SAUGERTIES - A seven-run second inning led Kingston to an 11-1 victory on Thursday over Corning in the sub-regional round of the NYSPHSAA tournament to end the Hawks' season.
"I am extremely proud of the season we had and it was great to see this team win a sectional championship," Corning head coach Eric Kizis said. "Our senior did a tremendous job of providing leadership and guiding the younger kids. They were good role models for the underclassmen and provided them good scripts to follow."
Corning started out strong with a run in the first inning after an Adam Zingler leadoff double that scored on a ground out from Jacob Freeland.
The Tigers tied things up in the bottom of the inning after a bases loaded walk.
Kingston pulled away with seven runs in the second inning. In the second Steven Freer, Joe Ferrer and Bradly Short had RBI singles and the big blow was a grand slam for Jake McNutt homered on a 2-1 count to give Kingston a 7-1 lead.
Freer pitched Kingston Tigers to victory. He allowed three hits and one run over five innings, striking out one. Freer gave up two hits in four innings of shutout baseball after the Corning run in the first inning.
"He was efficient and kept hitters off balance," said Kizis of Freer
Kingston totaled ten hits in the game. Short, Freer, and Warnecke each had multiple hits for Kingston Tigers. Short went 3-for-4 at the plate to lead Kingston Tigers in hits.
Corning pitching had a total of 10 walks in the game.
"We issued a lot of free passes and that's the way it goes sometimes," said Kizis.
Noah Walker, Mason Smith and Zingler had hits for the Hawks.