Granville awaits softball playoff fate
By Keith Harrington
Granville closed out the Adirondack League regular season softball schedule last week with a trio of games and now waits to see if they’ll be one of the four squads that qualify to play for the league championship.
Whitehall and Lake George have locked in spots, while Granville, Warrensburg and Salem are still alive for the third and fourth seeds. With their league slate complete it becomes a waiting game for the Golden Horde.
On Monday Granville’s Lauren Bascom and Warrensburg’s Kailey Bailey hooked up in a classic pitching duel, with the Burghers taking away a 1-0 win at the Ken Burch Complex.
Warrensburg scored the only run of the contest in the top of the seventh. Zailey Baker walked for the Burghers, Kara Bacon reached on a fielder’s choice and Kailey Bacon doubled to give her team a 1-0 lead. Warrensburg loaded the bases later in the inning, but Granville shut the door.
Haylie Barber walked to lead off the bottom of the seventh for Granville, but Bacon closed out the game from there. The Burghers ended the game on a 6-4-3 double play.
Kailey Bacon spun a 3-hitter with seven strikeouts for the Burghers.
Kara Bacon also doubled for Warrensburg.
Bascom yielded seven hits and struck out 14.
Lilly Strout doubled for the Golden Horde.
Warrensburg moved to 5-3, 7-3. Granville fell to 5-2, 5-2.
On Friday, Lake George bounced back from its first loss of the season to Whitehall by defeating Granville 6-2 at Ken Burch Field.
Shannon Starratt played a key role in the Warriors’ victory. Starratt was the winning pitcher, giving up just five hits and striking out 14, and she went 3 for 4 with a single, double and triple.
“Their bats came out in the end and they were hitting them in the gaps,” said Granville coach Brie Gould. “There is nothing we could have done about those hits.”
Granville led 1-0 in the second but Lake George scored one in the fourth to tie and took the lead with a pair of runs in the fifth. The Warriors put the game away in the seventh with three more runs.
Grace York was 2 for 4 for Lake George. Olivia Gates tripled. Samantha Gorey added a double.
‘‘They’re an awesome ball club,” Gould stated. “It’s fun playing them.”
Bascom was 3 for 3 for Granville and struck out seven in the circle.
Barber and Hannah Ingleston added RBI hits.
“The girls played hard. We came out and got the first run and that felt pretty good. It was just a battle,” Gould added.
Lake George raised its record to 8-1, 10-2. Granville was 5-3, 5-3.
Granville and Cambridge split a non-league softball doubleheader on Saturday with Cambridge winning the first game and the Golden Horde game two.
In game one Cambridge scored a run in the first and three in the third to lead 4-0.
Granville plated a run in the fourth and two in the fifth to pull within 4-3 before
Cambridge put the game away with three runs in the top of the seventh.
Lauren Archambeault picked up the pitching win, giving up just six hits and striking out 10.
Rachel Beaver pitched well for Granville, yielding just four hits with eight strike outs.
Melody Schinski and Bascom had two hits each for the Golden Horde. Melissa Beaver and Ingleston doubled.
Cambridge moved to 4-12 with the win. Granville fell to 5-4.
In game two Granville bounced back with an 8-1 win to gain the split.
Bascom pitched game two for the Golden Horde, tossing a 3-hitter with 13 strikeouts.
Reagan Swain was 3 for 4 with two doubles for Granville. Bascom and Megan Decker added two hits each for Granville.
Horde beaten, 7-3, by Lake George
By Keith Harrington
Lake George overcame an early three-run deficit to defeat Granville, 7-3, in Adirondack League baseball Friday at Ken Burch Field.
Granville coach Cory Burton would have loved the win but knows his team has been on a good roll this season.
“Luckily it came at the end of a good run, and it should add a little fuel to our fire,” Burton said. “We’ve got a tough week coming up. Hopefully we are in a good spot for the league tournament. We’ve got to take care of Whitehall first.”
The Golden Horde hosts the rival Railroaders Tuesday, but Burton is excited about his club’s prospects in the league tournament.
“It’s fun. Four team tournament. You’ve just got to win them both and move on,” Burton added. “It’s a good spot to be in.”
