2009 Section X Class D Champions!

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Bottom Row left to right: Everett Dowling, Broc McCargar, Ryan Leroux, Justin Lashua, Kyle Blackmer, Casey Forkey, Kenny Dolan, Billy Laplante, Coach Bob Lachut. Top Row left to right: Rob Cushing, Gordon Whitney, Robert White, Cole Tristram, Drew Gearsbeck, Bookkeeper Emily Lachut, Wyatt Shaul.


Hermon-DeKalb threatened with two runners and one out in the first inning, but White got a strike out and ground out to survive unscathed. The first seven Eagles batters all reached base in the bottom of the first, with Gordon Whitney dropping the first pitch for a bunt single and advancing to second on a throwing error. Ken Dolan walked and stole second, before Casey Forkey lashed a two-run single. The usually sure-handed Demons allowed two more runs with three more errors on seemingly routine defensive plays. H-D pitcher Kory Besaw settled in to shut off the Eagles for the rest of the inning and allowed just one run the rest of the way. But the damage had been done. White allowed no hits through five innings, before the Demons nicked him for a run in the sixth and two more on Logan Allen’s second single of the game in the seventh. The Demons actually got the potential tying run to the plate in the seventh, but third baseman Andrew Gearsbeck secured a pop-up just into foul territory to seal the championship. Wyatt Shaul led the Eagles with two doubles. Clifton-Fine, which improved to 14-3 overall, draws a first-round bye in the New York State Class D playoffs. They will travel to play in the state quarterfinals on Tuesday against the winner of the Section II-VII matchup to be played on Monday.

By Bob LaRue, North Country Sportsnet




The Eagles went on to play Section II Schenectady Christian in the second round of the State Tournament but fell 18-2, finishing a marvelous season with a 14-4 overall record. This was a season that will never be forgotten.


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Seniors (Left): Kelly Smith, Ken Hitchman, Jason Hanley. Team Photo Front Row: Jeremy Thompson, Jason Hanley, Shannon Adams, Bobby Tebo, Rick Rusaw, Justin Thompson. Back Row: Coach Jeff Griffin, Kelley Smith, Jason Stevens, Lorris Smith, Dave Meek, Ken Hitchman, Mike Adams, J.J. Rice, Ian Brown, Mike Booth, Joe Williams.



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Clifton Fine vs. Harrisville May 14, 1948 Clifton Fine 17, Harrisville 0.

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