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Fairport Baseball is this week’s Primetime 585 Spotlight Team

By in Fairport NY News

FAIRPORT, N.Y. (WROC) — The final Primetime 585 Spotlight Team is Fairport baseball.

The Red Raiders won the first state title in program history in dramatic fashion with a 3-2 win over Section I’s Roy C. Ketchum High School.

But first, they had to get back Commack from Section XI. Once again it was Miller Time. That is, Sam Miller time. He had a three-run triple and pitched 5+ innings on the mound with seven strikeouts to earn the 9-5 win.

The game started at 10:30 p.m. on Friday night and finished at 12:38 in the morning thanks to weather delays.

“We were at the field pretty early,” said Miller. “We were expecting to play at 7:00 and we got pushed back. I think just keeping the energy up, even we weren’t playing, I think that’s what really helped us.”

Then it was on to the finals where defense wins championships.

In a game where every defensive stop mattered, Fairport made big play after big play on the field. Sensational sophomore Sam Roselli made a Top 10-worthy catch over the right field fence to rob a home run.

“I was going to go get it however I could,” said Roselli. “We just have each other’s backs. I was going to get it either way. I feel like all of our outfielders would have done the same. It was just special.”

In the fifth inning, JD Ostrander made a diving catch and first baseman Matt Bartusek ran into the netting to grab a foul ball.

“It’s awesome. Coach Murphy has been talking about it for two years,” said Ostrander. “To actually get it done is just a crazy feeling. Especially us seniors, we’ve been playing with each other for the last 10, 12 years.”

Finally, in the 7th, with the bases loaded and 2 outs, Bartusek made a sliding stop to end the game at 3-2 to give Fairport the title.

Key contributions were made over the weekend by Nathan VanDerVoorde, who allowed just four hits in 6 innings in the finals and also went 2 for 3 at the plate. Jackson Rucker scored a run and had a two-run triple in the final and Will Stanek and Pat Lindquist had clutch hits in the semis.

“One of the most rewarding experiences of my sports career was the final out of that game, celebrating with my teammates,” said Rucker. “To bring the first one here to Fairport means so much to me. I know it means a lot to the community and everybody here. It was just super special.”

Congratulations to Fairport on winning the state title and being our Spotlight Team.

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