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Lake George pulls out thriller, will face Whitehall in Adirondack final

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Mattison Stark’s double in the bottom of the seventh Wednesday scored Evie Burke with the winning run as Lake George pulled out a 2-1 softball semifinal victory over Granville.

The No. 2-seeded Warriors advance to face top-seeded Whitehall in the Adirondack League championship game, set for Friday at 4:30 p.m. at Moreau Rec.

Whitehall defeated Warrensburg 10-3 in Wednesday’s other semifinal, behind strong pitching by Madi Gould and big hits from Vinna Jensen and Olivia Whiting.

For Lake George, Burke — a freshman — had singled and advanced to second on Alivia Dean’s sacrifice bunt, then reached third on a passed ball. Stark’s big hit brought Burke home in a game that saw the teams combine for 10 hits, but only three runs.

Shannon Starratt picked up the pitching win for Lake George (11-2), as she struck out 12 batters and held Granville to four hits. Stark went 3 for 4 at the plate and Burke had two hits.

Haylie Barber hit a solo home run for Granville (7-6), which faces Warrensburg in the consolation game, also set for Friday at 4:30 at Moreau Rec.

In Whitehall, Gould fired a three-hitter with 12 strikeouts, and Whiting and Jensen both homered for the Railroaders (13-1). Whiting drove in five runs on two hits, and Jensen went 3 for 4 with three RBIs. Gould helped her own cause with a double and single.

Kailey Bacon doubled and Alonah Olden and Madison Goodspeed added base hits for Warrensburg (9-5).

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