Good Morning! With the Border Country Sports Blog, I'm Keith Harrington.
It's a little uncanny really. The West Rutland softball team seems to thrive on the pressure of being behind. The Golden Horde came from behind for the third straight time in the playoffs to defeat Richford 7-6 to claim the Vermont Division IV state championship Sunday at Castleton Universtiy.
#4 Westside trailed Poultney 6-3 in the quarterfinals, Proctor 6-0 in the semifinals, and spotted #6 Richford a 6-3 advantage before rallying on all three occassions.
The Rockets took a 2-0 lead in the first on RBI hits from Madison Smith and Kyrielle Deuso. Smith tripled and Deuso doubled.
The Golden Horde scored in the bottom of the inning to make it 2-1.
Both teams scored single runs in the third and the fifth to make it 4-3.
In the sixth Richford opened up a three run lead. The Rockets took advantage of a passed ball and an error.
West Rutland had the Rockets right where they wanted them. In the bottom of the sixth Samara Raiche and Bella Coomb drew walks. With one out Camryn Williams reached on a bunt single and Emma Sevigny singled to make it 6-4.
Kennah Wright-Chapman followed with a two-RBI single to knot the game at 6-6.
After winning pitcher Peyton Guay worked through the seventh unscathed the Golden Horde got a walk-off RBI hit from Olivia Cyr to complete yet anothe comback.
Guay scattered seven hits and struck out 12. She also contributed a pair of RBIs.
The victory marked the fifth state title in West Rutland softball history.
Adirondack League Softball All-Stars Named
Adirondack League softball coaches recently compiled their 2022 All-Star team. Whitehall led the way with five players recognized. Four Lake George Warriors were honored.
Whitehall standout pitcher and slugger Madi Gould was voted the Adirondack League Most Valuable Player. Gould, a junior was the Railroader’s leader on defense and offense. She struck out 150 batters during the regular season and batted .575. Gould had eight home runs, and 26 RBIs. She also was not credited with an error during the entire season.
Also named to the first team were Olivia Whiting of Whitehall, Vinna Jensen of Whitehall, Lauen Bascom of Granville, Shannon Starratt of Lake George, Olivia Gates of Lake George, Kailey Bacon of Warrensburg, Kara Bacon of Warrensburg, Kylee Humiston of Argyle and Kayla McCauliffe of Salem.
Named to the second team were: Blake Bird of Whitehall, Ava Ruby of Whitehall, Haylie Barber of Granville, Mattison Stark of Lake George, Grace York of Lake George, Teagan Grady of Corinth, Alonah Olden of Warrensburg, Taylor Cary of Salem and Kate Lindsay of Argyle.
With the Adirondack Sports Blog, I'm Keith Harrington.