CLINTONVILLE — Ticonderoga got hits when it needed them Tuesday and made key defensive plays late in the game to hold on for a Champlain Valley Athletic Conference softball win over AuSable Valley.
Savannah Bezon totaled three hits and drove in what became the winning run as the Sentinels prevailed 10-9.
“We had some really nice hits, and we just pulled together as a team and fought through,” Ticonderoga junior Nicole Fuller said.
The Sentinels trailed 5-2 after the Patriots plated three runs in the second inning. But Ticonderoga put together a five-run fourth inning to take the lead. Bezon got things rolling with an RBI double down the third-base line, and Lexi Moore also drove in a run. Then the Sentinels (5-1) took advantage of back-to-back errors, and Fuller wrapped up the offensive spurt with a single up the middle that scored one for the 7-5 lead.
AuSable Valley (2-1) plated a run on a passed ball in the fifth and tied the game when Tiffany Evens hit a line drive with a runner on.
But Ticonderoga bounced right back in the sixth, scoring runs on three consecutive at-bats, including Bezon’s second double of the game, for a 10-7 advantage. In the bottom of the inning, Logan Snow smacked a two-run triple to center field, pulling the Patriots within a run.
When Miranda Sheffer flew out, Snow tagged up and went for the tying run, but Fuller made the throw from right field to catcher Carly Campney, and Snow was called out in a close play at the plate.
Ticonderoga’s fielders made three catches in the seventh inning to send the Patriots down in order and clinch the win.
“We have strong outfielders and infielders. Our pitcher Hannah (Ross) is just amazing,” Fuller said. “She did a good job, and just nice placement of the ball where we could get to it and get the three outs.”