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2018-06-13 / Sports

D/H Eagles Are First Area Baseball State Champions

By Tom Coddington


The Deposit/Hancock team is seen after winning the NYSPHSAA Class D championship game on Saturday 
Benjamin Patton/The Reporter The Deposit/Hancock team is seen after winning the NYSPHSAA Class D championship game on Saturday Benjamin Patton/The Reporter VESTAL —With the first five players in the batting order providing most of the punch, the Deposit/Hancock baseball team did something no area team in the sport has ever done before — win a state championship — on Saturday at Binghamton University. The Eagles defeated Section II champion Fort Plain, 9-3.

In the first inning, Darren Shaver led off with a double and quickly scored on a single by Cole Russell. The Hilltoppers evened the score in the bottom of the second, scoring on a wild pitch.

Shaver also led off the third inning, this time with a triple, and again Russell singled him home. Luke Resti followed by drawing a walk, and Owen Wormuth reached on an error. Austin Lenio then singled to plate Resti, and Wormuth scored on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Caleb Walker.

Fort Plain then cut the lead to 4-2 on a single by Jaxson Yacoweina, and a double by Bryce Thibodeau The Eagles pulled away to 6-2 in the fourth frame, when Shaver swatted another triple, Russell reached on an error which also plated Shaver, and after a ground out, Wormuth walked, and Lenio singled, with Russell scoring.


OVER THE CATCHER — Deposit/Hancock’s Cole Russell collides with Fort Plain catcher Brady Fureno, as he scores a run during Saturday’s NYSPHSAA Class D championship game. Russell scored three runs and had four hits in his team’s 9-3 victory over Fort Plain. 
Benjamin Patton/The Reporter OVER THE CATCHER — Deposit/Hancock’s Cole Russell collides with Fort Plain catcher Brady Fureno, as he scores a run during Saturday’s NYSPHSAA Class D championship game. Russell scored three runs and had four hits in his team’s 9-3 victory over Fort Plain. Benjamin Patton/The Reporter In the sixth stanza, Russell got an infield hit, stole second, went to third on a wild pitch and scored on a balk. With one out in the bottom half, Fort Plain scored its last run on two walks, two wild pitches and a sacrifice fly off the bat of Zack Reid. D/H added two runs in the seventh frame on singles by Brody Soules, a walk to Ray Rynearson and a Russell double.


THANKING THE FANS — D/H Head Coach Brandon Olbrys thanks the crowd after his team claimed the Class D state title on Saturday. 
Benjamin Patton/The Reporter THANKING THE FANS — D/H Head Coach Brandon Olbrys thanks the crowd after his team claimed the Class D state title on Saturday. Benjamin Patton/The Reporter Shaver’s two triples in the game gave him 12 for the season, making him second alltime in the state for triples in a season in history. D/H Head Coach Brandon Olbrys stated of Shaver, “Darren has been an incredible leader for us. I will always lean toward attitude that will make a team’s aptitude. Darren is one of many high flyers on this team when it comes to positive leadership.”

The Eagles had 13 hits in the game. Russell went four-for-five at the plate and scored three runs, and Shaver all scored three runs. Lenio had two hits and Resti walked three times.

Olbrys remarked, “All the credit goes to the players and coaches in making the commitment to make us better through the lineup. Our guys kept getting better every week, competing day to day, and learning from mistakes.”


D/H’s Luke Resti and Brody Soules celebrate after receiving their state championship medals on Saturday. 
Benjamin Patton | The Reporter D/H’s Luke Resti and Brody Soules celebrate after receiving their state championship medals on Saturday. Benjamin Patton | The Reporter He added, “It means a lot to bring a state championship back to these schools and communities. It has been an awesome journey with a great group of kids. It is not only a great accomplishment for our players and also for all the former players that laid the foundation for the culture in our program.”

The Eagles finished the year with a 23-2 record, marking the sixth time in Olbrys’ 10 years with 20 or more wins in a season.



CELEBRATING — D/H players celebrate their Class D state baseball championship. 
Benjamin Patton/The Reporter CELEBRATING — D/H players celebrate their Class D state baseball championship. Benjamin Patton/The Reporter

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I am an alumnus class of 1963

I am an alumnus class of 1963 Sidney CSD. At that time we did not go to the states. And we were recognized at Yankee stadium as having won 33 straight games. And then I believe approx. 1990 under coach Joe Hager, we finished 3d @ LIttle Falls. Anyway I wish I could been there to stand up and congratulate you guys. Wishing you well in the future from Wilmington, NC.