Unbeaten Whitehall blanks Lake George
By Keith Harrington
The Whitehall softball team’s five seniors were honored prior to a home game on Tuesday against Argyle and on Thursday the Railroaders engaged in a first-place showdown with defending league champion Lake George in a battle of Adirondack League unbeatens.
Whitehall remained perfect in the league by avenging a pair of losses from last season, blanking Lake George, 7-0. Both teams entered the afternoon without a loss in league play.
Last year Whitehall won the first meeting between the teams 4-1 before Lake George won 7-0 in both the Adirondack League title game and sectional matchup. This time it was all Railroaders right from the start.
Gould was dominant in the circle and Jensen blasted a pair of key hits to spark Whitehall.
“Playing any team three times is almost impossible,” Whitehall coach Pam Putorti said after the game. “But nothing flusters these kids.”
Whitehall took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first. Olivia Whiting walked, and Jensen doubled to pick up an RBI.
The Railroaders added two runs in the second on a Braydee Benjamin single, a walk, an error, and wild pitch to make it 3-0.
Whitehall put it away in the fourth. After Whiting singled, Jensen smoked a two-run homer over the right field fence to make it 5-0. Blake Bird and Ava Ruby followed with consecutive singles. Back-to-back RBI singles from Jayden Hughes and Brooke Benjamin increased the Railroaders’ lead to 7-0.
Meanwhile, Gould was cruising in the circle, striking out the first six batters and finishing with 19 strikeouts of 22 Warriors. Gould flirted with a perfect game, but with two outs in the top of the seventh Shannon Starratt dropped a bloop single into shallow center to break up the bid.
It likely will not be the final meeting between the teams as they could meet in next Friday’s league championship game. Whitehall coaches Putorti and Chris Bascue feel very good about the win and where their squad is at.
“They play for each other. You can have the best players in the world but if they don’t play together, they’re not going to win a thing. These kids play for each other,” Bascue added.
With the Lake George victory and two others last week, Whitehall raised its mark to 8-0, 10-1. Lake George dropped to 7-1, 9-2.
It may have been Senior Day for the Railroaders on Tuesday, but the Scots came in with upset on their minds as Argyle got off to a quick start and made Whitehall work for it and come from behind for an 8-4 win.
The Scots jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first. After a pair of walks Lillianna Kingsley doubled in a run. Lindsey Milne followed that with a two-RBI single. Argyle extended the lead to 4-0 in the second on an RBI single by Kaitlyn Lindsay.
Whitehall got a run back in the bottom of the inning as Madi Gould doubled and scored on an Olivia Whiting groundout.
Gould came on to pitch for the Railroaders in the third, relieving starter Vinna Jensen, and she struck out nine consecutive batters as Whitehall began to rally.
In the bottom of the fourth, Gould led off with an infield hit and Whiting reached on a bunt single. Jensen drove in a run with a double to make it 4-2. Blake Bird picked up an RBI on a groundout and Ava Ruby dropped in a single to right to tie the game at 4-4. Brooke Benjamin then smacked a single to plate Ruby and the Railroaders took the lead and never gave it back.
“My first pitch I watched a beautiful outside middle ball go down and I said that was the one,” Benjamin said after the game. “The next pitch was just about the same pitch, and I put that right to centerfield to score Ava from second.”
Bird nailed a two-RBI double in the fifth after Gould and Whiting singled. Khloe Paddock added an RBI in the sixth to round out the scoring.
Gould earned the win in the circle with 13 Ks. She was also 3 for 3 at the plate.
Lindsay finished 2 for 3 and Kingsley 2 for 4 for the Scots.
Benjamin feels if the Railroaders can continue with the proper mindset that they are destined for postseason success.
“We just need to keep our heads up when we get down and just talk each other up when we’re in slumps. Positive words to each other. That’s what got us out of it today,” Benjamin said.
Whitehall moved to 6-0, 8-1. Argyle fell to 3-5, 3-5.
Whitehall closed out the busy week on Friday with a convincing road win over Fort Ann. The Railroaders used a big second inning to take control and went on to roll over Fort Ann 23-1.
Whitehall led 3-0 after a half inning and plated 12 runs in the second to lead 15-1.
The Railroaders added five runs in the fourth and two in the fifth to end the game via the Mercy Rule.
Jensen picked up the win in the circle, tossing a one-hitter with eight strikeouts.
Fort Ann is 2-7, 4-7.
Whitehall baseball senior night
Whitehall pair in line for doubles title
By Keith Harrington
The Adirondack League tennis championship matches have been set and a pair of Whitehall players will have a shot at the doubles title.
Railroaders Aiden Macleod and Troy Austin made their way through the field to reach the doubles championship match.
Macleod and Austin will square off with Caeden Wilson and Sean Frasier of Hadley-Luzerne.
In their first match, Macleod and Austin topped Tara O’Brien and Hannah Wilson of Lake George, 10-0. In the quarterfinals Macleod and Austin defeated Matthew Harder and Jack Waterhouse of Hadley-Luzerne 10-1.
Tristan Foote and Cash Burgey advanced to the quarterfinals for the Railroaders with a second-round win over Ben Randles and Carlie Depew of Argyle, 10-0. They fell to the paring of Wilson and Frasier in the quarterfinals.
The singles championship match will feature Connor Moulton of Hadley-Luzerne against Cole Schilling of Argyle. Moulton defeated Argyle’s Daniel Castrio, 10-1, in the semifinals. Schilling topped AJ Moore of Warrensburg, 10-0.
The championship matches were scheduled for Monday, May 9, at Queensbury High School.