Whitehall was the lone local No. 1 seed as the pairings were announced Wednesday for the Section II Softball Tournament.
The Railroaders, 12-0 and the champions of the Adirondack League, drew the top seed in Class D. Whitehall was last year’s runner-up for the Class D title to perennial power Fort Ann. The third-seeded Cardinals are chasing their ninth straight Section II title.
“The No. 1 seed is certainly nice, but everyone now is starting at 0-0,” said Whitehall co-coach Pam Putorti, whose team reached the Section II finals for the first time ever last year. “The postseason is a different animal. Every game could be your last, so you’d better come to play.”
Putorti said the Railroaders were taking the top seed in stride, just like everything else.
“Our girls are so even-keeled, very rarely do they show a lot of emotion,” she said. “No one was really talking about it in practice today.”
Several other local teams drew top-three seeds. Foothills Council champion South Glens Falls (14-0) is seeded No. 2 in Class A behind Ballston Spa, and Lake George (16-3) is second in Class C behind Chatham. South High was the Section II runner-up to Averill Park last year.
Glens Falls (14-4) is the third seed in Class B, while Greenwich (14-6) is seeded third in Class C. Schuylerville is seeded sixth in Class B.
In Class D, six of the eight teams are Adirondack League teams, with Salem (9-6) at No. 2, Fort Ann third, and Hartford-Fort Edward, North Warren and Argyle seeded sixth through eighth. The seeds were basically sorted by their seeding in the league tournament.
Lake George coach Kyle Manny, who is also the Adirondack League rep to the Section II softball committee, said the seedings worked out pretty easily this season.
“The C’s were a little surprising — there were only 12 teams, and normally the bracket’s full, if not bursting,” said Manny, whose Warriors were Class C runners-up two years ago. “But there are still a lot of quality teams in the C’s.”
Manny said Chatham got the No. 1 seed over Lake George in Class C by a common opponent — Chatham defeated Glens Falls earlier this season, while the Warriors lost in extra innings. Greenwich received the third seed after another strong season in the always-tough Wasaren League.
The Section II tournament begins Thursday with opening-round games. Quarterfinals and semifinals are set for next Tuesday and Thursday, respectively, and the finals are scheduled for June 4. The Class C and D semis and finals are at Moreau Rec, while the Class AA, A and B finals are at the Luther Forest Athletic Fields in Malta.