Whitehall blanks Granville in softball
By Keith Harrington
Anytime Whitehall and Granville meet on the softball diamond it is a big game in the Adirondack League race. Fuel was added to the fire Friday as both teams entered the day unbeaten in league play. Whitehall used the pitching of Madi Gould, some timely hitting, and a few Granville fielding miscues to blank the Golden Horde 10-0 at the Ken Burch Complex.
The Railroaders and Golden Horde had cruised through the early part of their schedules, but something had to give in this one.
“This was the first game I was actually nervous for,” Gould said after the contest.
Gould was dominant in the circle and blasted a “no doubt about it” home run to deep center field to help her team ice the game. Gould also singled, doubled and tossed a one-hitter, giving up only a bloop single to Jordan Chadwick in the sixth, while striking out 14.
“It was low and down the middle, so I just hit it,” Gould said about her home run.
The game was scoreless until the third when Khloe Paddock led off the frame with a single and Gould followed with a double. After Blake Bird walked, Ava Ruby blasted a bases-clearing double and scored on a Granville throwing error.
“At first I swung at a pitch above my head and I’m like I’m not doing that again,” Ruby said of her clutch hit. “Then she (Granville pitcher Lauren Bascom) gave me an inside pitch that was kind of low and I just hit that to center.”
Whitehall increased its lead to 7-0 on a two-RBI triple by Vinna Jensen in the fifth. Jensen came in to score on the play after a Golden Horde error. Gould’s two-run blast made it 9-0 and the Railroaders tacked on a run in the seventh, taking advantage of two walks and an error.
Granville was not without highlights. Centerfielder Melissa Beaver made an incredible diving catch over the fence to rob Jensen of a homer. Rachel Beaver and Reagan Swain combined on a rare triple play with Beaver snagging a liner, then flipping to Beaver who tagged a runner and stepped on the bag to complete the gem.
Ruby also had an outstanding defensive play, making a diving stop of a Chadwick grounder in the third. Before that Jensen made a backhanded play deep in the hole at shortstop and through a runner out at first from her knees.
“I’m not going to lie, I just stuck my glove out,” Ruby joked about her slick fielding play.
Bascom recorded seven strikeouts for Granville.
Whitehall is now 5-0, 7-1. Granville is 5-1, 5-1.
On Wednesday Whitehall made short work of Corinth, 21-0, in another league matchup. The Railroaders took command from the start and finished off the Tomahawks in five innings.
Whitehall took a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the first and extended it to 6-0 after two. A 10-run third extinguished any hopes Corinth had of making a game of it. The Railroaders closed the scoring with five more in the fourth.
Gould fired a two-hitter with 14 strikeouts for Whitehall. She was also 3 for 4 at the plate with two home runs and six RBIs.
Ruby was 3 for 4 with three RBIs. Brady Benjamin was 3 for 3 with two doubles and five RBIs. Paddock and Brooke Benjamin contributed two hits each. Bird also connected for a double.
Whitehall moved to 4-0, 6-1 after the win. Corinth is 0-5, 1-6.
Hadley-Luzerne hands Whitehall first loss
By Keith Harrington
Hadley-Luzerne handed Whitehall its first loss of the season last week, blanking the Railroaders 7-0 in Adirondack League baseball on their home diamond.
The Eagles led 3-0 after two innings and added two runs in the fourth and a pair more in the sixth to secure the victory.
Ryan Lott-Diamond pitched the seventh, allowing a hit and striking out two.
Lott-Diamond and Mason Conklin both doubled for the Eagles.
Brandon Bakerian had two hits for Whitehall.
Hadley-Luzerne improved to 4-2, 5-2. Whitehall dropped to 3-1.
On Wednesday, Whitehall dropped its second game in a row, falling at home to Corinth 10-9 in another league game. The Tomahawks fashioned an early lead in the second inning and held off the Railroaders the rest of the afternoon.
Whitehall led 1-0 after the first, but Corinth put up a six spot in the second to take control.
The Railroaders scored three in the third to cut the lead to 6-4. However, the Tomahawks collected three runs in the fourth to make it 9-4.
Corinth led 10-5 heading to the bottom of the seventh when Whitehall scored four times in the frame to pull within a run, but Corinth was able to close it out.
David White earned the pitching win for the Tomahawks, going five innings and striking out 15. White was also 2 for 5 at the plate and drove in three runs.
Colby Walker was 2 for 4 with two RBI for Corinth. Mason Brownell also drove in a pair of runs.
Bakerian blasted a three-run homer for Whitehall. Jacob Whiting was 2 for 3 with an RBI. CJ Monty was 2 for 3 with a double.
Corinth raised its mark to 2-4, 2-6. Whitehall dropped to 3-2, 3-2.
Whitehall splits a pair in tennis
By Keith Harrington
The Whitehall tennis team split a pair of Adirondack League matches last week, edging Argyle and losing to Lake George.
Whitehall hosted Argyle on Wednesday and earned a close 4-3 win over the Scots. A win at the number one doubles spot proved to be the difference.
At the number-one singles spot, Cole Schilling of Argyle blanked Aidan McLeod, 10-0. The Scots were in control after Jake Durkee took down Troy Austin, 10-5.
Whitehall won the next three singles matches. Tristan Foote rolled over Daniel Castrio, 10-1, Allen Beaulieu defeated Ben Randles 10-5, and Anthony Jones topped Carlie Depew, 10-2.
The Railroaders put the match away when Cash Burgey and Spencer Houghtby defeated Gabe Burch and Cayden McWhorter, 10-4. The Scots won the final doubles match when McKenna McWhorter and Madison Branion edged Dory Gosselin and Gavin Kramer, 10-8.
On Friday at Lake George, Whitehall fell 5-2. The Warriors won three of the five singles matches and swept the doubles matches.
In the number-one singles slot, Christian Siletti of Lake George defeated Mcleod 10-4. At the number two spot the Railroaders’ Austin edged Zach Bruno, 10-8. Foote cruised past Danny Nichols 10-3 to give Whitehall the advantage.
The Warriors then clinched the victory by sweeping the doubles matches. Aubrie Murphy and Poe Tutu nipped Burgey and Houghtby, 11-10 (7-1). Antonio Chiaravalle and Antonio Caldaroni slipped past Kramer and Zeanna Baker, 10-7.