CLAVERACK -- Tristan Super pitched five innings of shutout ball, allowing just one hit and Taconic Hills went on to win its fourth straight game in the Section 2 South 8-10 year-old AAA Tournament, handing Albany National a 7-2 setback on Thursday at Claverack Town Park.
Super struck out 13 and walked only two in helping TH remain perfect in tournament play. He struck out at least two batters in every inning he pitched and surrendered just a second inning single to Logan Wescott.
Next up for Taconic Hills is the Section 2 South championship game on Thursday at 5:45 p.m. at Claverack Town Park, with Hudson Valley Little League of Ravena the most likely opponent. TH posted an 8-3 victory over Hudson Valley on July 11.
Taconic Hills took a 1-0 lead in the first inning, loading the bases on walks to Aiden Buchinsky and Brayden Jause and a single by Henry Semp. Hunter Nielsen then walked to force in a run. An inning later, Tay Morrison walked, stole second and third and came home on Buchinsky's base hit.
TH added two more in the third on singles by Semp and Nielsen and a two-run triple by Xavier Castle, then added two more in the fourth. Morrison walked, took second and third on wild pitches before stealing home. Super was hit by a pitch, stole second and scored on consecutive wild pitches.
TH's final run was scored in the fifth when Jesus Mercado walked and Morrison tripled.
Albany National plated its two runs in the final inning off reliever Brayden Jause as Matt McCaarthy and Isia Bickley walked and A.J. Dixon drilled a two-out double to center.
Morrison finished with a triple, single and an RBI for Taconic Hills. Henry Semp added three singles, Castle had a triple and two RBI, Buchinsky and Nielsen each had a single and an RBI and Jause singled.
Jause struck out three, walked two and allowed two runs in his one inning of relief.
McCarthy, Elijah Housel and Wescott all pitched for Albany National, allowing seven runs and nine hits with seven strikeouts and five walks.