FORT ANN — Eighth-grader Madi Gould pitched a perfect game as Whitehall beat Fort Ann 1-0 on Tuesday in a battle of state-ranked Adirondack League softball teams.
Gould struck out 17 and didn’t allow a ball off the infield as the Railroaders, ranked sixth in the state in Class D, knocked off Fort Ann, the defending state champion and the No. 1-ranked team in the state.
“You wouldn’t know she was an eighth-grader to watch her play,” Whitehall coach Pam Putorti said of Gould.
Only four Fort Ann batters put the ball in play off Gould. One was a pop-out to shortstop, one was a foul-out to first base, and two bunts resulted in groundouts.
“She worked the corners really well,” Putorti said. “We talked prior to the game that she couldn’t leave anything fat down the middle. She had to keep working inside and outside, keeping the batters on their toes.”
Kayla Bailey had an outstanding game pitching for Fort Ann, striking out 11. But Whitehall pushed across the game’s only run in the sixth without the benefit of a hit.
Jess Moore reached with one out on an error, stole second, then came home on an error as she stole third.
Whitehall had three hits in the game, two of them by Emily Smith. The Railroaders had runners on second and third in the fourth and runners on first and second in the fifth, but couldn’t capitalize.
The Railroaders are off to a 5-0 start in the very competitive Adirondack League.
“We knew we had the potential, we just needed the kids to believe they had the potential,” Putorti said.
Fort Ann fell to 4-2 in the league, 7-3 overall. All three of the Cardinals’ losses have been by 1-0 scores.
The teams won’t see each other again before the Adirondack League playoffs.