Heuvelton Shows Total Package In Renee Robinson Game
Updated: May 27
BY DAVE SHEA
Using small ball and the long ball for a quick jump start to its offense, Heuvelton showed the total package of power, skills, speed and savy to down host Lisbon 19-1 in the annual Renee Robinson Girls Softball Game on Tuesday. The Lady Bulldogs (6-1) reeled off their sixth straight win to take over the NAC West lead when Edwards-Knox blanked Hammond (6-2) 3-0 on Tuesday.
In NAC Interdivisional action St. Lawrence Central downed Madrid-Waddington 17-5.
The game was held to honor the memory of the Renee Robinson who was serving as longtime Lisbon Central Head Softball Coach at the time of her unexpected death.
A tournament was founded to honor her memory but could not be held for the past two springs because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Tournament shirts were presented to the players and Lisbon Central Athletic Director Erika Backus said that the school plans to reinstate the tournament next season.
In Tuesday's game a bunt single by Lilly Spooner was followed by a two-run triple by Ally Trathen and towering homerun to leftfield by Molly Williams triggering a four-run second inning and the Bulldogs pulled away with four in the third and seven in the fourth.
Williams finished with two singles, a homerun and two doubles to drive in four runs. Trathen followed up her triple with two singles. Lil Spooner delivered a double and two singles and Carley Simmons, Lara Martin, Chasity Johnson, DaKota West and Mikayla Ritchie all added singles.
Backed by an outstanding defensive effort Chasity Johnson pitched a three-hitter and HCS blanked the Knights after Olivia McLear lead off the bottom of the first inning with a single and scored. Rachel LaRock and Ava Bouchey singled for the other Lisbon hits.
"Heuvelton played well, they hit the ball hard in the gaps. They made some great defensive plays when we hit the ball hard," said Lisbon Coach Diky Marcellus.
"And they didn't walk batters. They played great fundamental softball and any mistake we made they made us pay with runs."
Heuvelton will look to continue its division title drive on Friday meeting Hermon-DeKalb in a doubleheader.
"This was another game where we really worked hard at the plate. Every kid on the team was on base. Molly Williams had a great day going 5-for-5 and Chasity Johnson was strong on the mound and with her glove. We made plays in the field when we had to," said Heuvelton Assistant Coach Chris Showers.
"Coach Pierce and myself are proud of the effort from all the girls especially first year senior Lara Martin who chose to to play softball this year. She's been working so hard since the start of the year and it was awesome to see her rap a base hit and drive in a run. We have a couple of days of practice then a big doubleheader with a good Hermon-DeKalb team on Friday."
EDWARDS-KNOX PUTS TOGETHER BEST GAME OF SEASON
Edwards-Knox evened its record at 4-4 with its best effort of the season which was nearly perfect behind pitcher Katey Wheat who carried a perfect game until Hammond's Hailey Cunningham singled with two outs in the seventh inning.
It was 6-2 Hammond's only baserunner against Wheat who struck out eight. E-K scored all of its runs against Hammond ace Sydney Tanner in the third inning where Wheat stroked an RBI singled and Kailyn Sroka drilled a run-scoring double.
"We have three good pitchers on our team and today Katey White just did an outstanding job. It was just a great win for us."
Lucy Frary, McKenzie Hall and Sophia Vachez also singled for E-K which
will close its season with a doubleheader against Morristown and games against Lisbon and Hermon-DeKalb. SLC RIDES LONGBALL PAST MADRID-WADDINGTON
Megan Bowles belted a two-run homerun and a grand slam in a 3-4 outing at the plate to lead SLC to an interdivisional win over M-W. A Ramsdell pitched the win backed a double and a single by McCarthy. Annie Basford doubled and singled for M-W and Andriana Willard, Megan Burwell, Caeleigh Burke, Alaina Armstrong and Lily LaMere all added singles.