CLAVERACK — The Taconic Hills Little League 10-12 All-Stars advanced to the Section 2 South AAA championship series with a 16-1 victory over Rensselaer on Thursday at Claverack Town Park.
The game was stopped after three innings because of the 15-run rule.
Taconic Hills finished pool play with a perfect 5-0 record. Game 1 of the championship series against Troy or Coxsackie-Athens is slated for Monday at 5:45 p.m. at Claverack Town Park.
Tristan Super and Henry Semp both had big games against Rensselaer. Super went 3 for 4 with two doubles and six RBI, while Semp went 3 for 4 with a triple, double and four RBI.
Jesus Mercado added two single and an RBI to Taconic Hills’ attack. Aidan Buchinsky, Jackson Arp and Otto Semp each had two singles and Hunter Nielsen, Brayden Jause and Spencer Harrington all singled.
Henry Semp pitched all three innings to earn the win, striking out four and allowing one run and four hits.
On Tuesday, Taconic Hills blanked Coxsackie-Athens, 3-0, behind a strong performance on the mound and at the plate by Brayden Jause.
Jause blasted a solo home run and pitched 5 2/3 innings of shutout ball with 14 strikeouts. Tristan Super pitched 1/3 of an inning, striking out the only batter he faced.
Henry Semp added a triple and single with an RBI to Taconic Hills’ cause. Hunter Nielsen doubled and drove in a run, and Super and Jesus Mercado singled.
Taconic Hills opened play in the AAA Tournament on July 7 with a 13-0 victory over Troy in a game that was stopped after four innings because of the mercy rule.
Henry Semp, Otto Semp and Hunter Nielsen all had three singles. Brayden Jause added a double and single and Nick Baird, Jackson Arp, Aidan Buchinsky, Rex Gilbert and Jesus Mercado all singled.
Jause went the distance for the win, allowing just two hits with 10 strikeouts.
On July 13, Taconic Hills blanked Albany American, 13-0, in another game stopped after four innings because of the mercy rule.
Aidan Buchinsky threw a no-hitter, striking out nine.
Ott Semp had two singles for TH. Spencer Harrington tripled, Henry Semp doubled and Jesus Mercado, Rex Gilbert, Nick Baird, Hunter Nielsen and Aidan Buchinsky all singled.
Taconic Hills topped Catskill, 14-1, on July 15 in a game stopped in the fourth inning because of the mercy rule.
Brayden Jause ripped a double and single. Hunter Nielsen doubled, Aidan Buchinsky and Jesus Mercado both had two singles and Otto Semp and Spencer Harrington each had a single.
Nielsen was the winning pitcher, allowing two hits and one run with seven strikeouts.
Berkshire 15U 3,
Blackhawks 14U 1
The ENY Blackhawks 14U were limited to two hits in a 3-1 loss to the Berkshire Americans 15U on Thursday.
The game was tied 1-1 after seven, but Berkshire plated two in top of the eighth, then held the Blackhawks scoreless in the bottom half of the frame to earn the victory.
Tyler Peck doubled for and drove in a run for the Blackhawks. Jacob Macfarlane contributed a single.
Dom Pelizza pitched five innings for the Blackhawks, striking out seven, walking seven and allowing one run and one hit. Sam Buquet threw three innings, striking out one, walking three and surrendering two runs and one hit.
All-Stars Academy 1,
Outlaws 15U 0
Lucas Rolleston’s second-inning sacrifice fly scored the game’s only run as All-Stars Academy Platinum defeated the Greene County Outlaws 15U, 1-0, in Thursday’s travel baseball game at McQuade Park.
All-Stars Academy managed just one hit off of Outlaws’ pitcher Brodie Montgomery, a second-inning single by Brody Staff. Montgomery finished with five strikeouts and three walks.
The Outlaws had just two hits, a double by Marion Kohler and a single by Nate Shook-Timot.
Lady Reds 4
Guilderland jumped out to a 12-0 lead and went on to defeat the Chatham Lady Reds Rage 16U, 13-4, in Thursday’s travel softball game.
Addi Perry had a triple, two singles and three RBI for the Lady Reds. Aliyah Camacho and Courtney Danforth added two singles each and Anna Friedman singled and drove in a run.
Lily Kritzman (3k,3bb,12r,15h) pitched 3 1/3 innings and Friedman (1k,1r,3h) threw 1 2/3 innings for Chatham.