BY JOE CARR
For Your Niskayuna
NISKAYUNA — The East Coast Sealcoating baseball team didn’t let a five-run deficit in the first three innings discourage it.
If anything, the deficit only gave the squad more motivation in its come-from-behind 6-5 win in the Niskayuna Baseball League Majors Division championship game June 13 at Blatnick Park against Resume Road.
East Coast head coach Joe Russo was beyond proud of his team for pulling off the championship in comeback fashion.
“We were getting shut down by their pitching, but our hits started coming from the bottom of our lineup,” Russo said. “Each player knows what they’re capable of, and they really showed their abilities tonight.”
Visiting Resume Road came out with the bats swinging from the very first pitch, getting six hits and five runs in the top of the first inning. East Coast didn’t get on the board until the bottom of the fourth off of an RBI base hit from Tyler Borwhat followed by a two-RBI single from Jack Allen.
Still trailing 5-3 heading into the bottom of the fifth, East Coast picked up one run from Jacob Nevells and then the hit of the game came. That’s when Henry McCann had a two-RBI base hit from the bottom of the lineup, bringing in Leo Fox and Ryan Hesler to secure the lead.
“I haven’t been so stellar hitting the ball this year, so when I got that key hit it felt awesome,” McCann said, “We worked hard all year and kept a positive attitude in the dugout and on the field so the win feels amazing.”
East Coast’s Alex Russo was the winning pitcher after relieving Borwhat in the fifth inning. Alex Russo’s sixth inning proved to be his best, as he struck out all three batters to end the game. He totaled five strikeouts and allowed zero hits in his two innings pitched.
“I felt pumped up taking the mound.” Alex Russo said. “After they scored five runs I just wanted to shut them down.”
“The boys changed their attitude and we made it happen,” coach Joe Russo said.
Sam Falace started on the mound for Resume Road and allowed zero hits through three innings while Borwhat started for East Coast and allowed eight hits.
The only extra-base hit of the night came on the first pitch of the game with a double to left field from Resume Road’s leadoff hitter, David Fields, who also scored a run in the opening inning off of an infield single by Caleb Goldberg.