Niskayuna baseball team gathers after its game Tuesday, May 13, 2016 against Schenectady. (Michael Kelly/Gazette Sportswriter)The Niskayuna baseball team gathers after its game Tuesday, May 13, 2016 against Schenectady. (Michael Kelly/Gazette Sportswriter)

BY MICHAEL KELLY
Gazette Sportswriter

NISKAYUNA — Two games to go, one win needed.

That’s where the Niskayuna baseball team stands after its 12-0 victory today against Schenectady, a game which started Friday before weather delayed the finish. The Silver Warriors were up 10-0 in the fourth inning when the game was postponed.

The victory pushed Niskayuna’s record to 7-8 in league action, leaving head coach John Furey’s squad needing one more Suburban Council victory to clinch a berth into the Section II Class AA postseason tournament.

“Shenendehowa and Shaker, so it’s not an easy task,” Furey said of his team’s remaining opponents. “It’s going to be a challenge.”

Shenendehowa is in first place in the league, while Shaker has hovered around .500. Niskayuna will play host Wednesday to Shenendehowa, then hit the road Friday for its game against Shaker.

Furey said his team is confident after topping Schenectady. His team, he said, looked at that victory as a capping of a strong previous week.

“What it was to us was [finishing off] a three-win week from last week. That’s how we approach it,” Furey said. “It was a good three-win week, too, with [wins against] Bethlehem and CBA.”

Against Schenectady, Tyler Senecal had a double and a single, while Ben Funyak and Matt Toy each had two singles. Conor Graham, Jake Phillips and Zach Percy combined to pitch the shutout.

After an 0-4 start to the season, it’s been an uphill battle for the Silver Warriors to get themselves into position to automatically qualify for the postseason. All that matter now, though, is playing no worse .500 baseball for the next couple games.

“We’re just thinking about tomorrow. Wipe the slate clean,” Furey said. “We’re right there and we’ve finished stronger than we started. We’ve pushed it pretty good.”

About the Author

Michael Kelly
Michael Kelly is a sports reporter for Your Clifton Park and Your Niskayuna, weekly print publications of The Daily Gazette. Kelly grew up in Clifton Park and graduated from Shenendehowa High School in 2006. He is also a 2010 graduate of the Stony Brook University School of Journalism. Kelly's work has been honored by the New York News Publishers Association, the New York State Associated Press Association, and the Associated Press Sports Editors. His work has previously been featured in The (Amsterdam) Recorder, The Saratogian, and Albany Times Union.