June 4, 2013

Panthers looking for different outcome vs Fort Ann

Crown Point is back in the state playoffs, having captured its eighth straight Section VII Class D softball crown.

The Panthers, though, will be a bit undermanned today. First-year coach Tony Macey won’t be allowed to coach, or attend the game, after being ejected from the team’s sectional championship win over Minerva/Newcomb.

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Assistant coaches Todd Malone, Jesse Harrington, Jack Harrington, and athletic director Mary McGinness, a certified coach, will lead the team into today’s NYSPHSAA Class D regional game.

“They’re excellent,” Macey said of his assistant coaches. “They think the way I do, so I don’t have any worries. I think they are going to coach the way I would coach.”

Crown Point (18-0) will once again play Section II’s Fort Ann, a team that knocked off the Panthers 9-1 in last year’s regionals. The Cardinals (22-0) come into the game undefeated and with the No. 2 spot in the state rankings. Game time is set for 4 p.m. at Moreau Recreational Park.

“It’s really up to us,” said Crown Point senior ace Alex Macey, Tony’s daughter. “It’s really where our mechanics are and what we’ve learned over the past few years that we’ve played, and what (Tony) has taught us throughout the year.”

Tony Macey doesn’t know much about Fort Ann, and he wasn’t interested in learning much about them.

“We’re not putting any pressure on them to win. We’re going to go out and enjoy ourselves, play Crown Point’s game,” Tony Macey said. “That’s kind of why I haven’t done much scouting against Fort Ann, because I want to play my game and not try to change it to the way they are.”

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