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The Foothills Council softball championship has been finalized -- South Glens Falls is scheduled to play at Scotia on Thursday at 4:30 p.m.

South High wrapped up the North Division title Monday with a 6-0 win at Schuylerville, while Scotia once again won the South. This is the third year in a row the teams are meeting in the Foothills championship game.

The Bulldogs won the first two, 10-3 in 2015 and 4-0 last year.

South High coach Laurie Ciuffetelli reported Monday night that senior pitcher Amber Bourdeau was ok after a scary moment. Bourdeau, who was ill and playing third on Monday, was hit in the face by a line drive that glanced off her glove and struck her jaw. She taken to the emergency room, underwent a CAT scan, but Ciuffetelli said she was ok, just a bruised jaw.

The Bulldogs have a quality No. 2 pitcher in junior Maddie Capozucca, who fired a three-hit shutout with seven strikeouts and four walks against Schuylerville. They also rattled off 12 hits against the Black Horses, with Emily Joss and Sarah Powers both getting three hits.

Scotia also has a quality pitcher in Grace Purvis, and solid bats like Lauren Zeglen, Kelly Mayette and Naudia Smith.

In other leagues:

-- Following a 5-0 win over Granville on Wednesday, Salem is 10-0 in the Adirondack League with one game left, so the Generals have already wrapped up what appears to be their first-ever league title in softball.

-- Greenwich is 13-1 with two games left in the Wasaren League -- the Witches split with Mechanicville (9-2) this season, and the Red Raiders are in second place. So Greenwich has not yet officially clinched the league, but it's close.

-- Ticonderoga is cruising along at 9-0 in the Champlain Valley Athletic Conference, 10-2 overall.

-- The MVAC Southern Division may come down to Bolton-Scrhoon Lake and Johnsburg.


State softball rankings through May 9, from the New York State Sportswriters Association -- highlights for local and Section II teams:

Class D -- Salem remains No. 3 in the state behind only Deposit (Section III) and Heuvelton (Section X). Fort Ann remained seventh, but it appears that the rankings people missed the Cardinals' loss to Lake George. Fort Plain is ranked 15th this week.

Class C -- Greenwich (13-1) is still No. 4 in the state, behind Elmira Notre Dame and Edison of Section IV, and Caledonia-Mumford of Section V. Ticonderoga is ranked 18th and Lake George is ranked 21st. Other Section II teams in the state rankings include Chatham (sixth), Hoosic Valley (12th), Greenville (23rd) and Mechanicville (25th).

Class B -- Schuylerville moved to No. 21 in the rankings this week, the only area team to do so in the B's. Ichabod Crane is No. 6 and Cohoes is eighth.

Class A -- South Glens Falls moved up to eighth in the A's with its strong 14-1 record, and losses by Burnt Hills and Averill Park, who slipped to 22nd and 26th after starting in the top 15 of the rankings. However, both Burnt Hills and Averill Park play in the Suburban Council, so their records tend to be deceiving, with losses to Class AA teams.

Class AA -- Ballston Spa climbed to No. 3 in the state, behind only Lancaster (Section VI) and East Islip (Section XI). Shenendehowa is 12th and Colonie is 16th as the only Section II teams in the top 20.



Covering high school and minor-league sports in Section II since 1989. SUNY Plattsburgh grad. Colleen's lesser half. Three amazing young people call me Dad. Fan of Philadelphia Eagles, New York Rangers and Mets, and Syracuse Orange.

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