Marlboro blanks Solvay in semis, moves on to B state final

Marlboro senior Nick Mongelli throws a pitch during a 1-0 state Class B semifinal win over Solvay at Maine-Endwell on June 11, 2016. (WILL MONTGOMERY/TIMES HERALD-RECORD)

ENDWELL — Nick Mongelli pitched another gem.

Mongelli held Section 3 champion Solvay to five hits over seven scoreless innings, leading Marlboro to a 1-0 victory in a state Class B semifinal at Maine-Endwell High School.

As big a role as Marlboro’s senior left-handed ace Mongelli played, Marlboro’s role players also came up big in the win.

No. 9 hitter Robert Parra, a senior outfielder, was hit by a pitch with two out in the top of the fifth inning. He moved to second base on a wild pitch and scored the game’s only run on a single by senior shortstop John Mooradian.

In the bottom of the fifth, junior right fielder Justin Conte came up throwing – senior first baseman Jack Rusk made the cutoff and relay throw – to nail Solvay’s John Chrysler at the plate for the final out of the inning.

“It was great. Everybody did their job today,” Mongelli said. “Justin came up with a good throw and Jack made a good relay and we tagged the guy out at home to keep it at 1-0. Robert got hit by a pitch and Johnny got a base hit. Everybody did their job today and that fired me up on the mound and got me pumped. That fuels my fire a little bit to throw strikes and get the next guy and help my team as best as I can.”

Marlboro senior catcher Cole Nicolis (10) tags out Solvay’s John Chrysler in a play at the plate in the fifth inning during a state Class B semifinal at Maine-Endwell on June 11, 2016. (WILL MONTGOMERY/TIMES HERALD-RECORD)

Jake Dippold pitched a four-hitter with four walks for Solvay (22-3). Dippold did not strike out a Marlboro batter.
Solvay put runners on third and second following a single by Dippold and a double by Sammy Kippen in the first inning. Mongelli used a popup to second base and a line drive to first to get out of that jam.

Mongelli picked off a pair of runners at first base in the fourth inning, with Rusk throwing to Mooradian for the tag on one of those pickoffs. Solvay had two-out singles in the sixth and seventh innings but could not score. Mongelli improved to 13-0 this season.

Sam Mongelli, Xavier Oliver and Cole Nicolis had one hit apiece for Marlboro (21-2), which plays the winner of a 1 p.m. semifinal between Fredonia (17-6, Section 6) and Schalmont (19-7, Section 2) in the state championship game at 4 p.m. at Maine-Endwell.

“Justin had a big throw and Nick just pitched a great game,” Mooradian said. “He kept guys off-balance and struck a lot of guys out. I was just grateful to get the hit. Rob got on and I just got a pitch. Nick pitched a great game and we played solid defense behind him.”

Marlboro senior shortstop John Mooradian (left) tags out Solvay pinch-runner Jordan Goldman (24) on a pickoff play in the fourth inning during a state Class B semifinal at Maine-Endwell on June 11, 2016. (WILL MONTGOMERY/TIMES HERALD-RECORD)

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