Good Morning! With the Border Country Sports Blog, I'm Keith Harrington.
I'm back. I wasn't able to blog yesterday as I was on the road early in the morning heading to Bedford, New Hampshire for my nephew's high school graduation. There was a lot of exciting action yesterday. Let's get cuaght up!
Great Scots! Argyle Heading to State Final Four
A couple of weeks ago I attended the Argyle at Whitehall Adirondack League softball game. The Scots, who were hovering around the .500 mark at the time, gave the Railroaders all they wanted that day. I remember saying to myself, "This team is better than their record shows." Bingo!
Argyle continued their deep playoff run on Saturday by nipping Section VII champion Bolton-Schoon Lake 7-6 to claim a state regional title and advance to the state Final Four
The Scots will now meet Section III champion Oriskany in the state semifinals next Saturday at 11:15 a.m. at the Moriches Athletic Complex on Long Island.
Argyle came out of the gate strong. The Scots jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning. Kylee Humiston tripled to plate Kate Lindsay to give her team a 1-0 lead. Lilly Kingsley and Skylar McDougall added RBIs to increase the Scot's advantage.
Bolton-Schroon Lake responded with four runs in the second. After tying the game 3-3 Jadynn Egloff drove in Skyler Scott to give the Wild Eagles the 4-3 lead.
Argyle regained the lead at 6-4 in the fourth. Paige Cormie nailed a two-RBI single followed by an RBI hit from Humiston to put the Scots back on top.
The lead didn't last long. Egloff drove in a pair of runs for Bolton-Warrensburg in the bottom of the fourth to tie the game back up at 6-6.
In the top of the sixth Humiston gave Argyle the lead, and eventually the win with an RBI single to give the Scots a 7-6 that they would not relinquish.
“It’s kind of surreal,” Argyle coach Lexi Nassivera said. “This group of girls are just so positive, so uplifting. They’re a family, they’re a team, they keep their spirits up. I never doubted them for a moment. Sometimes, when we get put into these ruts, we come back stronger and rally. So, today was definitely that type of day.”
Maddy Eldred picked up the win in the circle, striking out seven and scattering seven hits to the Wild Eagles.
Humiston finished with two hits. Cormie recorded three RBIs and Kingsley one.
Argyle is now 10-6 on the season.
“We’re trying to take it step-by-step. I told the girls, game-by-game and inning-by-inning. We’re just going to try to live in the moment. I actually have three girls that are going to prom tonight,” Nassivera added.
Westside Rallies Saturday Morning to Move to Semifinals
Wheaties is nicknamed "The Breakfast of Champions." Maybe that is what the members of the West Rutland softball team ate on Saturday morning?
On Friday afternoon the chances of the Golden Horde earning a spot in the Vermont Division IV semifinals were in jeopardy. After rain forced the game to be suspended the West Rutland showed up with new life on Saturday morning as they rallied for a 16-10 state quarterfinal win over Poultney.
#4 West Rutland now will challenge top seeded Proctor Tuesday. The Phantoms swpet the season series 15-7 and 12-11.
When the game began on Friday Poultney jumped out to a 6-0 lead. The key blow was a Hannah Welch home run. The Blue Devils sure looked as through they may avenge a regular season loss to West Rutland and head to the next round themselves.
The Golden Horde cut the deficit in half at 6-3 before the rain forced the game to be halted and that may have prvided the momentum for Saturday's continuation.
Poultney increased their lead to 7-3 when the game resumed on Saturday in the top of the fourth.
Westside responded in a big way. The Golden Horde sent 15 batters to the plate in the bottom of the frame and scored nine runs to take a 12-7 lead. Bella Combs smacked a two-run double in the inning. Kennah Wright-Chapman and Camryn Williams had two hits each in the inning. Aubrey Beaulieu and Olivia Cyr also added hits during the explosion.
Peyton Guay earned the win in the circle for West Rutand, striking out nine. Guay also tripled.
Wright-Chapman finished with three hits and four RBIs for the Golden Horde. Arianna Coombs contributed four hits to the cause. Beaulieu, Guay and Bella Coombs each added two hits.
Kait DeBonis had a tw-RBI triple for the Blue Devils. Kaylah Bennett added an RBI double.
Fifth seed Poultney ends their season at 9-6.
Proctor is 12-5.
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With the Border Country Sports Blog, I'm Keith Harrington.