AMSTERDAM — The run continues for the Schuylerville baseball team.
Behind a one-hitter from Matt McCarthy, the fourth-seeded Black Horses earned their third consecutive playoff shutout with a 7-0 win over top-seeded Coxsackie-Athens in the Class B semifinals of the Section II Baseball Tournament at Shuttleworth Park.
Schuylerville will play third-seeded Mechanicville in the final at 7 p.m. Friday at Joe Bruno Stadium.
McCarthy, who improved to 4-3 for the season, allowed just a fifth-inning single.
Schuylerville (14-7) began the scoring with two runs in the top of the second. Charles Luzadis’ double scored Alex Vallee, then Jack Bodnar’s sacrifice fly tacked on another.
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Colton Weatherwax and Nathan Preston each hit two-out singles in the fifth to make it a 4-0 lead.
Paul Harshbarger’s RBI double to center field in the sixth increased it to 5-0. The Black Horses closed the scoring with Vallee’s RBI double and Luzadis’ fielder’s choice.
Schuylerville has outscored its sectional opponents by a combined score of 26-0 and allowed just eight hits.
Schuylerville is trying for its first sectional title since it won Class B in 2005. Its last finals appearance was in 2015, when it lost the Class B title to Albany Academy.