Border Country Sports Blog, May 24th
Good Morning! With the Border Country Sports Blog, I'm Keith Harrington.
Softball Semifinals Today
Moreau Rec Field will be the Oklahoma City of local softball this afternoon when four Section II Class C and D semifinal games will be contested there.
On Field A #4 Lake George will meet #1 Chatham in one Class C semifnal. #2 Whitehall will tangle with #3 Greenwich on Field B.
In Class D, top seeded Salem will face #4 Fort Ann on Field C. #2 Agyle will challenge #3 Germantown on Field D.
All games are scheduled for 5 p..m.
Fort Ann Tops Argyle in Class D Baseball Semis
I have been touting the Fort Ann baseball team as a club peaking at the right time for a couple of weeks now. Yesterday my thoughts proved to be prophetic. The Cardinals used a huge fourth inning and the solid pitching of Callon Sutliff to top Adirondack League foe Argyle 5-1 in the Section II Class D semifinals.
Second seeded Fort Ann now moves on to the championship game where they will meet #1 Germantown Saturday at 4 p.m. at Joe Bruno Stadium. The Cards will be seeking their 14th sectional title.
In the decisive fourth Fort Ann sent 11 batters to the plate. The Cardinals loaded the bases on a single from Sutliff, an error that placed Garrett Brown on base and a walk to Dakota Winch. Hunter Charpentier picked up an RBI with an infield single to make it 1-0.
The big blow the inning was a two-run double by Dylan Brown to make it 3-0. An RBI single from Jack Dornan and sac fly from Cullen Jackson increased the margin to 5-0.
Argyle scored in the fifth when Lucas Kingsely doubled and scored on a single from Shea Squires.
Sutliff went the distance for Fort Ann on the bump to earn the win, giving up just five hits.
Carson Barstow pitched a strong game in defeat for the Scots.
The title game is a rematch froma year ago when the Clippers calimed a 2-1 win.
TanForts Fall to Galway in Class Semis
The Hartford-Fort Edward baseball team saw their season come to an end Monday as they fell to #1 seed Galway 11-3 at East Field Stadium in Glens Falls in the Section II Class C semifinals.
The #5 TanaForts came out stong, scoring a run in the top of the first on an RBI single from JP Lavin.
The Golden Eagles answered quickly. Galway scored three times in the bottom of the frame on an RBI single from Eric Zelezniak and a double from Brian Brink to plate two runs.
Galway blew the game open in the second by tacking on five more runs. Brink doubled for the second time and Myles Pleasants added an RBI single.
Galway added three runs in the fifth inning, two of them coming from a deep fly ball to centerfield from Zelezniak that dropped just in front of the wall.
Ayden Swears doubled and scored on an RBI groundout by Bryce Tyler for Hartford-Fort Edward.
Pleasants went five innngs on the mound for the Golden Eagles to earn the win. He gave up two runs on five hits and struck out nine. Ryan Pudney pitched the final three innings for Galway.
Galway advance to the Class C final, to be held at Joseph L. Bruno Stadium in Troy on Thursday afternoon at 4 p.m. against Duanesburg.
Hartford ends the season 6-6.
Fair Haven Softball Rolls Over Mill River
Fair Haven needed just five innings to disaptch Mill River 16-2 in SVL softball action Monday. A five run fourth inning put the game away for the Slaters.
Tori Raymond pitched four innings and struck out one to earn the win in the circle. Ashley Carvey pitched the fifth.
Kate Hadwen was 3-for-4 at the plate for Fair Haven. Jaylena Haley went 2-for-3 with a double and triple.
Fair Haven is now 5-8 on the season. Mill River is 2-9.
Fair Haven Baseball Defeats Woodstock
Fair Haven rode the pitching of Alex Patch to a 9-1 win over Woodstock in SVL baseball Monday.
Patch tossed a two-hitter with 11 Ks for the Slaters.
A four run sixth inning proved pivitol for Fair Haven.
Joe Buxton and Kyle James both had a pair of hits including RBI doubles for Fair Haven. Wyatt Cusanelli added two hits for the Slaters.
Fair Haven is now 6-8.
With the Border Country Sports Blog, I'm Keith Harrington.
Dawn Hlavaty-Starratt Photo