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Sports > High School >> Baseball/Softball

Baseball state regional

No walk in the park for Manor

Jun 11, 2019

By Ed Townsend - reporter/photographer

Livingston Manor batter Devin Gonzales (23) swings through a third strike in the Wildcats' 21-0 loss to Whitehall.
SAUGERTIES -- A beautiful sunny Saturday afternoon at Saugerties' Cantine Field didn't turn out to be a fun walk in the park for the Livingston Manor Wildcats as the Railroaders from Whitehall rode the express line that produced a 21-0 state regional victory and also saw their ace pitcher senior Ethan Patch throw a five-inning no hitter. The game ended in the bottom of the fifth inning as a result of the NYS high school 10-run rule.
Livingston Manor Coach Jeff Loeffler in post game remarks noted that pitcher Ethan Patch, “Had a good fastball, a good curve and a good change-up and that's the first time this year we have seen a pitcher with three effective pitches that went long into a game, and we have seen some really good pitchers this year.”
The Wildcats felt the sting of a no-hitter Saturday but found victory a week before when sophomore James Krupp threw a six-inning no-hitter to capture the school's first Section 9 Class D baseball title since 2015 with a 13-1 win over Tuxedo.
Coach Loeffler used the word “terrible” to describe Saturday's game but noted, “We played very well last week but the better team won today and they were very good.” Livingston Manor ended up with a Section 9 championship finishing with a 10-9 record.

At times is wasn't a pretty sight to watch as the Wildcats dropped pop ups and fly balls to the outfield, let ground balls get through to the outfield, produced bad throws to first base and committed eight overall errors.
The first two innings of this game went by quitely producing a 0-0 score but the top of the third saw what this top-quality team from Whitehall was all about as the Railroaders sent 24 batters to the plate to score 19 runs off five doubles and one triple. Whitehall added two more runs in the top of the fourth and the final scoreboard read Railroaders 21 runs, 16 hits and no errors and the Wildcats 0 runs, 0 hits and eight errors.
Winning pitcher Ethan Patch gave up no hits, no runs, gave up no base-on-balls and struckout 14 Manor batters. James Krupp took the loss for the Wildcats and in the 2.1 innings he pitched gave up six hits, eight runs, one base on balls and recorded no strikeouts.
The Section II Champion Railroaders entered last Saturday's state regional game with a 14-2 record and they defeated Hartford-Fort Edward 9-4 to win the Section II title...their first since 1989.
Whitehall entered this season on a mission as they came close to winning Section II last season, losing a tough one to Fort Plain in the “D” title game.
Whitehall Coach Keith Redmond in his assessment of Saturday's win said, “We squandered some early opportuniites in the first and second innning as we had kids on and couldn't get those runs in and this gave them [Livingston Manor] life, but we've had the opportunity all year long to put up some big runs in one or two innings.”
In talking about the effort his team made in the top of the third inning, Coach Redmond said, “That was an incredible inning and that's just the way our team has played all year pounding the ball like that.”
“Ethan has been super all year and we have three guys we can go to who are just like him,” Coach Redmond added.
Some of the excellent play calling by the Whitehall coaching staff included putting on the bunt call with runners on third and the call worked perfectly each time.
Leading hitters for Whitehall included Jacob Moore with three hits and three RBIs, Austin Barnao with three hits and seven RBIs, Ethan Patch with three hits and two RBIs and Tyler Shattuck with two hits and two RBIs. The 15-2 Whitehall Railroaders advance to play either Section 4's South Kortright Central or Section 3's McGraw Friday in Binghamton.

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