Catching up with softball stuff this week:
-- Check out some of the action from my foray into sports photography. Now that we no longer have photographers on staff here, reporters are taking many of their own pics. I shot Lake George at Salem and Schuylerville at Hudson Falls this week.
-- Some notable results of the week:
-- Salem pulling out a 5-4 win over Lake George on Wednesday -- jumping out to a 4-0 lead, letting the Warriors back in to tie the score at 4-4, then getting the go-ahead RBI single from Morgan Keys. Keys also had eight strikeouts in picking up the pitching win.
-- Salem is ranked No. 3 in the state in Class D according to the first New York State Sportswriters Association poll, also released Wednesday.
There were four more one-run games on a wild Wednesday of action:
-- Schuylerville scored runs in the bottom of the fifth and sixth innings to defeat Scotia 3-2, as freshman pitcher Teagan Andrews struck out five in improving her season record to 4-1.
-- Fort Ann held on for a 10-9 win over surprising Warrensburg, which continues to play well and fell to 4-1 in the league, 5-3 overall. The Cardinals led Wednesday's game 10-4 going into the bottom of the seventh, but the Burghers roared back with five runs to make the score close at the end. Warrensburg owns an 8-4 win over Lake George back on April 12 and has split two meetings with Corinth this season (one non-league, one league).
-- Speaking of Corinth, the Tomahawks pulled out a 3-2 win over Whitehall in a pitchers' duel. All five runs were scored in the first two innings, with Corinth scoring twice in the bottom of the second to take the lead for good. Tomahawks pitcher Chesney York fired a four-hitter with 13 strikeouts, and she induced a groundout in the seventh when Whitehall had a runner at third with two outs. The Railroaders' Hannah Bascue pitched a five-hitter with five strikeouts.
-- And finally, Argyle pulled out a wild 12-11 victory over North Warren, which had rallied from a 5-2 deficit to take the lead with six runs in the fourth inning. The Cougars stayed just ahead of Argyle, taking an 11-9 lead into the bottom of the seventh. The Scots scored three runs, capped off by Lacie Richards' walkoff RBI single for the win.
In other mid-week softball news:
-- Greenwich continued its torrid start, improving to 7-0 in the Wasaren League and overall with a doubleheader sweep of Waterford, by scores of 14-1 and 16-0. Sabrina Whitehouse and Jen Wilbur were a home run shy of hitting for the cycle in the first game, and Shania Danio drove in six runs in the second game.
-- Ticonderoga is also off to a strong start -- the Sentinels are 6-1, with their only loss coming to Fort Ann in the first game.
-- Glens Falls cruised to a 16-1 win over Gloversville, getting a home run and two RBIs from winning pitcher Haylee Lefebvre, who combined with Emma Chrzanowski on a nine-strikeout two-hitter. Kennedy Guy and Taylor Scarincio both drove in three runs, with Guy getting three hits.
-- The Adirondack League is playing a one-division schedule this season, something the league has done on a few occasions over the past several years. Instead of a two-division setup with 16 league games, the league is playing only 11 games, with every team facing the rest just once in the 12-team league.
"With one division and playing everybody once, it makes it different than a divisional game where we’ll see them again, maybe we’ll split," Lake George coach Kyle Manny said after losing Wednesday at Salem. "You’re hunting for the six wins -- .500 is the auto qualifier for sectionals, so in our league that’s six wins. We’ve got two in the column, we’re hunting for four more, and then you want to be playing really good ball going into sectionals."
-- Salem senior pitcher Morgan Keys and coach William Moore both credited travel softball in the offseason with helping the Generals make huge leaps from perennial doormat for 20-plus years, to sectional contender in the last three seasons.
"We all play outside of school all year long, and that’s why we’ve improved in the offseason," Keys said.
"The girls have worked hard all year, they’ve worked hard in travel ball, and they’ve really come together as a team this year, we’ve really stressed that," Moore said. "Obviously it’s working because we’re in great shape right now."
Salem lost to Fort Ann and Hartford in the Section II Class D semifinals the last two seasons, and the Generals have never won a sectional title in softball. They hope to change that this season, but will have to get past six-time defending champion Fort Ann again at some point.