After scoring five runs in the first two innings, Gananda’s pitching handled the rest in a 5-1 win over Bolivar-Richburg in the Section V Class C baseball state crossover game.
The pivotal moment happened in the top of the fourth. The Blue Bombers faced a bases loaded situation with one out before turning to Zach Ciprich in relief.
The senior struck out the first batter he faced, then forced a ground out to first base to end the frame and the threat. Ciprich didn’t waver, throwing 3 2/3 scoreless innings that included retiring nine of the last 11 batters faced.
Gananda will face Section VI champ Falconer in the NY State quarterfinals on Saturday, June 8th at 2:00pm from SUNY Fredonia.