Baldwinsville’s baseball team celebrates with the state Class AA championship trophy after the Bees defeated Clarence, 4-1, in last Saturday’s state final at SUNY-Binghamton. It is the first state championship won by any male sports team at the school.
Scott Blewett and Pat Merryweather, with plenty of help from the guys around him, helped bring the Baldwinsville baseball team to a place it has never gone before - the state Class AA championship.
Blewett tossed a three-hit shutout in the semifinal game at SUNY-Binghamton, a 2-0 victory over Ward Melville, and Merryweather's complete-game gem delivered the Bees past Clarence 4-1 in the championship game a few hours later on that same Binghamton diamond.
Not only was it B'ville's first baseball state title, it was the first for any male team at the school. Girls lacrosse, soccer and volleyball teams have all gained the big prize in the last 15 years.
The entire B'ville season was geared toward this single day, with the thought that its two aces could both deliver in a high-pressure situation, and with their combined 14 innings of work, Blewett and Merryweather lived up to everyone's high expectations.
The pair had essentially split duties in the AA regional final earlier in the week, a 4-0 victory over Shenendehowa where Merryweather started and threw four innings before Blewett went the last three innings in relief. Thus, both were fresh for their biggest starts of the spring.
First, Blewett would take the mound against Ward Melville, the Section XI champions from Long Island, and immediately got into trouble, walking the Patriots' Anthony Kay and Greg Coman with one out in the top of the first.
After head coach Dave Penafeather went out to talk to Blewett, the right-hander escaped the jam, and then watched as Merryweather's single in the bottom of the first scored Gabe Levanti and put B'ville up 1-0.
Determined to help himself, Blewett led off the top of the second and, on the second pitch he saw, crushed it over the fence, a solo home run. That would be B'ville's last run, but Blewett didn't need anything more.