“We had second and third, and a hit there would have been huge for us,” Campbell said. “We could have come back and taken the lead again.”
That was the final threat for Saranac. Doty sat down 10 of the last 11 batters she faced, allowing only a seventh-inning single to Guynup. She struck out six during that time.
The Panthers gained some breathing room in the bottom of the fourth with three runs for a 7-3 advantage. Gilligan’s two-run single was the big blow in the inning.
The Section II and defending state champions added their final run in the sixth when Karlee Shields singled, stole second and scored on Smith’s RBI double.
Doty, who is headed to the University of Connecticut, struck out 11, walked two and allowed six hits.
“Her velocity was very good,” Campbell said. “I’m proud of our kids for the approach they took at the plate. We don’t see that kind of velocity from pitchers in Section VII, and we had six hits off her and hit the ball hard at times.
“I think both her and Kourtnie struggled with their control a little in the early going.”
Losing pitcher Kourtnie Campbell struck out four, walked four and surrendered eight hits. Three Saranac errors didn’t help her cause.
Shields, Smith and Gilligan led the Panthers with two hits apiece. Guynup was the lone Saranac player with two hits as four others added a hit each.
“We certainly made them aware of us,” Campbell said. “We have nothing be ashamed of.”
The 22nd-ranked Chiefs ended their season with a 16-5 record.
Chatham 8, Saranac 3
Saranac 003 000 0 — 3 6 3
Chatham 301 301 x — 8 8 1
K. Campbell and B. Campbell. Doty and Layton. WP- Doty. LP- K. Campbell. 2B- K. Campbell (Sar), Terry (Sar), Pearson (C).