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CBA beats Mother Nature, advancing to Class AA Section II baseball title

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Mother Nature derailed many High School sports' teams in the Capital District this spring.

Christian Brothers Academy was certainly one of them, with just one gym on campus.

"Despite the frustration of getting practice time, this group kept in good spirits," Assistant baseball coach Joe Catalano said. " The hardest thing about baseball in a gym is not being able to practice catching fly balls and pop-ups. But once we got a few scrimmages under our belt we were as ready for the season as we could be."

With many days that saw below freezing temperatures and a ground that stayed frozen the entire month of March, Section II officials scrambled to reschedule games, which meant more games in a week, in an effort to squeeze enough games in for Sectionals that began in mid May.

"By far this is the worst spring weather I have seen," said Christian Brothers Academy Athletic Director Blaine Drescher. "We made the most of our gym for all of our sports."

At a disadvantage from the start due to the lack of gym time, the Brothers faced teams that had many more practices.

But the Brothers didn't show any such thing capturing the Big 10 title, and advancing to take on top-seeded Shenendehowa for the Class AA Section II title on Friday night at Joe Bruno Stadium in Troy.

After beating Shaker in the quarterfinal, the Brothers defeated Columbia, in a victory they nearly gave away.

CBA took the lead 5-0, but four errors allowed the Blue Devils to tie the game 5-5 and 6-6.

In the bottom of the sixth, CBA senior Alex Koshgarian provided the winning margin with a two-run single scoring Chris O'Keefe and Zachary DeThomasis. Jordan Mitchell relieved Kevin Wilson and retired Columbia in order in the top of the seventh.

On Friday night the Brothers (16-6) are looking to avenge a 15-0 whipping by the Plainsmen on April 26. It was Shen that also knocked CBA out of sectional play last season.

"We lost to Shen in last years sectionals on a walk-off sacrifice fly and that is still fresh in our minds," said DeThomasis, who blasted a home run in the victory over Shaker. "We've put in a lot of hard work and effort into this season to make it this far. Our offense has really been successful in the past few games, but defense will ultimately win the ball game."

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