This is regionals week for high school softball as we head toward next week's State Softball Tournament, set for June 10 at Moreau Rec.
Fort Ann (15-2) and Ticonderoga (14-2) will be in action in Class D and C regionals, respectively. Check out the preview for both teams here.
Section II champ Fort Ann plays a regional final -- a state quarterfinal, actually -- against Section VII champ Crown Point on Friday at 4:30 p.m. at Moreau Rec, with the winner advancing to the state final four.
Section VII champ Ticonderoga plays today (Thursday) at 4 p.m. at Potsdam State against Section X champ St. Lawrence Central in a regional semifinal. The winner faces Section II champ Greenville on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. at Moreau Rec.
Here is the complete regional schedule across the state, from smallest to largest class:
State Quarterfinals (Regional Finals)
Fort Ann (Section II) vs. Crown Point (Section VII), Friday at Moreau Rec, 4:30 p.m.
Deposit (Section IV) vs. Eldred (Section IX), Friday at Rhinebeck HS, 4 p.m.
Elba (Section V) vs. North Collins (Section VI), Saturday at Promenschenkel Stadium, Dunkirk, 6 p.m.
Heuvelton (Section X) vs. West Canada Valley (Section III), Friday at Carrier Park, DeWitt, 7 p.m.
Ticonderoga (Section VII) vs. St. Lawrence (Section X), Thursday at Potsdam State, 4 p.m.
Southold (Section XI) vs. East Rockaway (Section VIII), Thursday at Hofstra University, 4 p.m.
Pine Plains (Section IX) vs. Haldane (Section I), Thursday at North Rockland HS, 4 p.m.
Ticonderoga/St. Lawrence winner vs. Greenville (Section II), Saturday at Moreau Rec, 4 p.m.
Southold/East Rockaway winner vs. Pine Plains/Haldane winner, Saturday at Rhinebeck or North Rockland, 2 p.m.
Sandy Creek (Section III) vs. Elmira Notre Dame (Section IV), Friday at Union-Endicott HS, 5 p.m.
Bishop Kearney (Section V) vs. Portville (Section VI), Saturday at Promenschenkel Stadium, Dunkirk, 6 p.m.
Cohoes (Section II) vs. Saranac (Section VII), Thursday at Plattsburgh State, 4 p.m.
Valhalla (Section I) vs. Marlboro (Section IX), Thursday at Middletown H.S., 5 p.m.
Wheatley (Section VIII) vs. Babylon (Section XI), Thursday at St. Joseph's College, Patchogue, 4 p.m.
Cohoes/Saranac winner vs. Ogdensburg Free Academy (Section X), Saturday at Potsdam State, 2 p.m.
Solvay (Section III) vs. Susquehanna Valley (Section IV), Friday at Carrier Park, DeWitt, 5 p.m.
Valhalla/Marlboro winner vs. Wheatley/Babylon winner, Saturday at Hofstra or St. Joseph's College, 2 p.m.
Wayland-Cohocton (Section V) vs. Depew (Section VI), Friday at Brockport State, 5:30 p.m.
Averill Park vs. Franklin Academy (Malone), Thursday at Potsdam State, 5:30 p.m.
Lakeland (Section I) vs. Goshen (Section IX), Thursday at Middletown H.S., 7 p.m.
Averill Park/Franklin Academy winner vs. Section III champ (Cortland or Jamesville-DeWitt), Saturday at Carrier Park, DeWitt, 3 p.m.
Rochester Our Lady of Mercy (Section V) vs. Williamsville East (Section VI), Friday at Brockport State, 3:30 p.m.
MacArthur (Section VIII) vs. Mt. Sinai (Section XI), Friday at St. Joseph's College, Patchogue, 5:30 p.m.
Lakeland/Goshen winner vs. Maine-Endwell (Section IV), Saturday at Rhinebeck (4 p.m.) or North Rockland (11 a.m.)
Yorktown (Section I) vs. Kingston (Section IX), Thursday at Middletown H.S., 3 p.m.
Shaker (Section II) vs. Cicero-North Syracuse (Section III), Friday at Carrier Park, DeWitt, 5 p.m.
Yorktown/Kingston winner vs. Binghamton (Section IV), Saturday at Rhinebeck or North Rockland, noon
East Meadow (Section VIII) vs. Islip (Section XI), Friday at St. Joseph's College, Patchogue, 6:30 p.m.
