TICONDEROGA — A huge six-run fifth inning propelled underdog Ticonderoga past heavily-favored Saranac 7-4 in Champlain Valley Athletic Conference softball Wednesday.
Saranac led 3-1 heading into the bottom of the fifth. But Maura Jebb’s triple brought in three runs, starting Ticonderoga’s offensive explosion.
“In the fifth we really started to hit the ball much better and put some things together,” Ticonderoga coach Shelly Young said. “We had some key hits at important times, which brought the runners around.”
Not only did Jebb contribute offensively, but defensively she also filled a huge hole at second base. Young moved Jebb from shortstop after finding out her usual second basemen was out sick.
“Jebb did really well moving from short to second, especially considering it was her first time playing second base all season,” Young said.
The Chiefs had the early advantage in the game, as they got off to a quick start from Brette Campbell’s triple to start out the first inning. However, Sentinels pitcher Jordan McKee did an excellent job on the mound, allowing just four runs. McKee completed the game, striking out four with no walks for the win.
“McKee pitched very well for us tonight,” Young said.
Saranac was favored in this matchup, currently first in Division I. However, Young credits her team’s strong play and said it was the “best game we’ve played all year.”
Sadie Hamel and Meg Campney also contributed offensively for Ticonderoga as they hit a triple and double, respectively, while teammate Katie Palandrani went 2-for-3 with an RBI.
Campbell and Emma Webster led the Chiefs offensively, as they each recorded a triple.
“Hopefully this game will give us some momentum in the final stretch right here,” Young said.
Ticonderoga 7, Saranac 4
Saranac 200 100 1 — 4 6 2
Ticonderoga 001 060 x — 7 6 3
Trim and B. Campbell. McKee and Palandrani. WP- McKee. LP- Trim. 2B- Campney (T). 3B- B. Campbell (S), Webster (S), Hamel (T), Jebb (T).