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Gould, Ruby, Jensen Lead Whitehall Over Granville
The Whitehall softball team is not only talented on the diamond. They are entertaining as well. From "Vegetable Chants" to MeMaw's Recipes to Southern and British accents. The Railroaders were poised, relaxed and havng fun as they blanked rival Granville 10-0 in an Adirondack League battle of unbeatens.
This game was billed as the first time Whtehall may be challenged this season, but you wouldn't know that by listening to the Railroader's dugout.
"This was the first game I was actually nervous for," Whitehall pitching and hitting ace Madi Gould said.
It didn't show. Gould was dominant in the circle and blasted a "no doubt about it" home run to deep centerfield to help her team ice the game. Gould also singled, doubled and tossed a one-hitter, giving up only a bloop single to Jordan Chadwick in the sixth, while striking out 14.
The game was scoreless until the third when Khloe Paddock led off the frame with a single and Gould followed with a double. After Blake Bird walked Ava Ruby blasted a bases clearing double and scored on a Granville throwing error.
"At first I swung at a pitch above my head and I'm like I'm not doing that again," Ruby said of her clutch hit. "Then she (Granville pitcher Lauren Bascom) gave me an inside pitch that was kind of low and I just hit that to center."
Whitehall increased their lead to 7-0 on a two RBI triple from Vinna Jensen in the fifth. Jensen came into score on the play after a Golden Horde error. Gould's two-run blast made it 9-0 and the Railroaders tacked on a run in the seventh, taking advantage of two walks and an error.
Granville was not without highlights. Centerfielder Melissa Beaver made an incredible diving catch over the fence to rob Jensen of a homer. Rachel Beaver and Reagan Swain combined on a rare triple play with Beaver snagging a liner, then flipping to Beaver who tagged a runner and stepped on the bag to complete the gem.
Ruby also had an outstanding defensive play, making a diving stop of a Chadwick grounder in the third. Before that Jensen made a backhanded play deep in the hole at shortstop and through a runner out at first from her knees.
Bascom recorded seven strikeouts for Granville.
Whitehall is now 4-0, 6-1. Granville is 5-1, 5-1.
Hartford-Fort Edward Baseball Takes Down Burghers
It took eight innings to get the job done, but Hartford-Fort Edward came away with an extra innings win over Warrensburg in Adirondack League baseball.
Bryce Tyler capped off his stellar performance by scoring the winning run in the top of the eighth to lead the TanaForts.
Tyler was the winning pitcher for Hartford-Fort Edward. He went seven innings, scattering eight hits and striking out eight. Tyler was also 3 for 4 with a double.
Drake Stewart pitched the eighth to earn the save for the TanaForts. Ed Amell drove in a pair of runs.
Brady Cheney pitched well for the Burghers, giving up just four hits and striking out 12. Cheney also had two RBIs.
Caleb Remington and Evan LaPell had two hits each for Warrensburg.
Hartford-Fort Edward is 3-4, 4-5. Warrensburg is 2-6, 4-6.
Burghers Top HFE in Softball
Warrensburg jumped out to a lead in the first three innings and held of Hartford-Fort Edward 8-4 in Adirondack League softball.
The Burghers scored a run in the first, and two each in the second and third to open a 5-0 lead.
Hartford-Fort Edward closed the gap with a four-run sixth, but the Burghers answered with three in the bottom of the frame.
Kailey Bacon spun a three-hitter with 10 strikeouts for Warrensburg.
Alonah Olden was 3 for 3 with a triple and three RBIs for the Burghers. Kara Bacon was 2 for 2 with a double.
Olivia Lindridge drove in a pair of runs for Hartford-Fort Edward. Reaghan Liebig strukout six.
Warrensburg is 4-3, 5-3. Hartford-Fort Edward is 2-5, 2-6.
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With the Border Country Sports Blog, I'm Keith Harrington.