Sectional baseball seedings were announced yesterday. There are some really good matchups and really intriguing classes. The area as a whole has been really deep and competitive this season and it should make for a great next week and a half.

We’ll see who is holding the Sectional Championship trophies for each class by May 30th.


Shen is the top team in the tournament – and they are No. 1 in the state. They are armed with four No. 1-style starting pitchers, not to mention great team speed and arguably the areas best player in Wake Forest-bound Justin Yurchak.

They are going to be tough to beat but if anyone has a shot it could easily be No. 3 Columbia. If Yurchak isn’t the best area in Section II, it could be Columbia’s Maryland-bound shortstop Kevin Smith. The Blue Devils also have two of the top pitchers in Section II in Travis Sowards and Cody Piel and that kind of pitching can lead you to a finals appearance alone.

Sneaking in at No. 7 is Shaker, a team that really struggled early, but that has great potential. They were inconsistent throughout the season but the Bison are the only team to beat Shen, and they are capable of beating anyone else in this bracket. They have three very quality starters, good speed in the outfield, as well as plenty of pop with first baseman Tyler Hoffman. They’ll start with No. 2 CBA on Thursday after the Brothers won the Big 10 title.


Queensbury is the No. 1, and they are very good. They are coming off a 3-1 loss to Shen on Saturday in a tune-up game. If they can hang with Shen, they can hang with and beat anybody in the field.

Troy drops to Class A and assumes the No. 2 spot while Lansingburgh is the No. 3 after a good season in the Colonial Council. It will be very interesting to see what No. 7 Burnt Hills and No. 8 Averill Park do. After a full season in the loaded Suburban Council, those two are more than prepared and could easily be capable of pulling an early-round upset.


Corinth is the No. 1 while Chatham is the No. 2. I have only seen a handful of Class B teams this season, but I was very impressed with Chatham in an early-season win over Ichabod Crane at Joe Bruno Stadium.


BB is one of the most intriguing classes in this years playoffs. Schalmont is the No. 1 and they are very good, especially with pitcher Greg Musk on the mound. Hudson is the No. 3 off a great season in the Patroon Conference. And Albany Academy could be very dangerous at No. 5 with the help of catcher Sean Dempsey.


Again, I wasn’t able to see much of Class C or D this season but Renssalaer is the No. 1 in C while perennial power Loudonville Christian has the top spot in D.

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