Whitehall wins three baseball games
By Keith Harrington
The Whitehall baseball team honored the Class of 2021 on their Senior Day Saturday, then wrapped up the regular season by swinging the hot bats in a 13-6 win over Argyle in an Adirondack League crossover game.
During the pregame ceremony, Railroaders’ coach Keith Redmond could not say enough good things about his senior class.
“It’s been an up and down last four years of these kids’ lives,” Redmond said. “With winning a state championship, to not playing baseball, to finally getting back on the baseball field and having success again this year. I’m proud of you guys and your resiliency the whole time.”
Spencer Dickinson, Michael Vandenburgh, Kaleb Lyman, Matthew Gould and Thomas Fish all contributed as they ended their home careers on a high note.
Argyle scored runs in the first and the third to take a 2-0 lead. Once the Railroader bats started connecting, however, Whitehall took control.
“We swung the bats really well today,” Redmond said. “We were crushing the ball.”
Whitehall plated four runs in the bottom of the third and scored five in the fifth and three more in the sixth. The Railroaders pounded out 13 hits on the morning.
Preston Bakemeier was the winning pitcher. Bakemeier went five innings and got two innings of relief help from Tyler Brooks. The duo was aided by a stellar defensive effort.
Fish was 4 for 4 at the plate with four RBIs. Gould was 2 for 4 and drove in a pair of runs. Landon Rozell and Vandenburgh were both 2 for 3. Lyman singles and drove in a run.
Dan Lohret was 2 for 4 with two RBIs for Argyle.
Whitehall finishes the regular season 7-3, 9-3. Argyle dropped to 4-6, 5-7.
Last Wednesday, Whitehall defeated Salem 13-12 in an Adirondack League crossover game as the Railroaders rallied from a huge early deficit.
Salem scored five runs in the first and four in the second to take a 9-1 lead.
Whitehall clawed its way to the lead when they erupted for 10 runs in the third. The Railroaders added two runs in the sixth to secure the win.
Jacob Whiting pitched three strong innings in relief to earn the win. Brandon Bakerian, who had started the game, came back in to record the save.
Gould was 4 for 4 with five RBIs for the Railroaders. Fish was 2 for 4 with a double and two RBIs. Lyman and Brooks added singles.
Whitehall was 7-3, 8-3 after the win. Salem fell to 4-6, 4-7.
On Tuesday night, Whitehall closed out the Adirondack League regular season slate with a 15-14 win over Argyle at East Field in Glens Falls.
Fish had a huge night for the Railroaders. Not only did he pick up the win on the mound, striking out three, but the senior also went 4 for 5 at the plate with three RBIs.
Bakerian was 3 for 4 with five RBIs and two triples. Gould was 2 for 4 with three RBIs.
Nathan Stanley was 3 for 4 with a home run, double and four RBIs for the Scots. Tyler Humiston was 2 for 5 with three RBIs.
The result brought Whitehall to 6-3, 7-3. Argyle went to 4-6, 4-6 with after the loss.
Whitehall girls win, boys tie in track
By Keith Harrington
The Whitehall track and field team faced Salem last week in an Adirondack League meet and the Railroader boys tied the Generals 60-60, while the girls cruised by Salem 82-20.
For the boys, in the 200-meter race Jake Huntington, Chris Bakemeier and Jordan Gould swept the top three spots. Gould finished first in the 400 meters.
Troy Austin and David Austin placed first and second in the 1600 meters. The team of Gould, David Austin, Troy Austin, and Allen Beaulieu won the 1600 relay.
David Austin, Beaulieu, and Troy Austin claimed the top three positions in the long jump. Gould took first place in the triple jump.
The Whitehall girls were dominant in every aspect of the event. The Railroaders finished first in all but one event.
Zoe Eggleston, Samantha Howland, and Chloe Rehm all had strong performances for Whitehall. Eggleston was first in the 800-meter run, 100-meter hurdles, high jump and long jump. Howland won the 100 meters, and triple jump.
Rehm won the shot put and the discus events.
