PLATTSBURGH — Kyle Bisonette was very good Friday afternoon.
Ryan Meyer, however, was a little better.
Meyer outdueled Bisonette in Lake Placid’s 2-0 victory over Chazy in the Section VII Class D baseball championship game at Plattsburgh State’s Chip Cummings Field.
Meyer struck out six, walked two and allowed just one hit, while Bisonette fanned three, walked two and surrendered five hits.
Nathan Reynolds’ infield hit in the fourth inning was the lone hit for the top-seeded Eagles.
That came in the inning when Chazy had its best scoring opportunity. With one out, Bisonette walked, Reynolds reached on his single and Jacob Kennedy was hit by a pitch to load the bases.
But Alec LaPierre’s line drive was caught by Blue Bomber first baseman R.J. Reid who stepped on first to complete a double play.
“That was obviously a key point in the game,” Chazy coach Brian Norcross said. “Alec hit the ball hard and the double play killed what possibly could have been a big inning for us.”
The Eagles would not threaten again as Meyer retired the final 10 batters he faced, with two being by strikeout.
“The plan going in was to pitch Ryan for five innings and R.J. for two,” Lake Placid coach Brian Brandes said. “But Ryan retired the side on only three pitches in the second inning and that enabled him to finish the game. He ended up throwing just 74 pitches.
“He was on (Friday). Chazy is used to hitting the ball regularly and when a team looks to have the momentum, Ryan goes out there and gets the momentum back for us,”
“A lot of credit goes to their pitcher,” Norcross said. “He pitched a great game and Lake Placid played very well defensively.”
Meanwhile, second-seeded Lake Placid had an opportunity to take the lead in the third after loading the bases, with one out, when Chris Williams walked, Shane McNierney got aboard on an error and Kamm Cassidy reached on a fielder’s choice.
Bisonette, however, stranded the bases loaded with a force out at home and a strikeout.
The game remained scoreless until the top of the sixth when Reid singled to center, stole second and scored on Connor Preston’s RBI single to left.
Lake Placid then added an insurance run in the seventh. Williams walked and eventually came across to score on Noah Mohr’s sacrifice fly.
“We have been hitting the ball fairly regularly of late,” Brandes said. “We’ve been a fairly hot team of late and Bisonette pitched a great game.”
“I’m proud of our kids for how they played,” Norcross said. “Kyle pitched very well and worked well together with catcher Nathan Reynolds, who did a great job behind the plate.
“We went 13-2 overall and had a good season. It’s tough to see it end like this. This was the last run for our seniors, who played in three straight sectional finals and won the title in 2011. They went 36-7 as a group and that will be impossible to replace.”
Lake Placid (10-7) will play at SUNY Canton on Monday at 4:30 p.m. against Section X champ Heuvelton in regional play.
“Facing the pitchers we did in the Champlain Valley Athletic Conference this season has helped us prepare for teams like Crown Point and Chazy,” Brandes said. “We’ve won six games in a row and we’re peaking at the right time.
“R.J. was hurt for part of the season, but now we have both Ryan and R.J. available to pitch in the playoffs.”
Lake Placid 2, Chazy 0
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Meyer and Kane. Bisonette and Reynolds. WP- Meyer. LP- Bisonette.