Hammond Rebounds; E-K Sweeps Morristown
BY DAVE SHEA
Hammond rebounded from a shutout loss to Edwards-Knox to gain an impressive 13-4 win over Hermon-DeKalb in Tuesday's NAC West Girls Softball action.
While Hammond rebounded, Morristown returned from a one-week COVID-19 quarantine and suffered losses of 10-0 and 19-6 to a fast-finishing Edwards-Knox team in a doubleheader.
H-D and Morristown will both be looking to recover in a doubleheader between the two teams at H-D on Wednesday. H-D saw its season interrupted from a quarantine which ended last week.
In one interdivisional game Norwood-Norfolk outscored Potsdam 14-8.
RED DEVILS SOLID ALL AROUND Sydney Tanner struck out nine and scattered six hits while the Hammond scored three runs in the third inning and five in the sixth and its defense made timely plays to prevent big innings to the Green Demons.
"We are still trying to put things together after being off with the COVID quarantine. When are getting better defensively but we still have to improve on the inner workings of softball. But we still have five games to work on it before the playoffs," said H-D Coach Bob Bice.
"Hammond got a lot of runs today with secondary offense. We threw the ball around too much they ran the bases very well. But Madison Wright was very impressive with her defense at firstbase"
Zoey Cunningham continued her outstanding play behind the play for Hammond and lined three singles and drove in three runs for Hammond. Avery Kenyon, Ava Howie and Hailey Cunningham singled twice and Sydney Tanner added a single.
H-D hurler Bri Grant struck out 10 and slammed a long homerun in the first inning. Hannah Gollinger, Rylie Hale, Morgan Nolan, Audri Tehonica and Bailey Wright singled for Demons.
Grant and Tehonica were honored before the game in a Senior Day ceremony. "This was our first game since we lost to E-K. The girls played good defense and Sydney Tanner pitched a very good game. Everyone worked hard and contributed to the win," said Hammond Coach Katina Dillon.
"We used our speed on the bases very well."
E-K SWEEPS MORRISTOWN IN RETURN
Dekoda Matthews pitched a one-hit shutout in E-K's first win at Morristown and Cadey Wheat pitched the victory in the second game where the Cougars scored 12 runs in the first inning.
"It was really tough for the girls to come back and play after being out because of COVID for a week. E-K has outstanding pitching. We just have do what we can playing seven games in four days," said Morristown Coach Megan Daymont.
In the first game Cadey Wheat belted a homerun and Lucy Frary and Hailey Matthews singled three times. Kayleigh Allen and Leanne Hall singled. Rylie Showers singled for the lone Morristown hit.
In the second game Dekoda Matthews tripled and singled, Hailey Matthews rapped two singles and a double, Lucy Frary doubled and singled and Leanne Hall and Kaylin Sroka singled twice. Kayleigh Allen, Sophia Vachez and Cadey Wheat added singles.
Morristown's bats came to life as Karissa Donnelly ripped a homerun and a triple, Kassidy Sullivan and Riley Showers singled twice and Emily Gagnon, Emilie O'Donnell and Mia Johnson singled.
C-P SWEEPS, CHATEAUGAY WINS
Malia Hogle struck out 10 in the opener as the Colts swept Brushton-Moira 5-2 and 14-2 in an East Division doubleheader. Emma Clemo lined two hits in game one for the Colts (5-4) and also picked up two hits in game two, including a home run. Skyler Thomann supplied three hits in game two.
Chloe Champagne hit a three-run home run to help the Bulldogs defeat Parishville-Hopkinton 16-1 (2-8) in an East Division game . Avery McDonald lined two hits and threw a one-hitter for the younng Bulldogs (7-3) who continued their development in a division contender. Ali Johnston and Vicki Titus both connected three hits.
"Avery pitched a gem today and her defense made plays behind her. I was very pleased with how we played overall. We are really coming together and putting a complete game together. We put the ball on the bat and were able to score runs. Chloe had a big game both defensively and offensively. Vicki really hit the ball hard today as well," said Chateaugay Coach Jason LaPlante.