WARRIORS SECTION IV CHAMPS!

*CHENANGO VALLEY BASEBALL – 2008 SECTION IV CLASS B CHAMPIONS*

CV celebrates by showering head coach Dave Tidick. | Photo by Collin Herko

Chenango Valley Warriors: 10
Lansing Bobcats: 4

It was quite a long season to get to this. In addition to being the #1 team in the state in the latest New York State Sportswriters Association rankings, the Chenango Valley Warriors varsity baseball team won the Section IV Class B final over Lansing 10-4, avenging last year’s loss in the finals to the same team 13-6.

Leading the Warriors was senior Dan Pendleton (a.k.a. “The Ronan Cannon”), who pitched six innings, striking out seven, giving up only one hit and one earned run. It was a stellar performance on the mound from one of CV’s ace pitchers.

As always, the bats in the CV dugout put in some hard work as seniors Derek Ferry and Derek Stupski, along with junior catcher Brian Stinson had two-RBI nights and combined to score four of CV’s ten runs. Ferry opened the door in the first inning with a two-out, RBI-double to make it 4-0 after a Stinson double and a Pendleton sacrifice fly plated one each. Ferry again sparked offense for CV in the third, drawing a walk with two outs. After a Vince Palmieri single, designated hitter Kyle Christoffersen blasted a double down the left field line to score Ferry and set up what would be a four run inning for CV. Lead off man Mike Biviano then walked, followed by a pitch that clipped Eric Bidwell’s helmet to load the bases when Stupski hit an RBI-single through the left side of the infield. Stupski would come through again in the fifth, hitting (more like pounding) an RBI-triple that missed HR territory by a few feet, and later scoring on a sacrifice fly from Pendleton. Expect Chenango Valley to continue this offensive strength as they move into the state playoffs next week.

Chenango Valley is now 22-1, their only loss coming against AA Horseheads in the STAC semi-finals. On Monday, they will face the Christian Brothers Academy, the Section III winner in Syracuse.

GO WARRIORS

CV rallies, heads to semis

From the Press and Sun-Bulletin:

Top-seeded Chenango Valley came from behind twice in a 7-6 victory Saturday over visiting Chenango Forks in the quarterfinal round of Section 4 Class B baseball playoffs.

Dan Pendleton pitched four innings in relief, allowing two hits and striking out seven for the 20-1 Warriors, who’ll be back home for a semifinal at 4:30 Tuesday against Unatego. The other semi will pit Lansing against Trumansburg.

CV answered Forks’ first-inning run with two of its own and, after the Blue Devils made it 4-2 in the third, the Warriors responded with five in their half– during which Brian Stinson hit a two-run home run and Mike Biviano tripled.

D.J. Smith’s two-run homer in the seventh drew the guests within 7-6, and they went on to position runners on first and second with one out. But Pendleton retired the next two batters on a strikeout and pop-up, respectively.

Leadoff batter Biviano was 3-for-4 for CV, which has played three consecutive one-run games. Chris Ballard 2-for-4 with an RBI for Forks.