CHATHAM -- The Chatham baseball team just would not be denied in Saturday's non-league game against Tamarac.
After digging out of an early 6-0 hole to tie the score and force extra innings, the Panthers fell behind 9-6 in the top of the eighth before rallying one more time, plating four in the home half of the inning to pull out a 10-9 victory.
"They showed resiliency," Chatham coach Scott Steltz said. "I think they believed more in the fifth inning than we did. I figured we had to hold them as well as come back and when you've given up six sometimes it's hard to hold a team to zero runs, but I give them credit. They did it all."
Tamarac broke a 6-6 tie with three runs in the ninth, all of the runs coming after two were out. Jake Scharnott got the rally going with a sharp single down that was just fair down the third base line. That set the stage for Tristan Nemjo, who blasted a 1-0 offering from Dylan Madsen over the fence in left field to make it an 8-6 game. Jack Mulligan reached on an error to keep the inning alive, followed by consecutive singles by Dalton Maxon and Max Gliosco (RBI) to stretch the Bengals lead to 9-6.
Pinch-hitter Ryan Alderdice led off the Panthers' eighth with a wind-aided double to the gap in right-center. Caleb Doyle ripped a single to left, sending Alderdice to third. After Doyle swiped second, Kaleb Taylor stepped in and delivered a two-run double to cut the deficit to 9-8.Tamarac switched pitchers at that point, bringing in Tyler Nemjo to replace Ryan Derby. Nemjo walked Hunter Scheriff, then surrendered a base hit to Aidan Jackson that chased home Taylor with the tying run and set the Panthers up with runners on the corners with no outs.
Madsen was up next and was called upon to lay down a squeeze bunt. Madsen didn't offer, though and Scheriff was caught up in a rundown between third and home. He was eventually tagged out, but Anderson Coonrad, who pinch-ran for Jackson made it to second and broke for third as Scheriff was being tagged out. Tamarac catcher Dan Smith threw down to third in effort to cut down Coonrad, but the throw sailed wide of the bag and Coonrad raced home with the game-winning run.
"That was a squeeze," Steltz said of Madsen's at-bat. "We wanted to squeeze on the first pitch, so when they took time I said it's best to communicate with no signs, make sure, and he knew it. He just got confused because he couldn't reach it and he thought take. I just yelled to Hunter to stay in it (the rundown) as long as Anderson, our pinch-runner could get to third so at least we'd end up with a runner at third with one out, and it worked even better than that."
Taylor finished with two doubles and five RBI for the Panthers. His two-run double in the fourth was the key hit in a five-run uprising. Curtis Buchan had a double and single, Alderdrice doubled, Jackson, Ryan Doyle and Thomas Van Tassel all singled and drove in a run, Garner Boshart and Caleb Doyle singled and Scheriff drove in a run.
Tristan Nemjo homered and drove in fur runs for Tamarac, which suffered its first loss of the season after opening with fur straight wins. Jake Scharnott added two doubles, a single and two RBI, Jack Mulligan had two singles and an RBI and Jake Danaher collected two singles.
Van Tassel (3k,4bb,6r,6h), Boshart (1k,2bb), Jackson (2k) and Madsen (3k,3r,4h) all pitched for Chatham, with Madsen earning the win.
Mike Gendron (3k,4bb,4r,4h), Derby (3k,5r,4h) and Tyler Nemjo (1bb,1r,1h) shared mound duties for the Bengals.
Chatham (5-0) hosts Coxsackie-Athens on Monday at 4:15 p.m.
Coxsackie-Athens 8, Tamarac 1
COXSACKIE -- Kane Schrader continued his torrid hitting pace with another home run to back the one-hit pitching of Michael Petramale as Coxsackie-Athens defeated Tamarac, 8-1, Saturday night at McQuade Park.
Schrader, who hit four home runs in Thursday's win over Cairo-Durham, blasted a 2-1 offering from Jack Mulligan over the left field fence in the top of the sixth inning. He also walked twice, once with the bases loaded to force in a run. The sophomore slugger was finally retired in the seventh inning on a fly ball to left.
Aiden Boehm added two singles to the Indians' attack. Killian Schrader, Ethan Foster and Petramale all had a single an an RBI, Justin Hatch singled an Gil Bell drove in a run.
Tyler Nemjo's RBI single in the third was Tamarac's lone hit off of Petramale, who struck out nine and alked six in a route-going performance.
Nemjo (5k,3bb,3r,5h), Jake Scharnott (1bb,1h) and Jack Mulligan (3k,5bb,4r,2h) combined for the loss.
Coxsackie-Athens (5-0) travels to Chatham on Monday at 4:15 p.m.
