Hammond, M-W Girls Note 2-0 Starts; Chateaugay Splits
BY DAVE SHEA
HAMMOND - Sydney Tanner limited a first inning threat to one run and the Hammond hurler and the Red Devil defense strung five scoreless innings to post an 8-2 win over Hermon-DeKalb and a 2-0 start to the NAC West Softball season on Thursday.
"Playing Heuvelton and Hermon-DeKalb in our first two games was tough but the girls have played very well defensively. We had a little breakdown in the seventh but it came after two outs. Pitcher Sydney Tanner and catcher Zoey Cunningham are really locked in and doing a great job for us," said Hammond Coach Katina Dillon.
"Alyvia Crosby made two nice plays at third and Avery Kenyon did a nice job at shortstop".
The Devils also did a very nice job contact hitting against H-D hard-throwing pitching combination of Bri Grant and Rylie Hale scoring two runs in the second and third innings and scoring four big runs in the sixth inning where Ava Howie, Hannah Belknap and Lilly Towne all came through with singles.
Hailey Cunningham and Alyvia Crosby both singled twice and Tanner came through with a single to key the early scoring.
"We have faced good pitching and hit well," said Coach Dillon.
"We have spent a lot of time in the batting cage and the girls have worked hard."
Hannah Gollinger singled twice for H-D and Hale, Audri Tehonica, Grant, Olivia Sharpe, Bailey Wright and Sierra Riley all singled.
MADRID-WADDINGTON GAINS 2-0 EAST START
Caeleigh Burke struck out even to lead Madrid-Waddington To 9-3 win over Colton-Pierrepont and a 2-0 start to the NAC East season.
Burke and Annie Basford each added two hits for the Yellowjackets. and Landree Chamberlain led the Colts (0-2) with three hits.
CHATEAUGAY, N-N SPLIT TWINBILL
In a well contested NAC East doubleheader Norwood-Norfolk edged Chateaugay 7-6 in the first game and Chateaugay took the nightcap 4-3.
Isabel Boyd sparked N-N with three hits in the first game and Rebekah Miller doubled and singled for Chateaugay. Chloe Champagne singled twice and Ali Johnston singled with three RBIs and Avery McDonald singled and scored three runs.
Avery McDonald pitched Chateaugay's nightcap win and Chloe Champagne singled twice. Ali Johnston, Cammi Champagne, Kaelyn Morgan and Rebekah Miller all singled. KJ Bellmore lined three hits for N-N and Kylee Kellison singled twice.
"Two really well played games today in Norwood. I’m very happy and proud of coming out of there with a split today against a really good team at their place. Both teams made plays and put the ball in play today. We made a few mistakes early in the first game, but that’s expected," said Chateaugay Coach Jason LaPlante.
"Overall I’m really happy with our defense. We made some big plays in both games, turning a few double plays and throwing runners out at home. Avery McDonald pitched great, she’s an eighth grader and she battled a talented team. Chloe Champagne had a great day at the plate, on the bases, and defensively. Kaelyn Morgan and Ali Johnston were great defensively as well, very happy with how they played especially as freshmen."