Victor (Section V) vs. Williamsville North (Section VI), Friday at Brockport State, 1:30 p.m.
A few notes from the Section II finals, played Saturday at Moreau Rec:
-- Salem senior shortstop Jess Vidal received the one of the Aileen Durrant Memorial Awards (for sportsmanship, leadership, etc.), and was named as Adirondack League MVP during the opening ceremonies for the Class C and D finals.
-- Senior Morgan Baker of Corinth received the Jim Horigan Memorial Award.
-- Troy senior pitcher Hunter Levesque was named Section II Player of the Year.
-- Lake George put forth an outstanding effort in a 1-0 loss to Greenville in the Section II Class C final. A team with no seniors, on a 14-game winning streak, came up just short to the same team that beat them in the 2016 semifinals. The Spartans' Caila Benning doubled and came around to score on a wild pitch in the first inning to give Greenville its only run.
-- The Warriors got a runner to third base three times, but could not plate any of them as they finished the season with a 17-3 record. Sophomore pitcher Rebecca Jaeger, a three-year starter, scattered five hits and struck out seven batters in the loss.
-- Fort Ann got a four-hitter with 12 strikeouts from sophomore Kayla Bailey as the Cardinals blanked Salem 6-0 in the Class D championship game.
-- Salem had come in with an 18-0 record and the top seed, and an eight-inning 6-5 win over Fort Ann on April 12.
Here's how the Class D final unfolded:
Fort Ann 1st -- With one out, Kayla Bailey singled up the third-base line on an 0-2 pitch, and after another out, Allison Vrooman drew a full-count walk and Bailey reached third on an error on the throwback. Salem pitcher Morgan Keys struck out the next batter to end the threat. Bailey apparently tweaked her quadriceps on a steal and had to gut out the injury while pitching for the rest of the game.
Salem 1st -- Bailey retired the side in order, striking out two and getting a first-pitch lineout for the third out.
Fort Ann 2nd -- Three up, three down for the Cardinals.
Salem 2nd -- With one out, Jocelyn Keys singled to right-center field and went to second on a passed ball, but Bailey got out of the inning unscathed.
Fort Ann 3rd -- Renee Allen walked, and with one out, Bailey pounded a double to center field. Taylor Foran walked to load the bases, and Vrooman followed with a sac fly to score Allen. Kylah Lindgren, courtesy-running for Bailey, scored on an error before Salem could get out of the inning. Fort Ann 2, Salem 0
Salem 3rd -- Bailey struck out the side.
Fort Ann 4th -- With one out, Tessa Camp singled up the middle, and pinch-runner Kate Jackson went to second and third on a wild pitch and a fielder's choice before Morgan Keys got out of the inning.
Salem 4th -- Lauren Christensen ripped a one-out single to left-center field, Jess Vidal followed with a single up the middle, but Bailey got out of the jam with back-to-back strikeouts to end it.
Fort Ann 5th -- Bailey drew a full-count walk, Foran followed with a double to deep left, and with one out, Lindgren scored on a sac fly by Emily Jackson for a 3-0 Cardinals lead. Fort Ann 3, Salem 0
Salem 5th -- With one out, Charity Rushinski singled off Vrooman's glove at third base, but Bailey struck out the next two batters to end it.
Fort Ann 6th -- Amanda Godfrey walked, but Morgan Keys turned a double play and struck out the next batter to end it.
Salem 6th -- With two outs, Vidal walked but Bailey struck out the next batter to end another inning.
Fort Ann 7th -- Leadoff batter Sarah Paige singled up the third-base line on a ball that was just fair, then Bailey followed with a base hit on a rope over third into left field. Both runners advanced on a wild pitch, and Paige scored on a wild pitch that got stuck in the netting behind home plate. After Foran walked, Salem switched pitchers to Kyndra Riche. Vrooman followed with an RBI single for a 5-0 lead, and after a sac bunt by Emily Jackson, Raegan Thorpe drove in a run with a groundout. Fort Ann 6, Salem 0
Salem 7th -- Bailey retired the side in order, inducing a lineout and a pop-up, and finishing with an easy out by Foran at first base. The Cardinals charged the field and mobbed Bailey in the pitching circle.