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Five Key Points about the Section 2 Baseball Championship


Get ready for some thrilling baseball action as the Section ⁤2 baseball tournament brackets have been ⁤released. Teams from all over the region are ⁢gearing up ⁢to extend ​their seasons and battle​ it out on the⁣ field.

Here are five key points to ‍keep in mind⁢ as we​ head into the playoffs.


Two years ago, Section ​2 introduced a best-of-three playoff series to crown its Class AA‍ champion.‌ This year, with the addition of a sixth classification by NYSPHSAA, Section 2 has expanded this best-of-three format.

In Class AAA, the largest school division, both the semifinal and ⁤championship⁣ rounds will be⁤ a‍ best-of-three series. In⁤ Class AA, only the championship round will ​follow this format. All other classifications, from A to D, will stick to a ⁤single ⁢game format.

The Class AAA bracket includes five teams. Colonie will host CBA in a play-in game on Wednesday. The victor will then face No. 1 Shenendehowa, the defending⁣ champion, in a semifinal series.

On the‍ other side of the‍ bracket, No. 2 Saratoga Springs will compete against No. 3 ⁢Shaker in a best-of-three series.

For the semifinal rounds, teams will alternate home games. ⁣The higher seed will host ⁣Game 1 and, if necessary, ⁣Game 3, while the lower seed will host Game 2.

All championship series games will be held at the Joseph L. Bruno Stadium.


Over the past‍ few years, ​Niskayuna has⁣ been on the brink of ⁣making ⁣a significant run in the Section 2 tournament.

This ⁤year, the Silver Warriors‍ have secured the top seed‌ in Class AA after‍ an impressive 15-4 overall record. Niskayuna will wait​ for the winner of a first-round game between Averill Park and Troy, as it has a bye to the quarterfinals.

Bethlehem secured ‍the No. 2 seed in Class AA, while Ballston Spa took ⁢No. 3‌ and South Glens Falls earned‍ No.​ 4, in⁣ the 12-team field.

The Class AA semifinals ​and championship series are all‌ set ​to be played at Joseph L. Bruno Stadium.


Chatham has​ secured the top ‌seed in Class C, which may have ignited a competitive spark in Saratoga Catholic.

Chatham, the defending ⁣NYSPHSAA Class‍ C champions, posted‍ a 16-4 overall record and went undefeated in the Patroon Conference. However, one of their four losses was against Saratoga ⁢Catholic, which had an 18-2 overall record​ and 12-2 in the Wasaren League.

The Saints defeated the Panthers 11-8 in ‌a non-league matchup on May 2,‍ and it’s highly likely we’ll see these two‍ teams face off ⁤again at ‘The ⁣Joe’, for the ⁢right to advance to ⁣states.


It’s quite unusual for a team to go ⁢undefeated during the ‍regular season and not secure the top seed in the section tournament.

However, ⁢that’s exactly what happened to Mechanicville this ⁣season. Despite a ⁢16-0​ overall record and 14-0 in the Wasaren League, they received the No. 2 ‌seed in Section 2’s Class B bracket.

Schuylerville, ‍with a ​16-4 overall record and⁤ 10-3 in the Foothills ⁢Council, clinched the top seed.

Throughout the season, Mechanicville scored a whopping 202 runs, while allowing just 70.

A potential showdown between Mechanicville ‍and⁤ Schuylerville is brewing as we approach‍ the games at ‘The Joe.’


Most of Broadalbin-Perth’s current players were ​too young to be ‌a part‍ of the⁤ Patriots’ ‍dramatic run to​ the Section 2 title in 2021. However, they’ve been chasing that feeling ever since.

Broadalbin-Perth is in a strong position to reclaim the top spot, ​as it secured the No. 2 ⁣seed in the Class A bracket, after ​posting a 10-7 overall record⁤ and 10-3 ⁣in the Foothills ‌Council.

