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SLC softball falls to Greenwich in state Class C opener

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POTSDAM - The first round of the New York State Class C tournament became the last stop for the St. Lawrence Central softball team on Tuesday.

“You can’t afford to make any mistakes when you get to this point and we just made too many today,” said coach Tim Brown after the Lady Larries dropped a 6-0 decision to Section 2 champion Greenwich at the SUNY Potsdam diamond.

“They did what they had to do to win. They put the bat on the ball. They made nice defensive plays. Their pitcher kept the ball down in the strikezone,” he added. “We’ll have plenty of kids coming back next year that will learn from this.”

Senior Rachel Abbrecht limited the SLC offense to just four hits and three walks while notching nine strikeouts in pitching the complete-game victory as the Witches moved one win closer to a second straight trip to the state semi-finals. Sophomore Lindsey Thayer took the loss, allowing three earned runs on nine hits while walking seven and fanning five.

Senior shortstop Dani DeGregory sparked the winning offense going 4-4 with a triple and RBI. Ashleigh Maines was 2-3 with a triple, two RBI and two runs scored. Abby Dusha singled twice and drove in a run while Karolin Strasswimmercame around to score a pair of runs.

Brandi Thomas led SLC with a pair of singles. Thayer and Angellena Sebring had the other hits.

After two scoreless innings to start the game, the Witches broke through for the only run they would need in the bottom of the third. Strasswimmer drew a lead-off walk then scored four batters later when Dusha stroked a two-out single to shallow right centerfield.

The Witches then took control with a two-out, three-run rally that began with the second SLC error on a groundball off the bat of Strasswimmer. Maines followed with an RBI-single then came around with the third Greenwich in front of a triple by DeGregory, who eventually made it 4-0 when she raced home on a passed ball.

The Witches sealed the win in the fifth where they relayed a triple, single, walk and error into the final two runs of the game.

“That’s been the story of our year. We’ve got some good bats and we’ve been able to put up some runs,” noted Greenwich coach Greg McGurik after his squad improved to 17-8 overall heading into a quarter-final round matchup this afternoon at SUNY Plattsburgh against Section 7 champion Ticonderoga.

The Lady Larries close out the season at 18-4. They shared the NAC North Division regular season title with Canton before going on to recapture the Class C title for the fourth time in five years.

“Not winning sectionals last year left a bad taste in our mouths and I’m proud of the way the girls came back strong this year,” Brown concluded.

Playing their finals games for SLC on Tuesday were Darby Eldridge, Shelby Hollenbeck, Bailey Stickney, Gabby Durant, Shakiah Robertson, Kersten Irwin and Sebring.

The Lady Larries’ loss to Greenwich was part of an 0-for-4 showing for Section 10 in the opening round of the state softball tournaments. In Class A, Franklin Academy dropped a 10-0 decision to Section 2 champion South Glens Falls. A Class B matchup saw OFA fall 6-4 to Section 7 champion Saranac Central and in Class D, Section 3 champion Hamilton overwhelmed Heuvelton 27-2.

CLASS A

South Glens Falls 10, FA 0: Lindsay Sullivan threw a three-hit shutout, striking out six, as Section 2’s South Glens Falls defeated the Huskies (12-6) in at the Adirondack Sports Complex in Queensbury.

The Bulldogs (21-1) built a 3-0 lead by the end of three innings, then added four more runs in the top of the fourth to blow the game open. South Glens Falls also had a three-run outburst in the top of the seventh.

Kristen Matuszak and Mallory Celeste led the offense, as each went 2-for-3 with three RBIs. Tristen Scheidecker also had a two-hit game for the Bulldogs. Janelle Heden, Whitney Legacy and Allison Poupore had hits for FA.

CLASS B

Saranac 6, OFA 4: At SUNY Plattsburgh, shortstop Alisha Ducatte made three outstanding catches to thwart OFA scoring threats and went two-for-two at the plate as 17-2 and number five state-ranked Saranac Central ended OFA’s season at 13-4.

MaKenzi Stevenson pitched a five-hitter with four strikeouts and three walks and allowed four earned runs. Saranac hurler Kortney Campbell struck out seven and walked four in a seven-hitter where he allowed just one earned runs.

The Chiefs scored in four different innings made the most of their hits led by number nine hitter who belted an opposite field homerun in the second inning and Campbell (2 runs, RBI) and Olivia Furnia who tripled.

OFA scored three runs in the fourth inning where Stevenson lined an two-run triple down the leftfield line, Shannon Tooley singled and Kristen Snyder drove in a run with a groundout. Stacy Barr tripled in the seventh and scored n a single by Felicia Barr.

Tooley finished with two hits for the Devils, Brittany Barr singled and Snyder sinled for her first varsity hit.

CLASS D

Hamilton 27, Heuvelton 2: At SUNY Potsdam, Section 3 champion Hamilton (21-1) scored 11 runs on six hits, two errors and two hit batters and never looked back for the win.

Jess Welsh delivered a three run triple in the first in the six slot for Hamilton off Heuvelton starter Alexis Weidner. Kelby Watkins also tripled in a pair of runs while Katherin Keever connected for a two run single in the inning.

Hamilton made it 12-0 in the second inning but Alexis Sawyer ripped a lead off triple and scored on a Jen Cougler single in the bottom of the second for Heuvelton (16-5).

In the third, Hamilton plated four runs as Welsh singled homer a run. Heuvelton answerd with a run as Abbey Williams had a singled and scored on a illegal pitch to make the score 16-2.

Hamilton scored three more in the fourth sparked by a two run triple from Becca Rogers and RBI singles from Katie Weeks and Watkins. The Emerald Knights scored four more in the fifth on RBI singles from Katie Weeks, Rogers, Watkins and scored four times in the seventh keyed bt a two run double from Rogers.

Rogers pitched the win. She struckout nine, walked four and allowed five hits to Abby Williams, Abbey Basford, Jen Cougler , Logan Tallman, and Alexis Sawyer (triple). Weidner lasted just one-third in the loss.

Hamilton had nine total hits. Katie Weeks went 3-4 with a triple and scored five times for Hamilton. Rogers helped her own cause going 3-4 with 5 RBI and four runs scored. Watkins was 2-3 with three RBI. Welsh was 2-6 with a triple and four RBI.

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