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Border Country Sports Blog-May 23rd

Today is Monday which means it is time once again for the Monday Morning Hot List, my look at who was "Hot" this week in high school sports.

Next week will be the final week of the hot list for this year as the number of teams we still have playing will begin to dwindle. The sectionals in New York hav narrowed the number of Adirondack League teams still in action and Vermont will be heading into playoff action soon.

Here is this week's hot list:

-Rhi Lubaszewski of Proctor has been one of the most impressive plays in the Border Country all season and she had another big game Saturday. Lubaszewski blasted a pair of home runs in 25-7 win over Twin Valley.

-Speaking of Proctor, the Phantom's baseball team has been on fire. Proctor has won 4 out of their last 5. Jacob Patch has led the charge on the bump for Proctor. Patch had 10 Ks in an 8-4 win over West Rutland. It was his third straight game with double-digit strikeouts.

-The Argyle baseball team pulled off an upset in the Class D sectionals, topping St.Johnsville 3-2. Carson Barstow pitched a complete game for the win on the bump. Lucas Kingsley had two doubles and Shea Squires an RBI triple for the Scots. As a side note, Argyle avenged losses against St. Johnsville, AKA OESJ. The team who knocked them out of both the soccer and basketball sectionals.

-Drake Stewart pitched an outstanding game as #5 Hartford-Fort Edward upset #4 Whitehall in the Class C sectionals. Stewart went the distance, tossing a 2-hitter with seven Ks for the TanaForts. It ws the first ever game in Class C for H-FE who moved up this year.

-A shout to the Poultney softball team for their furious rally to defeat Bellows Falls this week. The Blue Devils trailed 11-6 heading to the bottom of the seventh, then scored six runs to take a 12-11 win. Elizabeth Woodbury who went 3-for-4 for the Blue Devils and drew the walk that gave her team the walk-off win.

-Speaking of comebacks and walk-off wins, how about Lake George softball? The Warriors were on the brink of sectional elimination, down 1-0 to Berne-Knox in the bottom of the seventh. MattisonStark tripled to score Alivia Dean to tie the game at 1-1. Then Shannon Starratt singled in the winning run to gove the Warriors the 2-1 victory.

-The West Rutland softball team has won five in a row after a 24-10 win over Mill River. Kennah Wright-Chapman blasted a three-run homer for the Golden Horde. Arianna Coombs had three singles and a double.

-Peyton Guay of Westside pitched another gem this week. Guay fired a one-hitter in a 13-1 five inning win over Leland & Gray.

-Fair Haven freshman pitcher Tori Raymond is a player on the rise. Raymond pitched her second complete game in a row in the Slaters 15-3 upset win against Springfield.

-If you like drama, how about the Granville baseball team. The Golden Horde were being no-hit heading to the bottom of the eighth in a 0-0 sectional contest against Stillwater. In the eighth the Nelson twins got it done. Cody Nelson doubled. Advanced to third on a passed ball. And scored on Caleb Nelson's single to grab the win. Caleb tossed a 3-hitter Nelson struck out 15 and walked only one.

-Several softball players reached milestones recently. Madi Gould of Whitehall went over 150 Ks for the season. Shannon Starratt of Lake George, Kailey Bacon of Warrensburg and Lauren Bascom of Granville all went over 100 strikeouts for the season.

-Lauren Bascom had one of the highest total strike out games of the season in the area in a 7-2 win over Corinth with 16. Jordan Chadwick and Reagan Swain had key RBIs for the Golden Horde in the win.

-Finally, the Whitehall train kept rolling along this week with softball wins over Canajoharie and Stillwater. Against Canjo Madi Gould fired a 3-hitter with 12 strikeouts. She also went 2 for 4 at the plate. Ava Ruby went 3 for 4 with four RBIs and Olivia Whiting added a pair of doubles. Against Stillwater Gould tossed a 3-hitter with 13 strikeouts . Blake Bird led Whitehall at the plate, going 3 for 4. Gould and Vinna Jensen had two hits each. Ruby doubled.


With the Border Country Sports Blog, I'm Keith Harrington.

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