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Gould, Jensen Lead Whitehall Over Lake George
7-0. It's just a pair of numbers. However, it seems as if whenever Whitehall and Lake George meet in softball those digits are locked into the scoreboard. For the third straight time the Railroaders and Warriors completed a contest with a 7-0 score. The difference this time? Whitehall turned the tables and came up on the winning side of the coin.
Madi Gould was dominant in the circle and Vinna Jensen blasted a pair of key hits as Whitehall stayed unbeaten in Adirondack League play with a 7-0 win over Lake George. It was the first league loss for the Warriors.
Last year Whitehall won the first meeting between the teams 4-1 before Lake George won the Adirondack League title game and sectional matchup. This time it was all Railroaders right from the start.
"Playing any team three times is almost impossible," Whitehall coach Pam Putorti said after the game. "But nothing flusters these kids."
Whitehall took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first. Olivia Whiting walked and Jensen doubled to pick up an RBI.
The Railroaders added two runs in the second on a Braydee Benjamin single, a walk, an error and wild pitch to make it 3-0.
Whitehall put it away in the fourth. After Whiting singled, Jensen smoked a two-run homer over the right field fence to make it 5-0. Blake Bird and Ava Ruby followed with consecutive singles. Back-to-back RBI singles from Jayden Hughes and Brooke Benjamin increased the Railroader lead to 7-0.
Meanwhile, Gould was cruising in the circle. Gould struck out the first six batters of the game, and finished striking out 19 of 22 Warriors. Gould flirted with a perfect game, but with two outs in the top of the seventh Shannon Starratt dropped a bloop single into shallow center to break up the bid.
It likely will not be the final meeting between the teams as they could meet in next Friday's ADK championship game. Whitehall coaches Putorti and Chris Bascue feel very good about the win and where their squad is at.
"They play for each other. You can have the best players in the world but if they don't play together they're not going to win a thing. These kids play for each other," Bascue added.
Whitehall is 7-0, 9-1. Lake George is 7-1, 9-2.
Warriors Top Whitehall in Baseball
Down the hill from the softball diamond Whitehall and Lake George met on the baseball field. The game marked another key matchup in ADK play as both teams entered with just one league loss. It was Senior Night for the Railroaders, but the Warriors fashioned an 8-4 win.
Lake George led 4-1 after the fist but Whitehall sliced the deficit to 4-3 after the third.
"I was proud of my kids, missing both infield corners and starting to JV kids, and yet beating a quality team on Senior Day at their field," Lake George coach Pete Puricelli said via Facebook.
A four run sixth inning proved to be the difference as the Warriors pulled away for the victory.
Max Dickinson earned the win on the bump for Lake George striking out nine.
Brody McCabe and Matt Johnson had two hits each for the Warriors. Luke Sheldon had a pair of RBIs.
Landon Rozell was 3 for 4 with a double for Whitehall with an RBI. Brandon Bakerian was 3 for 4 with a home run and drove in a pair of runs. CJ Monty added a hit.
Lake George is 8-1. Whitehall is 4-2.
The Railroaders have a game to complete against Corinth. I had reported that the Tomahawks had won that game 10-9, but the game was halted in the after six due to darkness and is schedued to be completed. Therefore, the Railroaders have just two losses. My apologies for the error.
Proctor Defeats Rival Westside in Softball
Proctor used the long ball as they pulled away to defeat rival West Rutland 15-7 in SVL softball action.
Rhi Lubaszweski smacked two home runs and finished with six RBIs to lead the Phantoms.
Laci French was 3 for 3 with a double and home run for Proctor. Cadence Goodwin and Angel Traverse added two hits each.
Goodwin pitched 4 1/3 innings and struck out seven before getting relief help the rest of the way from Jenna Davine.
Kennah Wright-Chapman doubled for West Rutland. Bella Coombs. had a two-RBI single.
Proctor is 5-0. West Rutland is 5-2.
Nelson One-Hitter Leads Granville
Caleb Nelson tossed his second straight one-hitter and Granville blanked Salem-Cambridge 8-0 in Adirondack League baseball.
Nelson finished the stellar performance with 18 Ks.
The Golden Horde scored a run in the third and it turned out to be all that needed. Granville tacked on five more in the fourth and one each in the fifth and sixth.
Nelson was also 2 for 4 at the plate with a pair of RBIs. Avery Flory was 2 for 4 and drove in a run. Gavin Cosey added two RBIs.
Granville is now 8-0, 8-1. Salem-Cambridge is 6-2.
Bascom Spins Two-Hitter For Golden Horde
Lauren Bascom spun a two-hitter as Granville bounced back from a loss with a key 3-1 Adirondack League softball victory. The win keeps the Golden Horde in the league playoff hunt.
Bascom recorded nine strikeouts on the afternoon.
Haylie Barber knocked in a pair of runs for Granville. Lilly Strout was 2 for 2 for the Golden Horde.
Kayla McCauliffe pitched well for Salem, giving up just four hits and striking out seven.
Granville is 6-2, 6-2. Salem is 5-2, 8-3.
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With the Border Country Sports Blog, I'm Keith Harrington.