CHATHAM — Chatham overcame an early five-run deficit to defeat Saugerties, 9-7, and win the District 15 11 year-old baseball championship on Friday.
Chatham advances to play District 14 champion Twin Town on Thursday at 5:45 p.m. at the Williams Road Recreation Area in Troy.
Saugerties trailed 2-1 after one inning, but surged ahead with four runs in the second and two in the third.
Chatham rallied to draw even with five in the fourth inning. Cooper Steltz got things started with a single. Brayden Steltz reached on an error and Connor Madsen walked to load the bases. Bronson Haner and Zach Ellis both drew walks to force in two runs, and two passed balls brought in two more runs to make it 7-6. The fifth run of the frame came home on Landon Van Alstyne’s ground out.
The score remained deadlocked at 7-7 until the top of the sixth when Chatham took the lead for good. Haner walked and scored the go-ahead run on Ellis’ triple. Ellis came in on on a passed ball.
Saugerties put the tying runs on base in the bottom of the sixth with two outs, but Ellis slammed the door shut by fanning Landon Verjasbak for the third and final out.
Ellis finished with a triple and two RBI for Chatham. Cooper Steltz had two singles and Van Alstyne and Haner each had an RBI.
McCoy Roth led Saugerties with a triple, double and single with two RBI. Jesse Incalcaterra had three singles and an RBI and Vince Tracchio contributed a double and single with two RBI.
Van Alstyne pitched the first three innings for Chatham, striking out three, walking four and surrendering seven runs and eight hits. Ellis finished up, striking out four, walking one and allowing three hits.
Incalcaterra (4k,6bb,7r,2h) and Roth (2k,4bb,2r,1h) shared mound duties for Saugerties.