Lots to catch up with in the early rounds of the Section II Softball Tournament, particularly Monday's 10-inning barn-burner between Schuylerville and Taconic Hills in the Class B quarterfinals. The quarterfinals were spread out over Monday and Tuesday because of Monday's rain -- although a few games were squeezed in between the raindrops.
The semifinal pairings are set for Wednesday, all slated to begin at 4:30 p.m. (local teams in bold):
Class AA (at Luther Forest Athletic Fields, Malta) -- Shenendehowa vs. Shaker, Ballston Spa vs. Colonie
Class A (at Veeder Park, Colonie) -- South Glens Falls vs. Averill Park, Burnt Hills vs. Scotia
Class B (at Luther Forest) -- Schuylerville vs. Cohoes, Ichabod Crane vs. Schalmont
Class C (at Moreau Rec) -- Greenwich vs. Lake George, Hoosic Valley vs. Greenville
Class D (at Moreau Rec) -- Salem vs. Fort Plain, Fort Ann vs. Hartford
Tuesday's quarterfinal action:
-- South Glens Falls played outstanding defense to back up an efficient outing by senior pitcher Amber Bourdeau in a 5-0 win over Catholic Central. Bourdeau struck out six, walked one and the Bulldogs never let a CCHS runner past first base. The Crusaders had only three balls leave the infield -- a bloop single to left, a hard grounder up the middle and a flyout to right. The rest were 11 groundouts and a popup to shortstop.
-- Bourdeau threw just 70 pitches in the game, a remarkably efficient effort that saw her toss 15 pitches in the first two innings combined, and finish off with an eight-pitch seventh inning. She retired the side in order six times and faced 23 batters total. Of those 23 batters, Bourdeau allowed two hits, one walk (which was erased on an interference call when she was struck in the legs by a batted ball on the next at-bat -- and went in the book as a fielder's choice), six strikeouts, 11 groundouts, one pop-up and one flyout in right field.
-- The only local Class B team to fall on Tuesday was Glens Falls, which dropped a 4-3 loss to Schalmont. Trailing 3-0, the Indians plated two runs in the fourth, then pulled into a 3-3 tie in the fifth as Steph Meehan doubled and scored on Mattie Benway's RBI single. However, the Sabres responded in the bottom of the fifth on Kendall Fleming's RBI single for a 4-3 lead that held up.
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-- The only Section II matchup featuring local teams was in Class C, as Lake George played at Adirondack League rival Warrensburg. While the Burghers won their first meeting 8-4 back on April 12, this is a much different Lake George team. The Warriors (16-2) have won 13 straight games since falling at Salem on April 26.
-- This time, fifth-seeded Lake George rattled off 18 hits -- including a 5-for-5 effort by Rachel Layton and Rebecca Jaeger added two triples and a single to her 12-strikeout five-hitter. Warrensburg, the fourth seed, ended its season at 11-6 overall.
-- Lake George advances to play Wasaren League champion and top-seeded Greenwich (20-2) on Wednesday. The Witches shut out Duanesburg 3-0 on Tuesday as Rachel Hall threw a three-hitter and Courtney Fraher finished with a double, single and an RBI.
-- In Class D, top-seeded Salem (17-0) cruised to a 20-0 rout of Heatly, as Morgan Keys and Kyndra Riche combined on a one-hitter. Jocelyn Keys and Malina Morris each drove in four runs for the Generals.
-- No. 3 seed Fort Ann shut out Loudonville Christian 5-0 as Kayla Bailey tossed a 10-strikeout two-hitter for the Cardinals, who face No. 7 seed Hartford, an Adirondack League rival, in Wednesday's semifinals.
-- In Section VII, Mallory Pierson pitched a four-hitter and Savanna Berg belted two doubles to lead Johnsburg to a 9-2 win over Bolton-Schroon Lake.
Monday's quarterfinal action:
-- Of the local teams in action on a rather rainy Monday, only Schuylerville emerged with a victory -- a hard-fought 4-3 win in 10 innings over Taconic Hills in Class B.
-- Two games we only received scores for Monday were local teams that fell short: Hudson Falls dropped a 10-2 loss at Averill Park in Class A, while in Class B, Corinth was shut out 9-0 by top-seeded Cohoes.
-- Despite a daunting forecast on Monday afternoon and the fact that it was still raining lightly in the first inning, Schuylerville went ahead with its Class B quarterfinal against Taconic Hills -- a team that had traveled an hour and a half just to get to Schuylerville.
Schuylerville-Taconic Hills rewind: