Sutherland Wins Baseball Title

It was freshman Hunter Merril who had to make the play.

Runners were on 2nd and 3rd with two outs in the bottom of the 7th and Sutherland was clinging to a 6-5 lead. Allowing a grounder through the legs would send the Knights home a state runner up.

However, Merril made the routine play look routine and Sutherland celebrated the first baseball state title for either Pittsford school with a 6-5 win over Wantagh at Union-Endicott High School in Binghamton Saturday night.

Grant Heyman gave Sutherland a 5-0 lead on a two-run home run, but Wantagh rallied for four runs in the 6th to get within 5-4. The Knights added what proved to be a vital insurance run in the top of the 7th. Wantagh scored again in the bottom half of the inning, but could not push across the tying run.

Sutherland defeated Whitesboro 5-1 in the semifinal game. That contest was twice delayed by thunder and lightning and did not end until nearly 5:30, almost 90 minutes after the state final was scheduled to start.

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