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Salem-Cambrudge Edges Granville in ADK Semifinals
Third seed Salem-Cambridge avenged an 8-0 loss to Granville earlier in the season, edging the #2 Golden Horde 6-4 in the Adirondack Leage baseball semifinals at Ken Burch Fiield. Salem-Cambridge took advantage of Granville miscues and used timely hitting to pull off the upset.
"It's not like it was hard hit balls, but that's the game of baseball. They put the ball in the air. They hit the ball a mile high a couple of times. The defense was in position, sometimes the play is just too hard to make," Granville coach Cory Burton exlplained after the game. "One and done's tough. It is what it is. You've got to win one and we couldn't do it today."
Salem-Cambridge led 1-0 after the first, but Granville took a 2-1 lead in the third.
A four run fifth inning by Salem-Cambridge proved to be the difference. A Connor Chilson RBI triple was the big hit of the inning.
12 year old seventh grader Stephen Yakubec played a key role for Salem-Cambridge. Yakubec pitched the sixth and seventh to earn the save. He also had two hits and drove in three runs.
James Toleman picked up the pitching win in relief of Nate Twitchell.
Dillon Hughes added two hits and two RBIs.
For Granville, Nate Rathbun, Avery Flory and Logan Harrington each had two hits including a double.
"That's a good team. I wish them luck. It wasn't in the cards for us today. There's a lot still in front of us with sectionals ahead. The goal was to win the league first. Now we just have to change our goal," Burton added.
Salem-Cambridge will face Lake George in the ADK title game tomorrow night at East Field in Glens Falls at 7 p.m.
Granville will meet Hadley-Luzerne at 4:30 in the consolation game.
Salem-Cambridge is 10-5.
Lake George Nips Granville With Walk Off
Lake George's Shannon Starratt and Granville's Lauren Bascom hooked up in a matchup of two of the top pitchers in the area, with Starratt's Warriors coming away with a 2-1 win in the ADK semifinals.
Mattison Stark nailed an RBI double in the bottom of the seventh to drive in Evie Burke with the game-winner as #2 Lake George took the victory. The Warriors now advance to the league title game for a rematch against Whitehall. The Railroaders won 7-0 a couple of weeks ago. The championship game is scheudled for Friday at 4:30 at Moreau Rec.
Lake George took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first but the Golden Horde drew even in the fifth on a solo home run by Haylie Barber.
In the seventh Burke singled for the Warriors and advanced to scoring position after a bunt from Alivia Dean setting up Stark's heroics.
Starratt earned the win in the circle, giving up four hits and striking out 12.
Lauren Bascom pitched a strong game for Granville.
Stark was 3 for 4 for Lake George. Burke finished with two hits.
Lake George is now 11-2. Granville is 7-6.
Granville will play Warrensburg in the consolation game and look to avenge a 1-0 loss from earlier in the season. That game is at 4:30 Friday at Moreau Rec.
Railroaders Roll Into ADK Softball Final
Whitehall punched their ticket to the Adirondack League softball championship game, rolling over Warrensburg 10-3 in the ADK semifinals.
Madi Gould spun a 3-hitter and struck out 12 as the Railroaders beat the Burghers for the second time and remained unbeaten in league play.
The game was scoreless after two innings, but Whitehall took a 4-0 lead in the third.
The flood gates opened after that as Whitehall scored three more in the fourth and added a three spot in the fifth to lead 10-0.
Warrensburg scored a run in the fifth and two in the seventh but the damage was already done.
Olivia Whiting and Vinna Jensen both smashed home runs for the Railroaders.
Jensen was 3 for 4 with four RBIs. Gould doubled and singled. Brooke Benjamin also doubled for Whitehall.
Kailey Bacon doubled for the Burghers.
Whitehall is now 13-1. Warrensburg is 9-5.
Lake George Turns the Tables on Hadley-Luzerne
Lake George avenged their only loss of the season, turning the tables on Hadley-Luzerne to defeat the Eagles 14-6 in the ADK baseball semifinals.
The win gives the Warriors a spot in Friday night's championship game against Salem-Cambridge at East Field.
Lake George led 3-0 after the first, but the Eagles rallied to take a 6-4 lead.
The Warriors exploded for nine runs in the fifth to take control and shut down the Eagles from there.
Max Dickinson had two doubles for Lake George. Brendan Lamby, Brody McCabe, and J.J. Salmon also doubled.
Lamby was 3 for 5 with five RBIs for the Warriors. McCabe, Dickinson and Yogi Johnson finished with two hits each.
Angelo Bergmann was the winning pitcher for Lake George.
Ryan Lott-Diamond doubled for Hadley-Luzerne.
Lake George is 11-1.
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