June 3, 2013

Ti faces an old stumbling block



Tied 2-2 with Northern Adirondack in the semifinals, Fuller doubled to lead off the bottom of the eighth and scored the game-winner on an errant throw during a sacrifice bunt attempt.

Trailing 7-6 in extras against Lake Placid in the title game, Wright doubled to put two runners on and came around to score the game-winner on a two-RBI double by senior Katie Palandrani.

“I think it helps them having been challenged more this year, and now that they see that they can come back, I think it’s great,” Huntington said. “I think our girls have a lot of guts this year.”

The Sentinels have two experienced arms they can rely on in senior Jordan McKee (8-3) and junior Kylie Austin (4-2). The pitching depth was increased with the addition of freshman Hannah Ross from the JV team.

Greenwich (21-3) didn’t have the easiest path to winning its third straight Section II title. In the semifinals, the Witches were no-hit through eight innings but the game was scoreless thanks to strong pitching and defense.

Ashleigh Maines, who scored the go-ahead run against Ticonderoga last year, led off the bottom of the ninth with a single and later scored the game-winner on a grounder from Easton Murray.

The championship game wasn’t so dramatic. Against top-seeded Mechanicville, Greenwich jumped out to an 8-0 first-inning lead that ended up as the final.

Senior southpaw Sarah Heimbach pitched a one-hit shutout for the win, extending Greenwich’s scoreless streak to 21 innings – the equivalent of three games. She also started the early offensive onslaught, opening the scoring with a two-RBI triple.

“We haven’t had to hit against a lefty,” Young said. “The first five especially hit the ball hard, and they have quite a few returning players … five of their players return from last year’s squad, so we know they’re good.

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