Greenville 25, Berne-Knox-Westerlo 2
GREENVILLE -- Milton Edmonds went 4 for 5 with two home runs, including a grand slam, and had seven RBI to power Greenville past Berne-Knox-Westerlo, 25-2, in Saturday's non-league baseball game.
Greenville mounted a 25-hit attack against B-K-W pitching, led by the top four batters in the order, who went 16 for 21 with 13 RBI and 14 runs scored.
Liam Krasney went 5 for 5 with two doubles and an RBI for the Spartans. Keenan Mulholland had three doubles and a single with three RBI, Cole Ackerman a home run, double and single with two RBI, Dalton Pruiksma and Seamus Kappel a double and single with an RBI each, Ryan McAneny two singles and two RBI, Bobby Corrigan and Isaiah Edmonds a dingle and an RBI apiece and Morgan Gergen and Cole Flannery both knocked in a run.
Krasney started and pitched five innings for Greenville, striking out nine, walking three and allowing two runs on five hits. Mulholland relieved and worked the last two frames, striking out three.
Greenville (3-2) is slated to play a non-league game at Windham on Monday at 4:15 p.m.
Maple Hill 13, Cambridge 0
CASTLETON -- Connor Hall and Austin Ohl combined to throw a one-hit shutout as Maple Hill took down Cambridge, 13-0, in the championship game of Saturday's Canonica Classic.
Hall started and pitched six innings, allowing the Indians' only hit and striking out 12. Ohl pitched the seventh, striking out all three batters he faced.
The Wildcats held just a 1-0 lead until breaking the game wide open with eight runs in the sixth innings. They added four more in the seventh to sew up the victory.
Nick Butler slugged a double and two singles for Maple Hill. Kyle Tedford had three singles and two RBI, Alec Yager a double and two RBI, Tyler Hanrahan two singles and three RBI, Christian Beber a single and an RBI, Hall two RBI and Dylan Chestnut an RBI.
Maple Hill (5-1) visits Green Tech on Monday at 4:15 p.m..
Maple Hill 7, New Lebanon 0
CASTLETON -- Maple Hill scored three runs in each of the first two innings and went on to hand New Lebanon a 7-0 setback in the opening round of Saturday's Canonica Classic.
Alec Yager and Christian Beber surrendered just four singles. Yager worked five innings, striking out 10 and allowing three hits. Christian Beber pitched the final two innings, giving up one hit with two strikeouts.
Yager helped his own cause with three singles and two RBI. Tyler Hanrahan added three singles and an RBI, Nick Butler had two singles and an RBI, Quinn Pratico a single and an RBI and Connor Hall an RBI.
Trey Orme-Ouch, Riley Lynch, Cole Keating and Devon Horn all singled for New Lebanon
Lynch (1k,3bb,6r,6h) and Keating (2k,3bb,1r,3h) combined on the mound for the Tigers.
Germantown 16, New Lebanon 2
CASTLETON -- Dan Kellenbenz belted two doubles and two singles and collected four RBI to lead Germantown to a 16-2 victory over New Lebanon in the consolation game of the Canonica Classic on Saturday.
Dean Ruzich had a double and single with three RBI for the Clippers. Andrew Kellenbenz added a double and an RBI, Victor Ruocco had three singles and two RBI, Taylor Flandreau and Josh Snzo a single and an RBI each and Chris Diamanti an Jamie Decker an RBI apiece.
Mike Sawyer stroked two singles for the Tigers. Riley Lynch chipped in with a single and an RBI and Trey Orme-Ouch and Liam McDonald both singled.
Ruocco (7k,3bb,2r,5h) and Andrew Kellenbenz (2k) combined for the win.
Cole Keating (1k,5bb,7r,3h), Kyle Patch (3k,1bb,5r,8h) and Orme-Ouch (1k,2bb,4r,2h) all pitched for New Lebanon.
Cambridge 5, Germantown 2
CASTLETON -- Cambridge broke up a tie game with a run in the fifth inning and two more in the sixth en route to a 5-2 victory over Germantown in the opening round of the Canonica Classic on Saturday.
Dean Ruzich slammed a solo homer and singled for the Clippers. Victor Ruocco doubled, Jeremy Cosenza singled and drove in a run and Dan Kellenbenz singled.
Kyle Spiezio paced Cambridge with two singles and two RBI. Nate Woodworth had a double and an RBI, Pat Robertson two singles and Brian Hall a single.
Nate Woodcok and Woodworth teamed up for the win, striking out five, walking one and allowing two runs on five hits.
Jeremy Cosenza (3k,3bb,1r,1h), Dan Kellenbenz (3k,2bb,2h) and Ruzich (6k,3bb,4r,3h) sharing pitching duties for the Germantown.