BINGHAMTON, N.Y. — Smithtown Christian’s hopes of winning a third straight state baseball championship withered away in the fifth inning Saturday at SUNY Broome Community College.

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After building a 2-0 lead, the two-time defending champs allowed eight runs in the fifth and fell to West Canada Valley, 11-6.

The Knights (11-10) entered the bottom of the seventh trailing 11-3 and rallied for three runs. The game ended on a fielder’s choice with the bases loaded.