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April 17, 2013

Patriots get past NAC in 8 innings

AUSABLE FORKS — AuSable Valley belted out 10 hits in its game against Northern Adirondack in Champlain Valley Athletic Conference softball Tuesday.

But, it was the four this in the eighth inning that proved to be the difference.



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Sumra Sikandar scored the game-winning run in extra innings on a hit by Nichole Pulsifer to secure the victory for the Patriots.

“I thought we looked good,” AuSable Valley coach Marty Snow said. “Northern Adirondack didn’t have any errors and we only had one. Miranda Sheffer had a great game defensively and NAC is a very improved team. They played great defensively.

“There was some first game rust, but more or less NAC just played a great game defensively. The fielding was really good for the first time out for both teams.”

Sheffer was also a standout offensively, finishing with a 4-for-4 performance, which included a triple and a double. Sikandar chipped in with two hits.

The Patriots, though, need to battle back trailing 4-2. They scored one run in the fifth inning before tying the game at four in the sixth.

Sikandar opened the eighth inning with a hit, which was followed by three more, culminating in Pulsifer’s game-winning hit.

Madison Rondeau captured the win on the mound, allowing three hits and striking out 10.

Michaela Manor struck out two and allowed six hits in pitching seven innings for the Bobcats. Jillian Scott suffered the loss.

Alysha Warren paced Northern Adirondack with a double.

AuSable Valley 5, No. Adirondack 4 (8)

No. Adirondack 300 010 00 — 4 3 0

AuSable Valley 200 011 01 — 5 10 1

Manor, Scott (8) and Durnin. Rondeau and Niemann. WP- Rondeau. LP- Scott. 2B- Warren (NAC), Sheffer (AVC). 3B- Sheffer (AVC).

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SARANAC LAKE 9, N’EASTERN CLINTON 8

CHAMPLAIN — The Red Storm plated eight runs in the sixth inning and held off the Cougars to capture the victory.

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