Brocton advanced to its first NYSPHSAA Class D baseball championship in program history with a dominant 10-0 victory over Section X’s Lisbon Central on Friday at MacArthur Park-Conlon Field in Binghamton.
The Bulldogs will play Section II’s Whitehall at 1 p.m. today at Union Endicott High School with the state title on the line. A Section VI team hasn’t hoisted the Class D championship since Pine Valley won in 2007.
Brocton had nursed a 1-0 lead headed into the fifth inning, when the bats began to heat up. Senior Darien Booker opened the inning with a single to center field and advanced to third on a bunt single from Jordan Krystofiak.
Both would score as the Bulldogs (11-7) racked up seven runs, two of which came home on a single from Riley Rivera.
Ronald Brown, who plans to play at SUNY Fredonia in the fall, threw a complete game and shut out the Golden Knights. “He was dominant,” said fifth-year Brocton coach Robert Fetterick. “He controlled the whole game.”
Whitehall (16-2) is the top-ranked Class D team in the most-recent NYS Sportswriters Association rankings. The Railroaders beat Section IV’s South Kortright, 5-0, on Friday in the semifinal. They haven’t won a state title since 1984.
It will be a challenge for Brocton, but Fetterick and his team are looking forward to the spotlight.
“It’s great for the kids, their hard work is paying off,” he said. “We are going to go in and play our type of game and stay confident.”