Granville tops Whitehall, 10-0, on Senior Day
By Keith Harrington
It was a busy week for the Granville baseball team. The Golden Horde closed out the regular season with a home game against rival Whitehall, then came up short twice in the Adirondack League Tournament.
On Tuesday Granville celebrated Senior Day in style, blanking Whitehall 10-0 at Ken Burch Field in the Adirondack League finale.
“They’re going to play together in the fall, but that’s a perennial rivalry with Whitehall and Granville in baseball,” said Granville coach Cory Burton. “We started seven seniors and two Nelsons so it was great for them to go out their last home game as winners, regular-season wise.”
Caleb Nelson pitched the first three innings for Granville, striking out the first nine batters.
Collin Norton pitched the final two innings, giving up just one hit and striking out two.
Connor Farrell was 2 for 4 with three RBIs for Granville. Norton was 2 for 2 with two doubles and drove in a pair of runs. Logan Harrington doubled.
Tyler Brooks and Landon Rozell had the hits for the Railroaders.
“I thought that was a good performance,” Burton added. “We had a great send-off. Banners, balloons, the whole nines. So, it was good to have seven guys that have been together, most of them since kindergarten, to take the field one last time all together.”
Granville raised its mark to 9-1, 9-2. Whitehall fell to 4-5.
On Wednesday, third seed Salem-Cambridge avenged an 8-0 loss to Granville earlier in the season, edging the second seed Golden Horde, 6-4, in the Adirondack League semifinals at Ken Burch Field. Salem-Cambridge took advantage of Granville miscues and used timely hitting to pull off the upset.
“It’s not like it was hard hit balls, but that’s the game of baseball. They put the ball in the air. They hit the ball a mile high a couple of times. The defense was in position, sometimes the play is just too hard to make,” Granville coach Cory Burton said after the game. “One and done is tough. It is what it is. You’ve got to win one and we couldn’t do it today.”
Salem-Cambridge led 1-0 after the first, but Granville took a 2-1 lead in the third.
A four-run fifth inning by Salem-Cambridge proved to be the difference. A Connor Chilson RBI triple was the big hit of the inning.
Seventh-grader Stephen Yakubec, who is 12, played a key role for Salem-Cambridge. Yakubec pitched the sixth and seventh to earn the save. He also had two hits and drove in three runs.
Dillon Hughes added two hits and two RBIs.
For Granville, Nate Rathbun, Avery Flory and Harrington each had two hits including a double.
“That’s a good team. I wish them luck. It wasn’t in the cards for us today. There’s a lot still in front of us with sectionals ahead. The goal was to win the league first. Now we just have to change our goal,” Burton said.
Salem-Cambridge was 10-5 after the win. Granville was 9-3.
In the Adirondack League playoff consolation game, Hadley-Luzerne avenged an earlier season loss to Granville, defeating the Golden Horde 8-3.
The Eagles opened an 8-1 lead after three innings and never let the Granville back in the game.
The teams traded runs in the first but Hadley-Luzerne scored two runs in the second and five in the third to blow the game open. The Eagles used five walks and a hit batter to extend their lead in the third.
Tyler Plummer was the winning pitcher, yielding six hits and striking out six. Ryan Lott-Diamond came on in relief to start the seventh, allowing one hit and one run.
Lott-Diamond was also 2 for 5 at the plate with two RBIs for Hadley-Luzerne.
Brent Perry was 2 for 3 for Granville. Caleb Nelson, Rathbun and Alex Torres each doubled.
Hadley-Luzerne improved to 8-5. Granville stood at 9-4.
Horde falls 3 times in softball
By Keith Harrington
After a solid season it was a difficult week for the Granville softball team as it dropped a trio of games, losing twice in the Adirondack League Tournament and dropping a non-league contest to Glens Falls.
In the league semifinals, Granville played a solid game but came up just short in a 2-1 loss at Lake George. Shannon Starratt of the Warriors and the Golden Horde’s Lauren Bascom hooked up in a matchup of two of the area’s top pitchers.
Mattison Stark nailed an RBI double in the bottom of the seventh to drive in Evie Burke with the game-winning run.
Lake George took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first, but the Golden Horde drew even in the fifth on a solo home run by Haylie Barber.
In the seventh, Burke singled for the Warriors and advanced to scoring position after a bunt by Alivia Dean, setting up Stark’s heroics.
