Horde baseball team wins first three
By Keith Harrington
Granville had a very successful 2021 baseball season, finishing with an 11-3 mark after falling to Fonda-Fultonville in the sectionals. Expectations are high again for the Golden Horde this spring and the team got off to a positive start last week by sweeping a trio of Adirondack League opponents.
On Monday the Golden Horde opened the season on the big stage of East Field in Glens Falls, shutting out Fort Ann, 13-0, in a game shortened to six innings by the run rule.
Granville took command from the opening pitch, plating six runs in the first and single runs in the second and third innings to lead 8-0.
Granville finished off the Cardinals by tacking on five more runs in the fifth.
Caleb Nelson earned the win on the mound. Nelson gave up just three hits and struck out seven.
Nelson also went 3 for 3 at the plate and drove in a pair of runs. Logan Harrington and Nate Rathbun both went 2 for 4. Harrington drove in two runs and Rathbun added an RBI. Alex Torres contributed a double.
Ryan Blondin had a hit for Fort Ann.
Granville was 1-0 after the win. Fort Ann was 0-1.
On Tuesday Granville cruised to its second win of the young season, defeating Corinth, 11-1, in a league matchup at Ken Burch Field.
The Golden Horde put this one away early, scoring five runs in the first and two more in the second to lead 7-0 and never looked back.
The runs were more than enough for starting pitcher Cody Nelson, who earned the win on the bump, scattering six hits.
Caleb Nelson went 3 for 3 at the plate for Granville. Avery Flory was 3 for 3 and drove in two runs. Brent Perry celebrated his birthday with two hits and two RBIs.
Granville moved to 2-0, 2-0. Corinth is 0-2, 0-2.
Granville concluded their busy week on Friday as they went on the road to defeat Hadley-Luzerne, 10-1, in another league contest.
A four-run fourth inning proved to be a key for the Golden Horde. Flory and Gavin Cosey drove in runs in the frame.
Caleb Nelson started on the bump for the Granville, going five innings, giving up just five hits and one run while striking out nine. Cody Nelson also pitched two innings, striking out two.
Cosey was 3 for 4 on the afternoon with a pair of doubles for Granville. Conner Farrell, Rathbun and Caleb Nelson also had multiple hits for the Golden Horde. Colin Norton added a double.
Tyler Plummer was 2 for 4 for the Eagles.
Granville raised its mark to 3-0, 3-0 on the season. Hadley-Luzerne dropped to 1-1, 2-1.
Granville starts 2-0 in softball
By Keith Harrington
The Granville softball team started slowly but gradually got their bats rolling and pulled away to blank Fort Ann, 9-0, last Monday afternoon in the opening game of the season for both teams.
Granville coach Bri Gould said the early spring and being able to get on the field sooner than usual was a key component of her team’s success.
“I feel like we did pretty well,” Gould said. “Luckily this year have gotten out on the field probably the most that we have in years past. Our fields are maintained great. They do a great job of maintaining them so we’re able to get out there as soon as possible.”
Granville scored single runs in each of the first three innings, added another in the fifth, three in the sixth and two in the seventh.
Lauren Bascom earned the win in the circle, allowing just three hits and striking out 11. Bascom pitched out of a pair of bases-loaded jams to preserve the shutout.
“Staying focused I think is key, and then not getting in my head and stuff works the best, and calling the right pitches,” Bascom said.
The job of calling those pitches falls to catcher Haylie Barber.
Barber was 2 for 4 at the plate with a pair of doubles. Bascom, Megan Hover, Jordan Chadwick, and Hannah Ingleston also smacked doubles for the Golden Horde.
“The first thing that we said from the jump from the first day of practice is our bats are always a little bit behind but this year we’re really focusing on getting that jump, from the start,” Gould said. “Hitting that first pitch. Not waiting and getting out and getting the lead right in the first few innings.”
Maddie Freeburn doubled for Fort Ann.
Granville moved to 1-0 with the win. Fort Ann fell to 0-1.
On Tuesday Granville lost a 5-2 lead in the top of the seventh, then rallied in the bottom of the frame to claim a hard-fought 9-8 victory over Corinth in a league game at Ken Burch Field.
The Golden Horde led 5-0 after three and 5-2 in the seventh. Corinth, however, scored six runs in the seventh to take an 8-5 advantage.
Granville refused to fold, scoring four runs in their final at bat to win their second straight game to open the season.
Bascom again picked up the win in the circle, giving up five hits and striking out 11.
Jordan Chadwick led the way at the plate, going 3 for 4 with a triple. Rachel Beaver also tripled, while Bascom, Barber and Lilly Strout each doubled.
Chloe Manning was 3 for 4 for the Tomahawks. Tegan Grady doubled and had seven strike outs in the circle.
Granville is now 2-0, 2-0. Corinth is 0-2, 0-2.
Horde loses three on tennis court
By Keith Harrington
It was a difficult start to the season for the Granville tennis team last week as they were swept in a trio of Adirondack League matches.
The Golden Horde opened on Monday at home and were blanked 7-0 by Corinth.
MJ Sprague defeated Gemma Castillo 10-0, Smolinski cruised past Kerri Jennings 10-0, Schiavi topped Bella Ricketts 10-2, Barger slipped past Kierra Rice 10-3 and Bovee won by forfeit.
In doubles, Duncan Peterson and David Frye won for Corinth over Ana Koutrakos and Laura Arnold. The second doubles match was a forfeit for the Tomahawks.
Corinth was 1-0 after the win. Granville was 0-1.
On Tuesday Granville was beaten 7-0 by Argyle on the Scots’ home courts.
Cole Schilling, Jacob Durkee, Daniel Castro, Ben Randles and Carlie Depew earned singles wins for the Scots.
Schilling shut out Castillo 10-0, Durkee defeated Rickets 10-1 and Castrio blanked Rice 10-0. Randles and Depew won by forfeit.
In doubles, Gabe Burch and Cayden McWhorter defeated Kerri Jennings and Aspen Williams 10-0. McKenna McWhorter and Madison Branion topped Koutrakos and Arnhold 10-1.
Argyle improved to 2-0. Granville fell to 0-2.
The Golden Horde closed out the week with a 7-0 loss at Hadley-Luzerne on Friday.
In singles, it was Connor Moulton over Castillo 10-0, Sean Frasier defeated Rickets 10-0 and Katrin Schreiner blanked Rice 10-0.
Carolina Lott-Diamond and Wyatt Moore won by forfeit for the Eagles.
In doubles play, Hayden Kader and Hayden Winslow got past Williams and Kerri Jennings 10-0, while Matthew Harder and Jack Waterhouse defeated Arnold and Koutrakos 10-0.
Hadley-Luzerne raised its record to 3-0.