Granville took a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the second, taking advantage of a couple of Lake George fielding miscues. Gavin Cosey hit an RBI single and Caleb Nelson hit a sacrifice fly. Brent Perry also picked up an RBI in the inning.
Lake George responded in the top of the fourth. Matt Johnson singled in two runs to pull the Warriors within 3-2. Sheldon connected on an RBI double to hand Lake George a 4-3 advantage.
The Warriors added two runs in the fourth to lead 6-3. Brandon Lamby hit an RBI double in the frame.
Lake George added an insurance run in the seventh.
Johnson and Sheldon both finished 2 for 4 for Lake George.
Cosey and Alex Torres each had two hits for the Golden Horde.
Collin Norton pitched well in relief for Granville, giving up just one run in three innings, striking out two.
Lake George is 9-1, 10-1. Granville is 8-1, 8-2.
On Thursday against Salem-Cambridge, Caleb Nelson tossed his second straight one-hitter and Granville blanked Salem-Cambridge, 8-0, in league play.
Nelson finished the stellar performance with 18 Ks.
The Golden Horde scored a run in the third and it turned out to be all that was needed. Granville tacked on five more in the fourth and one each in the fifth and sixth.
Nelson was also 2 for 4 at the plate with a pair of RBIs. Avery Flory was 2 for 4 and drove in a run. Cosey added two RBIs.
Granville was 8-0, 8-1. Salem-Cambridge was 6-2.
Granville began the week by making short work of Warrensburg at Ken Burch Field, rolling to 12-3 win in five innings.
Cody Nelson picked up the win on the mound with seven strikeouts.
The Golden Horde plated eight runs in the second and three in the third to take control and never looked back.
Conner Farrell and Nathan Rathbun knocked in three runs each for Granville.
Caden Allen and Caleb Remington each had hits for the Burghers.
Granville moved to 7-0, 7-1 with the victory. Warrensburg dropped to 2-5, 4-5.
Granville track and field team competes
By Keith Harrington
It was a busy week for the Granville track and field team last week as they hosted a dual meet against Warrensburg, competed in the Cannoneer Challenge in Watervliet and the George Muse Relays in Glens Falls.
Against Warrensburg the Golden Horde girls team came away with a close 65-59 win.
In the 100-meter hurdles, Alex Weaver placed first for Granville. Madeline Johnson and Nicole Arnhold were second and third in the 100-meter sprint. Laura Arnhold was fifth.
Nicole Arnhold earned the win in the 400 meters, while Weaver won the 800-meter hurdles. Johnson won the 200 meters with Natalie Morin coming across the line second.
In the 3,000 meters, Amber Gibbs placed first. The team of Johnson, Morin, Gibbs and Laura Arnhold finished first in the 4×400 meter relay.
Nicole Arnhold, Laura Arnhold and Johnson were first, second and third in the long jump. Nicole Arnhold was first in the triple jump. Laura Arnhold placed second in the high jump.
Morin placed second in both the shotput and discus throw. Savannah Lotz was fourth in both events.
The Granville boys came up short against the Burghers, 104-24.
Nick Powers placed third in the 100-meter sprint. Alex Torres and Colin Valastro were third and fourth in the 200 meters. Carter Powell was third in the 400 meters.
Quinn Johnson was third in the 1600 meters. Johnson and Matthew Pietryka finished third and fourth in the 3200 meters. Pietryka was third in the 400-meter hurdles.
The Granville team of Torres, Powers, Ethan Gibbs and Quinlan Fitzpatrick finished first in the 4×100 meters.
Torres and Valastro were second and third in the long jump. Peyton Vanburne was third in the triple jump.
Fitzpatrick and Powers were second and third in the shotput. Fitzpatrick was second and Powers fourth in the discus.
On Friday in Watervliet, Amber Gibbs placed fourth in the 800 meters and fifth in the 1500 meters.
Saturday at the Muse Relays at Glens Falls High School, the Granville girls placed fifth in the 4×400 relay. The Golden Horde also placed 10th in both the girls 4×100 and 4×200.
Granville finished sixth in the 1600 sprint medley.
On the boys side, Granville placed 11th in the 4×100 meter relay, 4×200 meter relay, 1600 meter sprint medley and distance medley.
Fitzpatrick earned a seventh-place finish in the shotput relay. Powers placed 12th.