June 3, 2013

Ti faces an old stumbling block

TICONDEROGA — Ticonderoga was right with Greenwich in last season’s NYSPHSAA Class C softball regionals, trailing 2-1 after five innings.

The Section II champion Witches broke the game open with a four-run sixth inning, won 6-1 and later captured the state title.

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The Sentinels, after winning their seventh straight Section VII crown, are once again in the state tournament – and once again Greenwich stands in their way.

The two teams will play in today’s 4 p.m. first-round regional game at Moreau Recreational Park in South Glens Falls, with the winner advancing to Wednesday’s regional final against Section X’s St. Lawrence at SUNY Potsdam.

Greenwich, ranked ninth in the state, dispatched perennial power Mechanicville (ranked 10th) in an 8-0 drubbing in the championship game for its third straight Section II title.

“I think we’re right there,” Ticonderoga co-coach Shelly Young said. “I went and watched them play Mechanicville the other day, and they’re a good team, but I think if we play at our best we can be successful.”

Young and fellow co-coach Shannon Huntington both said confidence will be a key to getting Ticonderoga’s first win at the state level since 2010.

“I really think we can give them a good battle, possibly win,” Huntington said. “Or we could also be blown away. It depends on the day and the girls’ confidence level.

“We tried to boost their confidence (Sunday night) to let them know we feel they’ve played teams that are comparable to Greenwich. They just have to believe it.”

Ticonderoga (12-5) is coming off a dramatic showing in the Section VII postseason as the top seed, needing two walk-off wins to advance into the state tournament.

The team got a boost with two JV players called up for sectional play began, eighth grade shortstop Haliegh Wright and sophomore leftfielder Nicole Fuller.

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