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Liverpool denied AA baseball title by Auburn

For Auburn baseball, the wait is finally over - and not even top seed Liverpool could deny that fact by the time the Section Class AA final was done.

The no.2 seed Maroons captured their first Section III Class AA title in 19 years on their third straight trip to the final with 7-2 win over the top-seeded Warriors Wednesday at Alliance Bank Stadium.

Senior Steve Komanecky silenced Liverpool's powerful lineup by tossing a two-hitter to end two years of frustration for the Maroons. In 2008, Auburn lost to Utica Proctor by a run and lost to Cicero-North Syracuse, 3-2, in last year's title game.

The 17th-ranked Maroons (16-5-1) advanced to the state regionals at 7 p.m. Monday and will play the Section II champion at Palmieri Baseball Complex at St. Rose College.

When Bobby Gage squeezed the final out in right field, gloves flew into the air as Auburn players rushed toward relief pitcher Andrew Sanders on the infield grass. Komanecky was one of the first out of the dugout to celebrate the school's first championship since 1991. It was Auburn's seventh sectional crown overall.

Komanecky (5-1) wasn't overpowering - he had five walks and only two strikeouts - but he was effective against the Warriors. He drew a standing ovation from Auburn fans when he left with one out in the seventh. Komanecky gave up both runs in the fifth but not before the Maroons spotted him a 7-0 lead to work with.

Auburn jumped on Liverpool starter Pat Brown and opened the game with three hits in the first inning for a 2-0 lead. Tim Locastro led off with a single and later scored on a one-out single to right by Komanecky, who finished with two hits. Timmy Smith added another run when he scored on a fielder's choice.

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