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PREVIEW: STATE SOFTBALL Opening Rounds

Class B

Today: OFA vs. Saranac Central at SUNY Plattsburgh, 4 p.m.

Wednesday: OFA vs. Chatham at Veeder Park, Colonie, 4 p.m. (if OFA wins).

Outlook: OFA (13-4) upset defending champion Canton 1-0 in the Section 10 champoinship game. MaKenzie Stevenson threw a three-hit shutout and struck out nine for the Blue Devils. She was also named the Central Division Most Valuable Player. . ... Saranac Central (17-2) defeated Peru 5-0, despite having just two hits, in the Section 7 championship game. The Chiefs scored all of their runs in the first two innings and relied on pitcher Kourtnie Campbell, who struck out four, walked three and allowed four hits. She also drove in a run with one of the two hits for Saranac. ... Chatham (21-1) earned its trip to the state tournament with a 5-1 win over Ichabod Crane in the Section 2 championship game. Hannah Gregg had three hits for the Panthers and also drove in three of the team’s five runs. Kayla Doty struck out five in a complete-game victory.

Class D

Tuesday: Hamilton vs. Heuvelton at SUNY Potsdam, 4 p.m.

Outlook: Heuvelton (16-4) earned another trip to the state tournament with a 7-1 win over top-seeded Colton-Pierrepont in the Section 10 championship game. Alexis Widener threw a four-hitter, striking out seven, and catcher Hannah Thornhill went 3-for-4 for the Bulldogs. Rachel Thornhill went 2-for-5 for Heuvelton. Heuvelton third baseman/pitcher Logan Tallman is the West Division MVP. ... Hamilton (20-1) earned its trip to the state tournament with a 6-2 win over Alexandria in the Section 3 championship game. Rebecca Rogers held Alexandria to four hits and struck out seven. Hamilton’s No. 9 hitter, Ashlee Prentice, led the offense, going 3-for-3. The leadoff batter, Katie Weeks, went 2-for-4 and drove in three runs. Cleanup hitter Kelby Watkins went 2-for-4.

Class C

Today: Greenwich vs. St. Lawrence at SUNY Potsdam, 4 p.m.

Wednesday: St. Lawrence vs. Ticonderoga at SUNY Plattsburgh, TBA (if SLC wins).

Outlook: The Larries (18-3) used a 12-strikeout effort from Lindsey Thayer to shut out Norwood-Norfolk 10-0 in the Section 10 championship game. Thayer gave up just one hit and led the offense, going 3-for-3 with four RBIs. Angellena Sebring added two hits for the Larries. ... Greenwich (16-8) was the No. 5 seed in the Section 2 Tournament and repeated as champions with a 5-3 victory over Hoosic Valley. Sam Whitehouse and Mariah Linnett each drove in two runs with singles. Greenwich defeated Norwood-Norfolk in a state quarterfinal game last year but had to beat three higher-seeded teams in a row to reach the state playoffs. ... Ticonderoga (13-3) won its sixth straight Section 7 title with a 6-5 win over Lake Placid, holding off a late rally that saw the Bombers score three runs in the top of the seventh. Ticonderoga had just six hits in the game and made five errors. Megan Campney and Katie Palandrani drove in runs with singles for the Sentinels.

Class A

Today: Malone vs. South Glens Falls at Adirondack Sports Complex, Queensbury, 4 p.m.

Wednesday: Malone at Jamesville-DeWitt, TBA (if Malone wins).

Outlook: Katie Lavoie went 4-for-5, including two triples and a double, and drove in six runs to lead the Huskies (12-5) to a 24-5 win over Massena in the Section 10 championship game. Alison Poupore had three hits, including two triples, for Malone. ... South Glens Falls (20-0) is the top-ranked team in the state and won their 13th Section 2 title in 16 years with a 3-1 victory over Averill Park. Lindsay Sullivan threw a complete game, striking out three and allowing only eight hits. She also drove in a run with a double for the Bulldogs. The Bulldogs also threw two Averill Park runners out at home plate. ... Jamesville-DeWitt (19-4) took the Section 3 title with a 5-0 victory over Oneida. The Red Rams are led by pitcher Kerri Keeler, who has a 1.99 earned-run average and has struck out 182 in 130 innings. The top batters are Mary Young (.465) and Tessa Devereaux (.420).

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