LAFARGEVILLE Matt Valin delivered the most dominant strikeout showing by a Frontier League pitcher in nine years as host and No. 2 seed LaFargeville defeated No. 3 Sackets Harbor 3-2 in the Frontier League D Division baseball semifinals Friday.
Valin struck out 20 batters, allowing two runs on four hits for LaFargeville. It was the most strikeouts for an area pitcher since Sackets Harbors Jordon Allen struck out 21 during a no-hit performance against McGraw in a sectional game on May 18, 2004.
Valin also hit a solo home run in the second inning. Will Foisey hit a go-ahead two-run single in the sixth inning for LaFargeville (9-7).
Sackets Harbor pitcher Billy Newcombe allowed three runs on four hits, finishing with 13 strikeouts.
It was the second well-pitched battle between Valin and Newcombe this season. Valin pitched LaFargeville to a 1-0 victory over Sackets Harbor (6-10) in its season opener. He threw a two-hitter with 15 strikeouts and Newcombe struck out 14 in a one-hitter.
COPENHAGEN 8, BELLEVILLE HENDERSON 7
Derek Sullivan knocked in two runs with a double as the top-seeded host Golden Knights held off the No. 4 Panthers in the D Division semifinals.
Kody Petrus tripled for the Golden Knights (10-6).
Tyler Bast provided two hits for Belleville Henderson (5-11).
SOUTH LEWIS 28, SANDY CREEK 4
Luke Kelly went 5-for-7 with a triple, two doubles and seven runs batted in to lead the Falcons to a C Division victory over the Comets at Sandy Creek to end their regular season.
Dominick Ventura finished 4-for-4 with a double and four RBIs, and Shawn Loomis drove in three runs on three hits for South Lewis (16-2, 15-2), which had already clinched the division title.
Jason Martin provided four hits and Nathan Pleskach doubled twice for the Falcons.
LAFARGEVILLE 12, COPENHAGEN 4
Amber Klock launched a three-run home run and pitched a complete game to lead the top-seeded Red Knights past the No. 4 Golden Knights in a D Division semifinal at LaFargeville.
LaFargeville will play Lyme in the championship game at noon today at Jefferson Community College.
Lauren Labiendo tripled twice, doubled and singled for LaFargeville (14-5), and Chanelle Savage drove in two runs with a double and a single.
Brooke Spaulding went 3-for-4 with a home run and two singles, and Rachel Muncy singled twice for Copenhagen (8-9).
LYME 9, ALEXANDRIA 5
Lauren Barry slugged a go-ahead grand-slam home run in the fifth inning, singled and drove in five runs as the Indians defeated the Purple Ghosts in a Frontier League D Division semifinal in Alexandria Bay.
Meghan Donaldson connected for a two-run home run in the first inning, singled and knocked in three runs for Lyme (7-8).
Amanda Lingenfelter went 4-for-4, including a double, for Alexandria (8-8).
GENERAL BROWN 17, SACKETS HARBOR 5
Nikki Maier doubled twice and singled twice, and Alana Savage drove in two runs on four hits to lead the Lions to a nonleague win over the Patriots (2-16) in their regular season finale at Glen Park.
Chelsea VanTassel went 3-for-3 with a triple, Shea Siver finished 2-for-2 with a home run, and Rhea Pitkin struck out eight in a three-hit complete game for General Brown (16-4).
SANDY CREEK 7, SOUTH LEWIS 0
Winning pitcher Michaela Martin and Chelsea Claflin combined on a four-hit shutout as the Comets concluded their regular season with a C Division victory over the Falcons in Sandy Creek.
Karintha Myslivecek drove in two runs with a pair of sacrifice flies for division champion Sandy Creek (17-1, 16-1).
Ashley Szewil singled twice for South Lewis (13-5, 11-5).
CYCLONES CAPTURE FL TOURNEY
David Zabriskie won at first singles and the Cyclones won both doubles matches to claim the Frontier League Tournament, played on Thursday and Friday at Watertown High School.
Watertown tallied a team score of 46 to place ahead of Indian River (35) and Alexandria (24).
Zabriskie, a senior, defeated Indian River sophomore Erick Torres in the finals in straight sets, 6-2 and 6-1.
Shayne Watson and Jeremy Reff claimed the first doubles title for Watertown, and Josh Elmer and Chris Patterson took the second doubles title for the Cyclones.
Indian River senior Justin Mattingly won at second singles, and Carthage senior Devin Meyers captured the third singles crown.