Starratt earned the win in the circle, giving up four hits and striking out 12.
Stark was 3 for 4 for Lake George. Burke finished with two hits.
Lake George improved to 11-2. Granville was 7-6 after the loss.
In Friday’s consolation game, Granville was hoping to avenge a 1-0 regular season loss to Warrensburg but it wasn’t meant to be as the Burghers pulled away for a 12-5 win at Moreau Rec.
Warrensburg took a 6-0 lead in the top of the third and Granville plated five runs in the bottom of the inning to pull within a run.
The fourth inning proved decisive as the Burghers scored five more runs to take an 11-5 lead.
Warrensburg tacked on another run in the fifth to close out the scoring.
Kailey Bacon was the winning pitcher for the Burghers. Alonah Olden had a huge game for Warrensburg, going 5 for 5 at the plate. Leigha Barnaby and Hope Sherman both doubled for Warrensburg.
Reagan Swain doubled for the Golden Horde.
A bright spot for the Golden Horde was that Bascom, a sophomore, recorded her 100th strikeout of the season for Granville.
Warrensburg is 10-5. Granville closed the regular season 7-7.
Granville began the week with a non-league matchup with Glens Falls of the Foothills Council at the Ken Burch Complex. The Indians proved to have too much firepower for the Golden Horde, cruising to a 21-2 victory.
Gianna Endieveri earned the pitching win for Glens Falls by holding Granville’s bats to just five hits.
Ashley Bordeaux doubled twice for Glens Falls. Emmylou Richards smacked a home run for the Indians.
Megan Hover and Rachel Beaver doubled for the Golden Horde.
Granville loses meet to Corinth, Salem
By Keith Harrington
The Granville track and field team hosted a three-way meet with Salem and Corinth last Monday on Senior Night for the Golden Horde. The Granville girls split with its opponents, coming up short against Corinth, 84-41, but cruising past Salem 92-39. The boys team was defeated by the Generals 74-55 and by the Tomahawks 106-31.
For the Granville girls, seniors Nicole and Laura Arnhold led the way with strong performances in multiple events.
Nicole Arnhold finished third in the 100 meters with a time of 14.5. Laura Arnhold was seventh with a 15.4. Nicole placed first in the long jump with a mark of 15-1.25. Laura Arnhold was second with a mark of 14-5. Nicole Arnhold also took top honors in the triple jump with a mark of 29-8.75. Laura Arnhold was second in the high jump with a mark of 4’4”.
Amber Gibbs had a strong meet in the longer distance running events. Gibbs finished first in 1500- and 3000-meter events.
Granville’s Alexa Weaver was fifth in the 100-meter hurdles and fourth in the 800-meter hurdles.
In the 200-meter sprint Madeline Johnson was third and Natalie Morin was fourth.
Morin also placed second in the discus and third in the shot put.
Ashley Pratt finished fourth in the long jump for the Golden Horde.
On the boys side, Quinlan Fitzpatrick was first the shot put and the discus. In the shot put Fitzpatrick recorded a throw of 37-7. Fitzpatrick had a mark of 111-10.5 in the discus throw. Nick Powers was second in the shot put with a mark of 35-0 and fifth in the discus with a throw of 83-3.
The Golden Horde’s Carter Powell, Matthew Pietryka, Quinn Johnson and Tristan Teer finished second in the 4×800 relay.
Tim Pratt was second in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 17.8.
Johnson finished second in both the 3200 meters and third in the 1600 meters. Pietryka and Powell were fifth and sixth in the 1600 meters. Pietryka was fourth in the 3200 meters.
Pratt was third in the long jump and sixth in the high jump.
At the Jack Irion Invitational in Queensbury on Saturday the Granville girls placed 18th and the boys 24th.
Gibbs again was a bright spot for the Golden Horde. Gibbs was third in the 3000 meters and fifth in the 1500 meters.
The Granville team of Gibbs, Weaver, Morin and Madeleine finished 10th in the 4×400 meter relay.
For the Golden Horde boys, Pratt had the most notable showing. The freshman was ninth in the 110 hurdles preliminary with an 18:37. He also was eighth in the high jump with a mark of 5-03.00. Pratt placed 12th in the long jump.
The team of Pratt, Fitzpatrick, Powers and Ethan Gibbs placed 14th in the 4×100 relay.