Granville still seeking first victory
By Keith Harrington
Granville opened the tennis season last week by dropping matches to Lake George, Johnsburg and Warrensburg.
Lake George won a 7-0 decision, sweeping all five singles matches and both doubles contests.
The Warriors’ Christian Siletti topped Gemma Castillo, 10-1, Danny Nichols blanked Kierra Rice, 10-0, and Sam Knauf was victorious over Laura Arnhold, 10-1.
Aubrie Murphy shut out Ana Koutrakos, 10-0, and Poe Tutu won by forfeit.
In doubles matches, Lake George’s Antonio Chiaravallle and Tara O’Brien defeated Aspen Williams and Keri Jennings, 11-9. Taylor McLarty and JC Gambino won by forfeit for the Warriors.
At home against Johnsburg, Granville fell 6-0 to the Jaguars.
Gabe Powers topped Castillo, 10-2, for Johnsburg. Eli Morin defeated Bella Ricketts, 10-1, Gage Morris slipped past Arnhold, 10-1, and Clay Morin beat Koutrakos, 10-2.
Francis Volcheck earned a forfeit win for the Jaguars.
In doubles, Evin Morehouse and Cole Sears defeated Kerri Jennings and Aspen Williams, 10-3.
On Wednesday, Granville dropped a 5-1 decision to Warrensburg in a match held at Echo Lake.
Ashlyn Brewster picked up a win by forfeit for Warrensburg.
In the only doubles match, Kerri Jennings and Aspen Williams earned a win over Nathaniel Robinson and Matt Sharron 10-1.
Horde’s pitching, key hit beat Hartford
By Keith Harrington
Caleb Nelson flirted with a no-hitter and Alex Torres struck the big blow at the plate as Granville fought off Hartford-Fort Edward in Adirondack League baseball last Wednesday at Bob Wilkins Field.
Nelson took a no-hitter into the seventh inning before the TanaForts got their first hit of the contest. The junior went the distance, striking out 13 and not allowing a walk in a 2-0 victory.
“We have been strong on the hill and in the field. Our pitchers have been great on the bump and the boys have really played great defense behind them,” said Granville coach Cory Burton.
Burton knows that a strength of his squad is the pitching staff but feels that the commitment of the defense behind them has also been a key.
“Nate Rathbun has made some incredible plays at second, all of our outfielders are responsible for some diving grabs, it’s nice to see and it starts in practice,” Burton said. “They take pride in making good plays no matter the situation. I love that every one of them is willing to get dirty.”
The game was scoreless after three innings as Hartford-Fort Edward’s Ed Amell was also pitching a strong game. Granville plated a run in the top of the fourth on an RBI single from Brent Perry to take a 1-0 lead.
The Golden Horde clung to the one run lead until Alex Torres blasted a home run in the seventh to extend the narrow lead to 2-0. It turned out to be all that Nelson needed.
Bryce Tyler had the only hit for Hartford when he dropped a single into right field in the bottom of the seventh.
Amell scattered five hits on the bump and struck out 12 for the TanaForts.
Nelson added two hits for Granville. Conner Farrell also singled.
“It’s amazing to think we are now beyond the halfway mark,” Burton added. “The weather hasn’t been great, and we’ve been a busy group so it’s nice to come out on the winning side of some early league games as they are tough for everyone.”
Granville is now 6-0, 6-1. Hartford-Fort Edward dropped to 2-4, 3-5.
On Monday, Granville fell behind early but rallied to top Argyle 10-3 in a league matchup. The Golden Horde stays unbeaten in league play with the win.
Logan Harrington was the winning pitcher, going five innings, giving up four hits and striking out five.
Torres blasted a grand slam homer for Granville and finished 2 for 3 with four RBIs.
Harrington and Nate Rathbun both doubled. Dylan Procella was 1 for 3 and drove in a pair of runs.
Ben Cuthbert tripled for the Scots. Nate Stanley doubled.
Granville moved to 5-0, 5-1 after the win. Argyle fell to 1-4, 2-5.
Horde softball team continues to roll
By Keith Harrington
Granville set up its softball showdown with Whitehall by traveling to Hartford and disposing of Hartford-Fort Edward 14-1 in five innings in Adirondack League play.
Granville got out of the gate quickly scoring four runs in the top of the first. Jordan Chadwick led off with a single and Melissa Beaver and Reagan Swain followed with walks. Lilly Strout picked up an RBI on a groundout, then Haylie Barber ripped a two-RBI single to make it 3-0 Golden Horde. Melody Schinski followed with an RBI single to make it 4-0.
“The girls brought their bats out right from the beginning,” said Granville coach Brie Gould. “It was a cold game with the wind but the girls never complained or used that as an excuse.”
Hartford-Fort Edward got a run back in the bottom of the first on an RBI double by Ava Nadeau. That would be all the scoring for the TanaForts against Granville starter Lauren Bascom.
Granville gradually widened the gap, picking up an unearned run in the second, then got RBIs from Chadwick, Melissa Beaver and Swain in the third to increase the lead to 8-0.
Rachel Beaver and Barber drove in runs in the fourth to give Granville an 11-0 advantage.
Granville closed in on a Mercy Rule win in the fifth by plating five runs, taking advantage of three walks and getting RBI hits from Barber and Melissa Beaver.
Bascom shut down Hartford-Fort Edward in the bottom of the fifth to close out the game. Bascom gave up just two hits and struck out eight.
“It just goes to show the dedication and determination this team has for this sport,” Gould said about her squad’s effort despite the conditions. “I’m proud of them.”
Barber finished 3 for 4 for Granville. Melissa Beaver, Chadwick and Schinski added two hits each.
Granville raised its mark to 5-0, 5-0 with the win. Hartford-Fort Edward moved to 2-5, 2-6.
Bascom had a banner performance for the Golden Horde, earning the win in the circle and going 5 for 5 at the plate with a home run, double and three RBIs. Barber was 4 for 5 with five RBIs. Strout was 3 for 5 with a homer and two RBIs. Rachel Beaver added three hits including a double. Swain smacked a pair of triples for the Golden Horde.
Lillianna Kingsley tripled for Argyle. Kylee Humiston was 4 for 4. Kaitlyn Lindsay was 2 for 5 with a double and two RBIs.
Granville was 4-0, 4-0 after the win. Argyle fell to 2-3, 2-3.