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Whitehall Softball Finishes Unbeaten ADK Season
There were no after effects from Saturday night's prom for the Whitehall softball team. The Railroaders were all business Monday as they took control early and cruised to a 12-0 win over Salem in a six inning game shortened to six innings by the run rule.
With the victory Whitehall completes their second perfect Adirondack League campaign in a row. Last year the Railroaders fell to Lake George in the ADK title game, but first basemen Blake Bird feels this year's squad learned from that and is better prepared for this year's playoff run.
"We've got to stay in our zone for sure. We can't get too over confident or anything, Bird said. "Last year we were undefeated in the league. And we got to the league finals and sectionals and lost both time. We need to make sure keep our heads. We need to make sure we play our game and we don't get over confident."
Against the Generals Whitehall scored two in the first and nine in the third to take a 9-0 lead.
In the first Vinna Jensen tripled to drive in Madi Gould who had reached on an error. Jensen scored on a groundout by Bird to make it 2-0.
In the third Whitehall took advantage of a pair of Salem fielding errors and connected on four hits to blow the game open. Olivia Whiting led off the frame with a single. After Jensen reached via an error Bird smacked a single to plate two runs. Jayden Hughes added a two-run double and Brooke Benjamin an RBI single.
In the sixth the Railroaders parlayed a pair single by Bird, a pair of Salem miscues and an RBI double by Khloe Paddock to increase the margin to 12-0.
Meanwhile, Madi Gould was putting together another impressive outing in the circle. Gould carried a no-hitter into the fifth when Sierra Phillips beat out a bunt single. Taylor Cary singled in the sixth for the Generals.
Gould finished with a 2-hitter, 14 strike outs, and no walks.
"We've been playing great lately. Our defense like you just saw had a great double play," Bird added. "Even if we don't get much action....because you know Madi is always striking them out. We're still ableto be ready on the spot when we do get the opportunity to play some defense."
Whiting, Jensen, Hughes, Bird and Paddock all went 2 for 4 for the Railroaders.
Whitehall is 9-0, 11-1. Salem is 6-3, 10-5.
ADK Softball Playoffs Set
The Pairings are set for the Adirondack League softball tournament:
Semifinals on Wednesday
#4 Warrensburg at #1 Whitehall-5 p.m. #3 Granville at #2 Lake George-4:30 p.m.
*Note: The Warrensburg at Whitehall semifinal game is now at 5 p.m. due to AP Exams.
Championship and Consolation games Friday at Moreau Rec.
ADK Tennis Championships Decided
The Adirondack League tennis singles and doubles championships were decided yesterday at Queensbury High School.
Argyle's Cole Schilling won won the singles championship. Schilling defeated Connor Moulton of Hadley-Luzerne 6-2, 6-1. It was the second straight championship for Schilling.
Caeden Wilson and Sean Frasier of Hadley-Luzerne claimed the doubles crown. Wilson and Frasier topped Aiden Macleoa and Troy Austin 6-4, 7-5 (7-5).
Proctor Rolls Over Woodstock to Stay Unbeaten
The Proctor softball continued to roll on Monday traveling to Woodstock and coming home with a 22-1 win in five innings.
Cadence Goodwin earned the win in the circle, pitching a complete game. Goodwin fired a one-hitter and struck out 11. Goodwin also doubled for the Phantoms.
Rhi Lubaszewski stayed on fire at the plate with two hits including a home run. Laci French contributed two hits.
Deana Ouellette and Aleea Richardson had their first varsity base hits for the Phantoms.
Proctor is now 7-0 on the season.
Hartford-Fort Edward Holds Off Eagles
Hartford-Fort Edward pulled off perhaps their best win of the season, holding off Hadley-Luzerne 10-8 in ADK baseball. The win qualifies the TanaForts for the sectionals on the last day of the season.
The TanaForts led 10-3 headig to the bottom of the seventh but the Eagles plated five runs in the frame. Bryce Tyler came on to earn the save with the tying run at the plate for the Eagles.
Drake Stewart was the winner in the bump for Hartford-Fort Edward, scattering eight hits and striking out six in 6 1/3 innings of work.
Tyler was 4 for 4 at the plate with a double and tripleto lead the TanaForts. Stewart was 2 for 4. Cole Gauthier was also 2 for 4.
Zack Caldwell was 2 for 4 with two triples for Hadley-Luzerne. Evan Kadar was 2 for 3.
Hartford-Fort Edward is now 5-5, 7-5.
Salem-Cambridge Defeats Railroaders in Baseball
Salem-Cambridge secured their spot in the ADK Tournament as they defeated Whitehall 10-3 in the Monday.
Salem-Cambridge came out of the gate quickly, scoring two runs in the first and three in the second to lead 5-0.
Salem-Cambridge extended the lead to 7-0 in the fourth, but the Railroaders scored three in the fifth to make it 7-3.
A three spot in the sixth sealed the deal for Salem-Cambridge.
Jackson Thomas earned the pitching win for Salem-Cambridge.
Connor Chilson and Eli Danio smacked triples to lead the offense. Dillon Hughes was 2 for 4 with two RBIs.
CJ Monty was 2 for 4 with a double and two RBIs for Whitehall. Ethan Eggleston was 2 for 3 for the Railroaders.
Salem-Cambridge is 8-2, 9-5.
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With the Border Country Sports Blog, I'm Keith Harrington.