Heuvelton, Canton Continue Softball Division Title Drives
Heuvelton and Canton continued impressive drives for the NAC West and NAC Central Girls Softball title drives on Friday.
The Bulldogs (8-1) swept a Senior Day twinbill from Hermon-DeKalb 14-6, 18-9 and the Golden Bears (11-1) bested Potsdam 17-1. Both teams used similar efficiency formulas: strong pitching, sound defense, good use of the bunt and the threat of the bunt and aggressive baserunning to build runs into big innings.
"Coach Eliza Pierce and myself are very proud of the entire team effort. Doubleheaders are long and we needed everyone doing their jobs to come away with two wins," said HCS Assistant Coach Chris Showers.
"Although we celebrated Senior Night a little different this year, this was our last regular season home game for four seniors: Lara Martin, DaKota West, Amber Cunningham and Molly Williams and it was nice to get two wins for them."
In one other Central Division game Massena blanked St. Lawrence Central 9-0 and Norwood-Norfolk dropped Parishville-Hopkinton 13-6 in the NAC East.
Heuvelton 14 - H-D 6: Molly Williams (3 runs) lined a double and two singles and Ally Trathen (3 runs) doubled and scored three runs to lead an opportunistic offensive effort by the Bulldogs who backed a complete game pitching effort by Chasity Johnson with three runs in the fourth inning and four in the fifth. Johnson, Amber Cunningham, Katie Cunningham, Carley Simmons and Lily Spooner all added singles.
Rylie Hale struck out 12 batters pitching a complete game for H-D and delivered three singles at the plate. Audri Tehonica and Madison Wright singled twice Olivia Sharpe singled and Sierra Riley doubled.
"In the first game the top of our lineup did a great job running the bases and making things happen. Molly Williams had another good day at the plate driving in a couple of runs with a couple of long doubles," said Coach Showers.
"Chasity Johnson didn't have her best stuff early but she made pitches that produced outs. And that was important because Hermon-DeKalb was aggressive at the plate. In game two we were able to to match runs with them in the first couple of innings and we got big two-out hits from Molly Williams, Carly Simmons and Katie Cunningham in the third inning. Ally Trathen was able to battle on the mound and limit the damage each innings and we made plays when we had to."
Heuvelton 19 - H-D 8: The Bulldogs scored seven runs in the fifth inning, stole bases in bunches and and collected 12 hits as Ally Trathen went the distance on the mound. Molly Williams drilled a long double and a single and Katie Cunningham came through with a double and two singles. Carley Simmons tripled and Trathen Chasity Johnson, Amber Cunningham, Dakota West and Lily Spooner all singled.
Audri Tehonica singled three times for H-D, Bri Grant singled twice and struck out nine in a complete game pitching effort and Hannah Gollinger, Rylie Hale and Madison Wright all added singles.
Canton 17 - Potsdam 1: Hadley Alguire lined two doubles in a four-hit outing, drove in four runs and combined with Ava Hoy to pitch a four-hitter.
"Sophomore Hadley Alguire and freshman Ava Hoy shared the mound duties. Both girls were around the plate all all day and we played solid defense behind the them. Ava Hoy was throwing gas striking out five in two innings.
Cate DeCoteau crushed three triples in a five-RBI outing and Natalie Warren stroked two singles and drove in three runs.
Hadleigh Thorton also singled twice and Megan Davis and Alyssa Jacobs each singled. Katie Green homered in the first inning for Potsdam's lone run and Milani, Cooper and Joyce all stroked singles.