BINGHAMTON — Turning it on offensively and shutting down opponents on defense have been the watchwords of the Brocton baseball team all season.
It’s a season that was extended into the Class D championship game of the New York state tournament at 1 this afternoon following a 10-0 six-inning win over Lisbon at MacArthur Park’s Conlon Field on Friday afternoon.
Brocton (10-7) will face the winner of Whitehall (Section 2) and South Kortright (Section 4) game, which was scheduled to be played Friday night.
The Section 6 Bulldogs broke open a tight, 1-0 pitching duel between Brocton’s Ron Brown and the Knights’ Griffin Walker by bunching seven of their nine hits in a seven-run fifth inning and ending the game with two runs in the sixth inning to bring the 10-run rule into play.
Brown and catcher Jordan Krystofiak, who are both bound for SUNY Fredonia, keyed the Bulldogs’ signature victory.
Brown struck out seven in retiring the first 11 batters, and finished with nine overall, and was temporarily sidetracked by Lisbon’s only threat — picking a runner off third base after a bunt single by Jayden Williams, which followed singles from Issac LaRock and Austin Bleau.
Krystofiak, who will start on the mound in today’s state title game, drew a walk and scored on a single by Gabe Morello and a two-out error in the third. Krystofiak singled in two runs in the fifth, then doubled and scored the game-ending run in the sixth inning on the third of Lisbon’s three errors.
“We always seem to start slow, but we have been able to turn it on all season. And when we turn it on, we really turn it on,” Brocton coach Rob Fetterick said afterward in which eight of his starters recorded base hits.
“We have four great seniors on this team, and Brown and Krystofiak are both very good pitchers and hit the ball well,” the Brocton coach added.
Riley Rivera and Nick Butler both singled in two runs in the fifth, an inning that saw Brown and Darien Brooks connected for RBI singles.
“We didn’t really know a lot about them (Lisbon). I just worked hard at throwing strikes and getting ahead the batters,” Brown said. “We did a good job adjusting to their pitcher to get the hits in the big inning.”
“We had a really good season to get this far with such a young team, but today, we just had too many mistakes,” said Lisbon coach Dave Gravlin, whose squad finished the season at 13-4.
“Brocton is an outstanding team and played a great game.”
Ben LaRock singled with two outs in the fourth inning for Lisbon.
“For Lisbon to get this far with all their freshmen was a phenomenal,” Fetterick said. “They deserve at lot credit, and their coaches did a great job.”