The 2017 high school softball season ended Saturday with some truly outstanding state championship games at Moreau Rec.
Four of the five state finals ended with 1-0 scores -- something that has to be wholly unprecedented! East Meadow (Class AA), Maine-Endwell (Class A), Solvay (Class B) and Deposit (Class D) all won 1-0. Not to be outdone, Bishop Kearney outlasted Pine Plains 4-3 in Class C.
The Deposit championship was the Lumberjacks' third straight state title -- and they went through Fort Ann in the semifinals, defeating the Cardinals 6-1 in the process.
The loss may have put a temporary damper on Fort Ann's season, but it was an exceptional run for the Cardinals this year. They did not even win the Adirondack League -- they finished in a three-way tie for second with Lake George and Warrensburg -- but they got stronger as the season went on won their seventh consecutive Section II title with a shutout of Salem in the finals. Then, Fort Ann reached the state final four for the sixth year in a row -- so what had begun as a decent season by the Cards' lofty standards ended up as an unlikely state tournament participant.
"Fort Ann played very well -- they’ve been here every year since I’ve been a part of Deposit, so I knew they had the experience," Deposit coach Dan Briggs said. "I told the girls before the game, ‘They have as much if not more experience than we do up here,’ so it comes down to execution, and we were able to execute a little bit better."
For Section II, it was the second year in a row that all four teams lost in the semifinals -- Shaker fell to Binghamton 3-1 in Class AA, Cohoes dropped a 5-2 loss to Solvay in Class B and Greenville was blanked by Pine Plains 4-0 in Class C.