A glance at this weekend’s Final Four teams

It’ll be a big weekend for three local teams competing in state Final Four play. Here’s a look at what to expect.

We’ll have plenty of coverage all this week, so check back soon for more.

Wallkill catcher John ZInko calls for time after doubling during the Section 9 Class A championship game at Cantine Field in Saugerites on May 28, 2016. (WILL MONTGOMERY/TIMES HERALD-RECORD)

Baseball
State Class A semifinals at Union-Endicott High School

Wantagh (24-5, Section 8 ) vs. Queensbury (25-0, Section 2), 10 a.m.

Wallkill (12-10) vs. Williamsville East (21-6, Section 6), 1 p.m.

Championship game: Semifinal winners, 4 p.m.

About Wallkill: The Panthers’ incredible postseason run continues thanks in large part to senior pitcher Anthony Pacifico. Pacifico pitched nine innings of three-hit ball in the Section 9 championship game win and he followed that with a three-hitter in a 3-1 state quarterfinal win over John Jay-Cross River on Saturday.

About Williamsville East: The Flames are heating up at the right time, riding a seven-game winning streak into the Final Four. Williamsville East defeated Section 5 champion Aquinas Institute, 9-4, in a state quarterfinal on Saturday. New York State Hall of Fame head coach Jerry Gasz, who has led the team for 47 seasons, is the only head coach in program history.

About Wantagh: Senior right-hander Bobby Hegarty is a model of efficiency on the mound. He threw first-pitch strikes to 19 of the 23 batters he faced, walking none, in a one-hitter for Wantagh in its 3-1 win over Mount Sanai in the Long Island championship game on Saturday. He had pitched two earlier postseason one-hitters in the Section 8 playoffs.

About Queensbury: Queensbury ended last season as the state runner-up in Class A and the Spartans have been motivated ever since. Queensbury carries an undefeated record into its second straight trip to the Final Four, a resume that includes wins over Class AA powers Saratoga Springs and Shenendehowa and a plus-27 run differential in a pair of state playoff wins last week.

Marlboro senior pitcher Nick Mongelli, right, gets a postgame high-five from catcher Cole Nicolis, left, during a state Class B opening round game against Keio Academy at Cantine Field in Saugerties on June 2, 2016. (WILL MONTGOMERY/TIMES HERALD-RECORD)

State Class B semifinals at Maine-Endwell High School

Marlboro (20-2) vs. Solvay (22-2, Section 3), 10 a.m.

Schalmont (19-7, Section 2) vs. Fredonia (17-6, Section 6), 1 p.m.

Championship game: Semifinal winners, 4 p.m.

About Marlboro: The Dukes got two big pitching performances from senior lefties last week to advance to the final four. Nick Mongelli threw a two-hitter in a 5-2 win over Section 1’s Keio Academy on Thursday and Jack Rusk pitched a five-hitter in a 5-0 win over Section 11’s Wheatley on Saturday. Mongelli had a two-run triple to power the offense in the state quarterfinal win.

About Solvay: Not only is Section 3’s Solvay playing in the Final Four for the first time in program history, the team won its first section title this season. Junior pitcher Jake Dippold no-hit rival Westhill during the regular season and allowed one run on two hits over 6 2/3 innings against Westhill in a Section 3 title game rematch. Dippold allowed one hit over 6 1/3 innings in a state quarterfinal win over Binghamton’s Seton Catholic on Saturday.

About Schalmont: Chris Hamilton set a single-season state record with 66 goals scored for Schalmont’s soccer team this past fall and he put up another big number last week. Schalmont leaned on Hamilton for 138 pitches in a 5-2 win over Plattsburgh in an opening round win on Thursday. The Sabres beat Ogdensburg 9-0 in a quarterfinal on Saturday to advance to the Final Four. Schalmont won a Class B state title in 2014.

About Fredonia: Fredonia has a funny mascot – its teams are the Hillbillies – but the school has a serious baseball team. Senior Jared Burmaster struck out 10 on three hits in a 1-0 win over No. 1-ranked Livonia, a team that finished 23-2, in a state quarterfinal on Saturday. Fredonia has reached at least the state quarterfinal round in four of the last five seasons and won a state title in 2013.

Marlboro's Cassie Lapointe runs to 2nd base at a Marlboro vs Pawling softball game in Thiells, NY on June 2, 2016. (Allyse Pulliam photo/for the Times Herald-Record)

Softball
State Class B semifinals at Moreau Recreational Park

Marlboro (20-3) vs. Ichabod Crane (24-2, Section 2), 11:30 a.m.

Depew (20-4, Section 6) vs. Windsor (16-7, Section 4), 11 :30 a.m.

Championship game: Semifinal winners, 4 p.m.

About Marlboro: The Dukes won a wild one, beating Section 8’s Center Moriches 15-8 in a state quarterfinal to reach the Final Four for a second consecutive season. Marlboro had 20 hits in that game, including four home runs. Runs could be plentiful in Marlboro’s state semifinal game as its opponent, Section 2’s Ichabod Crane, has scored 26 runs in its two state playoff contests so far.

About Ichabod Crane: Sophomore pitcher Calista Phippen threw a no-hitter in the state semifinals and carried a shutout into the seventh inning in the state championship game to lead Ichabod Crane to a state Class B title as a freshman. Phippen is back and she struck out 15 in a three-hitter in a 16-0 state quarterfinal win over Saranac on Saturday. She has struck out 330 hitters in 172 innings this spring.

About Depew: Despite its strong 20-4 record, Depew has made a bit of an improbable run to its first Final Four. In the Section 6 final, Depew rallied from a five-run deficit to win 7-6 in eight innings. Depew used a seven-run third inning to coast to an 11-0 win over Bath-Haverling in a state quarterfinal on Saturday.

About Windsor: Winners of six consecutive Section 4 titles, Windsor heads to the Final Four for the first time since 2013, when it won a state title. Mara Kohlback pitched a two-hitter in a 5-0 win over Almar-Parish-Williamstown in a state quarterfinal on Friday.

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