MALTA — The Saranac softball team got five solid innings of defense and a quality start from pitcher Tori Trim in its Class B regional Thursday.
However, all it took was one — in this case the bottom of the third — inning for an aggressive Mechanicville offense to tilt the game in its favor.
Mechanicville (19-5) rallied for five unearned runs on four hits and two errors in the decisive inning to spark a 6-1 win over Saranac (14-6) in a NYSPHSAA regional semifinal game at Luther Forrest Athletic Fields.
Trim was the hard-luck losing pitcher for the Chiefs after allowing one earned run on eight hits to keep her team in the game against an equally solid effort from Red Raiders senior pitcher Kirstyn Alonzo. Alonzo finished with one earned run on five hits.
“She struggled with her control a little bit keeping the ball down,” Saranac coach Sam Campbell said of his junior right-hander. “That one inning we had two outs and got an infield ball that we mishandled ... (and) gave them two runs. Unfortunately if you throw to too many hitters they’re going to get a hit after awhile. Realistically that should have been a 1-1 game.”
The Chiefs took a lead in the top of the third inning thanks to three infield hits. Trim got the rally started by beating out a grounder and advanced to second on Summer Gillespie’s bunt single. Kaitlyn Guynup followed two batters later with an infield single that loaded the bases before Trim scored from third on Alonzo’s wild pitch.
The Section II champs did not trail for long though.
With runners on the corners and two outs in the bottom half of the frame, Trim induced a ground ball from Mechanicville clean-up hitter Kim Thompson. Instead of ending the inning, however, the ball was misplayed and two runs scored. Kali DeMarco and Amanda Kenyon followed with two-out singles to load the bases for Kaile Kenyon. The junior third baseman took advantage of the opportunity with a two-run single to left that put the Red Raiders up 4-1.