Brody Metcalf delivered a walk-off RBI single, and the Livonia Bulldogs rallied to beat Albany Academy (II), 9-8 in the NYS Class B final to claim the program’s first state title.
Metcalf capped a dramatic seventh inning with a single to left.
“Everyone had a lot of pressure,” Metcalf told Spectrum News Reporter Gabby Lucivero. “I was just the one lucky enough to be up there when it really came down to the wire.”
Alex Minnehan cut the deficit to two at 8-6 with an RBI single in the sixth. The 8th-grader tied the game in the seventh with a two-run base hit setting the stage for Metcalf.
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“We’re not playing for awards, for the fans anything like that,” Minnehan told Lucivero. “We’re playing for each other. We love each other. We’re a family. I was just thinking of the guys and how much it would mean to them.”
Livonia (23-2), which fell in the 2016 Far West Regional, trailed 7-1 Saturday at NYSEG Stadium before mounting a comeback.
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“These guys have been waiting for this,” Livonia head coach Scott Gilman told Spectrum News. “That was improbable. We kept at it. Hey, we’re state champs now.”