The‍ Patriots⁤ were only bested⁣ by La ⁣Salle, which posted​ a 14-3 overall⁣ record and 12-1 ⁢in the‍ Colonial ⁣Council, to secure⁣ the top seed.

Cohoes took the ⁤No. 3 seed⁢ in ⁢the⁤ bracket, while Ichabod ⁣Crane was No. 4, out of the 12-team field.




CLASS C — Berlin/New ⁣Lebanon at Hoosic Valley, 4.


CLASS AAA — ‌CBA ⁢at Colonie, ‍4:15.

CLASS AA ‍— Troy at Averill Park, 4; Mohonasen at Queensbury, 4; Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake ‍at Amsterdam, 4; Guilderland at Columbia, 4.



CLASS A — Glens Falls at ‌Schalmont, 4; Hudson Falls at Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk, 4; Gloversville at‍ Scotia-Glenville, 4; Lansingburgh at Albany Academy, 4.

CLASS B — Notre Dame-Bishop‍ Gibbons at Schuylerville,‍ 4; Hudson at Catskill, ⁣4; Corinth at Coxsackie-Athens, 4; Voorheesville at ⁢Mechanicville, 4; Cairo-Durham at Granville, 4; Cobleskill-Richmondville at Taconic Hills, 4; Salem-Cambridge at Johnstown, 4; Stillwater at Fonda-Fultonville,‌ 5.

CLASS C — Berlin or Hoosic Valley at Chatham, ‍4; Waterford-Halfmoon at Middleburgh, 4; Mayfield at ‌Duanesburg,‌ 4; Greenwich at Galway, 4; Lake George at Canajoharie,‍ 4; Schoharie at Hoosick Falls, 4; Berne-Knox-Westerlo at​ Maple Hill, 5; Whitehall at Saratoga Catholic, 7.

CLASS ‌D — Doane/Loudonville at Loudonville, ⁣4.



CLASS AAA — CBA/Colonie at Shenendehowa, 4; Shaker at Saratoga Springs,‌ 4.



CLASS AAA — Shenendehowa ⁢at ⁢CBA/Colonie, 1; Saratoga Springs⁣ at Shaker, 1.


CLASS A — ​Schalmont/Glens Falls winner at La Salle, 1; Ravena/Hudson Falls winner at Ichabod Crane, 1; Scotia-Glenville/Gloversville winner at ​Broadalbin-Perth, 1; Albany Academy/Lansingburgh winner at Cohoes,⁢ 1.

CLASS​ B — at higher seeds, 1

CLASS C — at higher seeds, 1


CLASS D — Germantown/Doane winner at Warrensburg, ⁣1; Mekeel Christian Academy at ‍North Warren, 1; Argyke at Hadley Luzerne, 1; Fort⁢ Ann ​at Hartford/Fort Edward, 1.



(if‌ necessary)

CLASS AAA — CBA/Colonie at⁤ Shenendehowa, 4; Shaker at Saratoga Springs, 4.


CLASS A — at⁣ Dutchman Park, 4 and 7.

CLASS B — at⁤ Shuttleworth⁢ Park, 4 and 7.

CLASS C — at Gloversville Husky Field, 4 and 7.

CLASS D ⁣— at Lansingburgh, 4 and 7.

MAY 23, 24, 26



at Joseph L. Bruno Stadium

CLASS AAA — Game 1, 7; Game 2, 7; Game 3 (if necessary), 7.

CLASS AA — Game 1, 4;⁤ Game⁣ 2, ‍4; Game 3 (if necessary), 4.

MAY 25

CLASS‍ C⁣ — at Joseph L. Bruno ⁣Stadium, 7.

CLASS D — at Joseph L. Bruno Stadium, 7.

Jack Sullivan
Jack Sullivan
Jack Sullivan, an informed and passionate sports reporter, is a former college athlete with a degree in Sports Communication from Ithaca College. Go Bombers!
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