Riley West finished first in the 200-meter run. West also teamed with Amelia Lyng, Julia Arquette, and Morgan Austin to win the 400-meter relay.
Arquette won the 400 meters. Austin placed first in the 1500 meters.
West and Lyng were second and third in the 100-meter race.
Howland placed second in the high jump and 100-meter hurdles.
Whitehall’s first loss costs softball crown
By Keith Harrington
The Whitehall Railroaders found themselves in the unusual position of trailing 4-0 after three innings and never recovered as Lake George went on to claim the Adirondack League softball crown, 7-0, on Saturday.
The homestanding Railroaders had beaten the Warriors 4-1 in Lake George just a week ago. It was Whitehall’s first loss of the season.
Lake George stood at 10-2 after the game and Whitehall was 10-1.
Whitehall coach Pam Putorti said she feels that her team’s lack of experience in having to play from behind was a key factor in the loss.
“It’s tough when you haven’t been in that position all year long,” Putorti said. “You come down to the championship game not having lost and sometimes the kids don’t know how to rally back.”
Facing their largest deficit of the season, the Railroaders had the look of a team that was a bit shell-shocked.
“Absolutely,” Putorti said. “100% you could see it in their body language.”
The game was scoreless after two innings, but Lake George got its offense cranked up in the top of the third. The rally was ignited by the bottom two batters in their order when Makena Barber and Samantha Gorey, the No. 8 and No. 9 hitters, led off with back-to-back singles. Rachel Jaeger then delivered an RBI single to give Lake George a 1-0 lead.
The key hit of the inning came off the bat of Shannon Starratt. The Warriors’ third basemen lined a double to the gap in right-center to score Gorey and Jaeger. Starratt tried to stretch the hit to a tripe and a Whitehall throwing error allowed her to score, giving Lake George a 4-0 advantage.
The Warriors added a run in the fifth on a Ty Bergman RBI single and two more in the seventh to increase their lead. A bunt by Samantha Gorey and an RBI single by Olivia Gates produced the pair of insurance runs.
Lake George swung the bats much better against Whitehall ace Madi Gould than they did in the previous meeting. Lake George coach Kim Zilm attributed her team’s success at the plate to believing in themselves.
“I think the girls just had the confidence today that they could hit Madi,” Zilm said. “She’s a great pitcher. She has a lot of different pitches. Great speed. And they had the confidence.”
Timely hitting and error-free defense also played a crucial role, Zilm said.
“We had some timely hits from the bottom of our order which is always nice to get us started,” she said. “And of course, our defense is always solid.”
Whitehall loaded the bases with no outs in the bottom of the seventh on singles by Vinna Jensen and Brooke Benjamin and a walk. Lake George pitcher Madeline Gorey clamped down, however, retiring the next three batters to end the game.
Starratt, Jaeger, Barber and Samantha Gorey all contributed two hits for Lake George.
Madeline Gorey went the distance in the circle, scattering five hits to earn the win.
Jensen and Benjamin each had two hits for Whitehall.
Whitehall now moves on to sectional play where they will participate in an incredibly challenging Class C tournament after moving up this year.
“The C’s are going to be really tough for us,” Putorti said. “We are probably the smallest school going in.”
Whitehall advanced to the title game with a dramatic 3-0 win over Granville Wednesday in a semifinal matchup. The game was scoreless going to the bottom of the tenth in what ESPN would dub an “Instant Classic.”
Gould and Granville freshman Lauren Bascom were locked in a scoreless battle until Whitehall’s at bat in the tenth. Under the high school softball tiebreaker rules, Olivia Whiting began the inning on second base. Kyrie Smith then singled. Next, Gould ripped a three-run home run over the fence in left-center field to hand Whitehall the walk-off win.
Gould struck out 21 Golden Horde batters in the circle.
Bascom was also superb for Granville. She scattered seven hits with 13 Ks and worked her way out of a bases-loaded jam in the ninth.
Smith and Ava Ruby both had two hits for the Railroaders.
Bascom had the only hit for Granville.