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Schalmont baseball looking to win another state title

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CLIFTON PARK--Between baseball and softball, ten Section II champions qualified to regionals, all with a chance to advance on to the state semi-finals.

And remarkably, nine out of the ten did exactly that this weekend, with Schalmont making it look easy.

The 2014 state champs rolled into this year's Class B state semis with a 9-0 win over Ogdensburg Free Academy.

Remember, just a couple weeks ago, Schalmont was the 6th seed in sectionals, and a long shot to get out of the area.

But, led by the arm and bat, of Stony Brook bound Chris Hamilton, the Sabres won sectionals then the B-BB playoff, then regionals.

Now, they're just two wins away from a second state title in three years.

"At the beginning of the season, we really weren't playing like we could play sectional ball, but we really came together at the right time, and it's a great feeling just like 2014, really working hard and getting back to the state final four is really a rewarding feeling," said Hamilton.

"We're just trying to keep it light and enjoy the game. I know for some of us, it's the last time we'll ever play it, like myself included, so we're just trying to soak it in as much as we can, and just really enjoy the game as much as there is to enjoy," said Tony Silvestri.

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The baseball state-semi's and finals are in the Binghamton area Saturday.

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