Taylor Vogel turned in a clutch relief pitching performance, and Hamburg Post 527 survived an elimination game on Monday in the New York State American Legion Baseball playoffs at Murnane Field in Utica.
Hamburg never trailed in defeating local favorite Smith Post 24 of nearby Rome, 7-3, to move on to an elimination game at 11 a.m. on Tuesday against Saugerties.
With his team holding a narrow 4-3 lead in the top of the sixth, Vogel, a recent St. Francis graduate, got the last two outs in a bases-loaded situation.
Then he struck out the Nos. 3-4-5 batters in the Rome order after a leadoff single to close it out.
Vogel took over for starter Connor Desiderio (Maryvale) with one out and runners at second and third in the sixth. An error put another runner on base before Vogel got the last two outs.
Hamburg took advantage of miscues by Rome to take a 3-0 lead in the first inning. An error, walk and hit batter filled the bases before Thomas Furmanski (Albion) drove in two runs with a single. Jordan Prince (Orchard Park) singled for another run.
Coach Marty Szymanski’s Hamburg team made it 4-1 in the fourth when Nate Lockwood (Lake Shore) singled and scored on a single by Joe Rowand (Orchard Park).
Three Lake Shore players had a hand in Hamburg’s three-run sixth inning. Singles by Lockwood and Spencer Kwilos were followed by a triple by Zach Evans for the first two runs. Evans scored on an error on a ball hit to the right side by Ryan Smith (Maryvale).
Pittsford stayed alive with a 7-1 win over Maine-Endwell in Monday’s first game. Defending champion Rockland County defeated Saugerties, 7-1, in Monday’s third game.
Rockland County (3-0) will face Pittsford (2-1) at 1 p.m. on Tuesday.