McGraw baseball falls to South Kortright in Class D state regional

McGraw Senior Brendan May swings at the plate in the bottom of the fourth inning during the Section II Class D regional baseball championship Saturday at the Onondaga Baseball Complex (Peter Blanchard/Cortland Voice)

ONONDAGA, N.Y. — The South Kortright Rams dominated the McGraw Eagles, 13-0, Saturday afternoon at Chuck Wilbur Field/Onondaga County Community College to secure the Section III Class D state regional baseball championship.

Logan Kaulman led the Rams with a stellar pitching performance through six innings before being replaced by freshman pitcher Patrick Denyler to close out the game with three straight strikeouts. Kaulman recorded just eight strikeouts while allowing only three hits.

The Rams got off to a hot start early on. Logan Kaufman hit an infield single, followed by an infield single from Aidan Fox to put two men on base. After a groundout from Chris Champlin to advance both runners, South Kortright's Austin Lamport hit a pop-out in right field that sent Kaufman to home plate, putting the Rams up 1-0. That was followed by an infield single by Tyler Hall that sent Fox home, putting the Rams up 2-0 before Logan Firment ended the inning with a groundout to third base.

The Eagles were quickly shut down in the bottom of the first, with Chris Pickert and Jacob White striking out at the plate. Brendan May was able to make contact with the ball, but it resulted in a flyout caught by Rams catcher Chris Champlin.

With the win, South Kortright advances to the state semifinals to face the Whitehall Railroaders. That game will be played at 5 p.m. Friday at MacArthur Park. The state championship game will be played the following day at 1 p.m. at Union-Enditcott High School.