POTSDAM Number one seed Heuvelton found itself in an unfamiliar scenario on Saturday at SUNY Potsdam in the Section 10 Class D Girls Softball Championship game against No. 2 seed Colton-Pierrepont.
The defending champion Bulldogs were down a run early.
But the Bulldogs (19-0) drew upon some additional motivation from one of their own classmates in Andrew Streeter, who was recently diagnosed with cancer, fought back to claim a 3-1 win over the 13-4 Lady Colts.
The Lady Bulldogs have worn green ribbons in their hair and uniform after since they learned of Streeters diagnosis.
The victory gave Coach Josie Cole and her assistant Eliza (Ladouceur) Pierce their second straight Class D title and the schools sixth straight overall.
For senior Alexis Weidner, Streeters Will To Beat The Odds were very evident.
Andys showing us what it takes to beat something. Hes giving us strength. Today, we got down but we didnt bend. We battled back against a good team, said Weidner who also sacrificed a starting pitching role in the finale.
I would have loved to pitch today. But Coach Cole and Pierce had a game plan set and I respect their decision. We are all one team. Its all about the team. I was just glad I got some action at secondbase.
On the first batter of the day, Weidner recorded a 4-3 putout. She followed with three more for winning pitcher Paige McCormick who shared the NAC Class D West Division MVP award with sophomore catcher Hannah Thornhill. McCormick tossed a three-hitter, walked two, struck out 10 batters and allowed just a first-inning run.
C-Ps Andrea Aldous reached on a first inning infield error, moved to third on a single by Eve Whalen and scored on a fielders choice by Morgan Burns.
The Colts were limited after that to a single in the third from Kathryn Miller and a single in the seventh from Morgan Doyle.
C-P runners were stranded at second and first in the first inning, at third in the third inning, at thirdbase in the third after a Miller single and two wild pitches, and at third and second in the fifth after a Haylee Hennessy walk and Whalen was hit by a pitch.
Hannah Thornhill also threw out runners on the basepaths in the first and sixth inning.
Im really proud of the way our team battled from behind. We havent seen a game like this. Colton-Pierrepont is well coached and they came out swinging. But we made some plays, got a few hits in timely fashion and produced a win, said HCS Coach Josie Cole whose team will face Section III power Hamilton on Friday at SUNY Potsdam at 5 p.m. for a berth in June 14s Final Four at South Glens Falls Morse Park.
Heuvelton scored twice in the second inning.
McCormick lined a single, moved to second on a Rachel Thornhill sacrifice bunt, and scored on a RBI single from Nathalie Barr. Shelby Williams walked and Weidner connected for a single for the game-winning RBI.
The Bulldogs got runners at third and second in the third inning keyed by a single from McCormick, Williams lined a single to lead off the fourth and was stranded at third. Alexis Sawyer lined a single to lead off the fifth and scored after a fielders choice by Hannah Thornhill, a passed ball, and an RBI groundout by McCormick. Kristie Donnelly added a single in the sixth inning.
Colton-Pierreponts Sabrina Johnson went the distance fanning five batters and allowing three walks and seven hits.
It was just an intense game. I hate to lose but we played hard and came in swinging. Sabrina just pitched very well and their pitcher was excellent. This is what high school softball is all about. The fans were right in it the whole way, said C-P coach Wayne Lyndaker who coached by Cole and Pierce at SUNY Potsdam. It was fun playing them. They were excellent players to coach, Lyndaker said.