By far, the Baldwinsville baseball team’s s most important wins of the regular season turned out to be the last two, a 4-1 decision over Fayetteville-Manlius on May 24 and a 4-0 shutout of Cicero-North Syracuse a day later.Had it lost either of those games, the Bees would have surrendered the top seed in the Section III Class AA playoffs to West Genesee and had to play an extra round in the sectional tournament.Instead, B’ville first got past F-M by getting two runs in the third inning to break a long scoring drought and then adding two more runs in the sixth for much-needed insurance. Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Matt Starczewski was masterful, holding the Hornets to two hits and striking out seven. Nate Ray earned a pair of RBIs, with Bo Nicholson and Pat May also driving in runs as Nicholson had two hits and scored twice.Even with this, B’ville still needed to avenge its two previous defeats to C-NS in order to secure that top seed, and sent Chris AuClair to the mound to start.AuClair now threw his own complete-game two-hit, seven-strikeout gem, as B’ville scored in the second inning, added two runs in the third and a run in the fifth. Jason Savacool starred at the plate, belting out a pair of hits, scoring once and driving in two runs. Pat May, Lucas Robinson and Jake Marshall also scored runs.The win knocked West Genesee down to the no. 2 seed – and F-M eliminated them, 3-1, in a 10-inning quarterfinal last Tuesday at Wells College, following that up with a 5-0 shutout of no. 3 seed Cicero-North Syracuse in the semifinals.Only then did B’ville enter the playoff fray, taking the field at Auburn’s Falcon Park late Thursday night to face no. 4 seed Liverpool in the other semifinal, a game that started late due to a rain delay in the first semifinal and only ended after 11:30.None of this bothered the Bees too much as it bashed the Warriors 11-4, a far more impressive all-around effort than the two-regular season wins it had over Liverpool.Two big rallies made the difference. In the bottom of the first inning, each of the first six B’ville batters reached base, knocking out Liverpool starting pitcher Jake Wheeler and leading to four runs, three of them dashing home on Jeb Farneth’s bases-clearing triple following Nate Ray’s RBI single.Even more damaging was what happened in the bottom of the third after Liverpool cut the lead to 4-3. With two outs and nobody on, the Bees suddenly erupted for five runs.A walk to Pat Anson started it. Mike Carni doubled him home, and May followed with an RBI single before Savacool drilled a two-run double and then raced home on Ray’s single.All of this was enough run support for Marshall, who, other than the third inning, kept working out of trouble in his five-inning stint before AuClair went the rest of the way in relief.Most importantly, B’ville didn’t need to use Savacool, saving his arm for the sectional final against F-M Sunday night at Onondaga Community College, with the Hornets attempting to complete an unlikely sweep of the top three seeds with Tom Coleman on the mound. Tags: BaldwinsvilleBaseball
However, the Premier League is the one they really have in their sights as they seek a first English title since 1990.– Leicester beaten –As well as the trophies in 2019, Klopp’s team have not lost a league game since their very first outing of the year, at Manchester City. They have won 25 and drawn one of their last 26 in the Premier League.There was more good news for them on Saturday as nearest rivals Leicester City lost 3-1 at Manchester City, leaving Liverpool 10 points clear at the top with a game in hand.Klopp’s squad have little time for celebrations, however, as they return to England to prepare to visit Leicester on Thursday.But while a week in Qatar might have seemed like an unwanted distraction for some in a busy schedule, Klopp was keen to point out that his team have still played the same number of games as their challengers.“If we hadn’t played here tonight we would have played at West Ham, so the same number of games, the same situation, and the difference is the climate, even if it was not as warm as probably Europeans would have expected at the moment,” said the German.“It is still something we have to adapt to. But that is the only thing that is special, so it’s all good, and we need to make sure that we come home safely, and recover in the plane already, and then prepare the Leicester game.”With several players already out, however, the downside was seeing Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain go off hurt in the second half against Flamengo, and the midfielder may be set for another spell on the sidelines.“When he was landing he got a kick and rolled over. It is far away from being perfect, but we will see if the ligament is only stretched, or ruptured partly,” Klopp said.“It’s a big shadow again but that’s how it is in contact sport.”Share on: WhatsApp Doha, Qatar | AFP | Liverpool have made winning trophies a habit in 2019 and Jurgen Klopp’s side return to England and to their push for the Premier League title galvanised after being crowned world champions in Qatar on Saturday.It is an honour the Anfield side had never before claimed but which is now theirs after Roberto Firmino’s extra-time goal secured a 1-0 victory over Flamengo in a hard-fought Club World Cup final in Doha.The latest piece of silverware is Liverpool’s third in little over six months, after they won the Champions League in June and began this season by winning the UEFA Supercup on penalties against Chelsea.“The year 2019 for the club has been outstanding,” said defender Virgil van Dijk.“But we shouldn’t be satisfied with it. We should keep going, keep striving for more, and keep wanting more trophies.”Van Dijk returned against Flamengo after illness kept him out of the 2-1 semi-final victory against Monterrey and that determination to be back playing summed up Liverpool’s attitude towards the competition.The Club World Cup is not held in the highest regard in Europe, coming in the middle of a busy club season.That is in contrast to South America, with Flamengo’s huge support in Doha showing just how much Saturday’s game meant to them.“It might have been different had we got beat, then maybe some people would have said we were wasting our time or whatever,” acknowledged Andy Robertson.“But for us even if we did lose it was all worthwhile because we had a chance to win a trophy that the club had never won before.”He added that “2019 has been incredible, we have won three trophies and hopefully in 2020 there is a couple more for us.”Liverpool will continue their defence of the Champions League with a last-16 tie against Atletico Madrid in February, and host local rivals Everton in the FA Cup third round on January 5.
Authorities in Chisago County, Minnesota are reporting that they have reunited a curious 2-year-old boy with his family after the child snuck out of his house and drove his battery powered tractor all the way to a county fair.The incident occurred on Thursday around 6:51 pm.The Chisago County Sheriff’s Office the child, who lives close to the fairgrounds saw the rides from his home and decided to hop onto his battery powered John Deere tracker and drive down a sidewalk to get a closer look without first notifying his parents.The parents then contacted authorities to report their child missing. Thankfully within moments a state representative at the fair noticed the child next to a ride and reported it back to the sheriff’s office. The child was then returned to his father.After being reunited, the father “promptly suspended his son’s license by removing the battery from” the toy truck.