Heuvelton Checks Hammond To Tie West Race
BY DAVE SHEA
HEUVELTON - Heuvelton Central Girls Softball Coach Eliza Pierce has impressed her girls from the first day of practice to learn every day toward becoming "softball smart."
On Wednesday the Lady Bulldogs showed the knowledge that they have acquired over the season using two bunt singles in the first inning as a key to a 3-1 win over previously unbeaten Hammond, reverse their only division loss and gain a share of the NAC West lead.
"The first time we played them we didn't hit well so went to the bunt early," said Coach Pierce.
"It was a great game and very nice win and now we have have to play Edwards-Knox again."
Ally Trathen and winning pitcher Chasity Johnson bunted for singles and scored in the bottom of the first inning where Molly Williams stroked an RBI single. In the top of the inning Trathen helped hold Hammond to one run with a diving catch of a foul flyball.
Trathen also scored in the sixth inning by reaching on error and coming around to score on an RBI groundout in a great at-bat by Johnson who struck out six of the last seven Hammond batters to finish with an 11-strikeout six-hitter.
Hammond hurler Sydney Tanner struck out five and allowed just five hits aided by an outstanding defensive effort by catcher Zoey Cunningham who made diving catch of a foul popup and made a diving tag to retire a runner at the plate.
"It was just a great game by two good teams. Chasity Johnson and Sydney Tanner are two of the best young arms in the section and they showed why today. We have kids making plays when they need two and we are improving each day," said Heuvelton Assistant Coach Chris Showers.
Cunningham singled and scored the only Hammond run in the first winning on a single by Hailey Cunningham. Zoey Cunningham also ripped two vicious shots down the thirdbase line for a single and double. Hannah Belknap accounted for the fifth Hammond hit.
"We hit the ball well today but we just didn't do it with runners on base. And we didn't move some runners on base when we had the chance to. It was a very good game," said Hammond Coach Katina Dillion.
In the other NAC West game of the day Lisbon outrallied Harrisville 16-15 for the Golden Knights' first win of the season.
In the NAC East Brushton-Moira swept a doubleheader from Madrid-Waddington 4-1 and 11-120.
LISBON USES FULL EFFORT FOR THRILLING FIRST WIN
Lisbon scored six runs in the first inning, sixth in the bottom sixth and two in the bottom of the seventh to get their first win of the season. The Knights used timely hitting, solid defense and a strong pitching effort from Emily Reynolds against a hard-hitting Harrisville club to gain its first victory of the season.
Anna Hoffman singled to lead off the bottom of the seventh and scored on a single by Olivia McLear and a two-out single by Rachel LaRock.
"It was nice to get a win. We played well and Emily Reynolds pitched another great game. We made enough plays when we needed to. Gabby Taylor did a great job replacing Ava Bouchey catching who got hurt," said Lisbon Coach Diky Marcellus.
"We hit the ball pretty well and generated runs when we needed after surrendering the lead in the sixth inning."
Olivia McLear finished with three singles for Lisbon followed by Ava Bouchey with a triple and a single. Olivia McLear singled three times, Gabby Taylor delivered two hits and Grace Smith, Erika Snyder, Emily Reynolds, Eliza McLear and Anna Hoffman all added one hit. Tori Moore continued to be a terror at the plate for Harrisville rapping a single, two homeruns and a triple.
Hannah Woodard rapped a double and two singles, Carrie Atkinson singled three times, Evelyn Winters stroked four singles and Megan Kackison connected for a single and a triple.
Delles singled twice and Kayla Jaquith added a single.
MADRID-WADDINGTON PLAYS TOUGH IN DH LOSSES
Madrid-Waddington (3-4) continued its spirited play this season suffering losses of 11-4 and 12-11 to Brushton-Moira (3-3) in NAC Division action.
Kennedy Hebert pitched both wins for the Panthers who rallied for six runs in the bottom of the sixth to shade the Yellow Jackets in the nightcap. Hebert and Emma St. Mary doubled and singled, Kyla Phelan belted a homerun and Sky Durant came through with a walk-off single in the sixth. Bailey Trainer singled twice for B-M.
Alaina Armstrong lined a double and two singles and Annie Basford singled three times to lead the M-W effort. Lacey Sullivan singled twice and Lilly LaMere, Annie Basford and Caleigh Burke all added singles.
Hebert struck out eight in pitching a four-hitter in the first game where Hebert and Natalie Palmer singled and tripled. Lily LaMere singled twice for M-W and Lacey Sullivan and Annie Basford stroked singles.
NAC CENTRAL SLC 19 - Gouverneur 10: The Larries took control with eight runs in the fifth inning and scored 15 times in the last three innings. Annica Ramsdell pitched the win and Rylie Daoust, Kayle McCarthy, McKenna Bowles, Foster and Donaye Ramsdell all stroked two hits. Peyton Mussaw lined two doubles in a 3-5 outing for Gouverneur and Lia Cannel also went 3-4. Raelin Burns and Ellen Baer also stroked two hits.