Whitehall seniors honored in baseball
By Keith Harrington
Four 12th graders on the Whitehall baseball team were at their Senior Day game last Thursday against Lake George, which pulled away late to fashion an 8-4 win.
Brandon Bakerian, Ethan Eggleston, Tyler Brooks and Tristan Briggs-Little were recognized prior to the game for their contributions to the Whitehall program.
Lake George led 4-1 after the first inning but Whitehall sliced the deficit to 4-3 in the third.
A four-run sixth inning proved to be the difference as the Warriors pulled away.
Max Dickinson earned the win on the bump for Lake George, striking out nine.
Brody McCabe and Matt Johnson had two hits each for the Warriors. Luke Sheldon had a pair of RBIs.
“I was proud of my kids, missing both infield corners and starting two JV kids, and yet beating a quality team on Senior Day at their field,” said Lake George coach Pete Puricelli.
Bakerian was 3 for 4 with a home run and drove in a pair of runs for Whitehall. Landon Rozell was 3 for 4 with a double and an RBI. CJ Monty also contributed a hit.
Lake George improved to 8-1. Whitehall dropped to 4-2.
The next day, Fort Ann’s Callon Sutliff held Whitehall to just two hits over six innings and the Cardinals cruised past the Railroaders, 11-1, in Adirondack League play.
Sutliff gave up just a single run in the first on a Bakerian RBI triple, then went on to strike out 10.
Hunter Charpentier, Jack Doran and Cullen Jackson had two hits each for Fort Ann. Dakota Winch doubled and drove in two runs. Dylan Brown added a double.
Jake Whiting had the other Whitehall hit.
Fort Ann raised its record to 5-5, 6-5. Whitehall dropped to 4-3.
Last Monday, Salem-Cambridge secured a spot in the league tournament by defeating Whitehall 10-3.
Salem-Cambridge came out of the gate quickly, scoring two runs in the first and three in the second to lead 5-0.
Salem-Cambridge extended the lead to 7-0 in the fourth, but the Railroaders scored three in the fifth to make it 7-3.
A three-spot in the sixth sealed the deal for Salem-Cambridge.
Jackson Thomas earned the pitching win for Salem-Cambridge.
Connor Chilson and Eli Danio smacked triples to lead the offense. Dillon Hughes was 2 for 4 with two RBIs.
Monty was 2 for 4 with a double and two RBIs for Whitehall. Eggleston was 2 for 3 for the Railroaders.
Salem-Cambridge was 8-2, 9-5 after the win. Whitehall was 4-4.
On Wednesday, Whitehall completed a suspended game against Corinth. The Railroaders were able to come from behind for a 12-11 win.
The game was suspended due to darkness with the Tomahawks leading 10-9 on April 27.
The Railroaders shut down Corinth in the top of the seventh then scored a run in the bottom of the frame to force extra innings.
Corinth plates a run in the eighth to take an 11-10 lead, but Whitehall answered to tie it 11-11 in the bottom of the inning.
The Tomahawks failed to score in the top of the ninth and the Railroaders pounced. Monty drove in Jake Whiting and despite the long wait, Whitehall came out on the winning end.
The win improved Whitehall to 5-5.
Whitehall league champs in softball
By Keith Harrington
The band Aerosmith’s 1974 song called “Train Kept A-Rollin” should be added to the Whitehall softball team’s collection played during their warmups. Friday at Moreau Rec, the Railroaders rolled to their 11th straight Adirondack League win to capture the circuit’s championship tournament with a 12-3 victory over Lake George.
The Warriors jumped out to a 2-0 lead two batters into the contest, but it was all Whitehall after that as the Railroaders claimed their first crown since 2019.
Unlike last year’s championship game where Lake George struck first and the Railroaders folded up their tents, on this day Whitehall showed the grit that comes with a year more maturity and experience.
“That was one thing I’m super proud of the kids for,” coach Pam Putorti said. “Last year we got down and they gave up. Last year we talked about that and this year they dug in, and they fought back.”
The contest got off to a rocky start for Madi Gould. Mattison Stark led off the game with a single for Lake George and Olivia Gates followed Stark by blasting a 2-run homer over the left field fence and it was 2-0 Warriors in the blink of an eye.
Gould was able to shake off the slow start and dominated after that. The junior felt that losing a game, 2-1 to Glens Falls earlier in their campaign, helped prepare the Railroaders for the situation.
“We lost a game this season so that helped. Last year we didn’t lose at all,” Gould said. “So we had experience for coming back.”
Come back they did! Whitehall made it 2-1 after Vinna Jensen walked and came around to score on an error.
The Railroaders grabbed the lead in the second. After the bases were walked full, Olivia Whiting hit a 2-run single to make it 3-2. Jensen then hit a ball to left field that seemed destined to leave the yard but was caught at the fence, and Gould at third and Whiting at second both tagged up and scored to extend the margin to 5-2.
In the fourth, Gould and Whiting walked. Blake Bird was hit by a pitch and Braydee Benjamin hit a 2-run single to make it 7-2. Ava Ruby drove in a pair of runs in the fifth. Khloe Paddock doubled in the sixth and came around to score on a Gould single.
Meanwhile, Gould was dealing. After the hiccup in the first Gould retired 15 of the next 16 batters, striking out seven of the next eight. The junior finished with a 3-hitter and 15 strikeouts.
The other Lake George hit was a Samantha Gorey double in the sixth that led to the third Warriors run.
“Yesterday at practice I was like okay, it’s time for revenge,” Whitehall pitcher Madi Gould said after the game. “It just feels good to beat them finally.”
Next, both teams move on to the Class C sectionals where they potentially could see each other again. The Railroaders and Warriors will find out Monday if they will be in the same bracket again.
Whitehall improved to 14-1. Lake George is 11-3.
In the league semifinals at home on Wednesday, Whitehall earned a spot in the championship game by easing past Warrensburg 10-3.
Gould spun a 3-hitter and struck out 12 as the Railroaders beat the Burghers for the second time and remained unbeaten in league play.
The game was scoreless after two innings, but Whitehall took a 4-0 lead in the third. The flood gates opened after that as Whitehall scored three more in the fourth and added a three-spot in the fifth to lead 10-0.
Warrensburg scored a run in the fifth and two in the seventh, but the damage was already done.
Whiting and Jensen both smashed home runs for the Railroaders.
Jensen was 3 for 4 with four RBIs. Gould doubled and singled. Brooke Benjamin also doubled for Whitehall.
Kailey Bacon doubled for the Burghers.
Whitehall moved to 13-1 with the win. Warrensburg fell to 9-5.
The Railroaders tuned up for the playoffs on Tuesday with a 3-1 non-league win over Hudson Falls. Whitehall defeated Schuylerville and Queensbury earlier in the season.
Gould pitched a one-hitter and struck out 12 to lead the Railroaders to the win.
Blake Bird was 2 for 4 at the plate for Whitehall. Braydee Benjamin had a pair of singles. Brooke Benjamin added an RBI double. Gould also doubled.
Madison Sawyer doubled for the only Tiger hit.
Whitehall raised its mark to 9-1. Hudson Falls dropped to 10-6.
On Monday, Whitehall began a very active week by closing out Adirondack League play with a 12-0 win at Salem in six innings.
With the victory Whitehall completed its second perfect Adirondack League campaign in a row. Last year the Railroaders fell to Lake George in the league title game but first basemen Blake Bird feels this year’s squad learned from that and is better prepared for this year’s playoff run.
“We’ve got to stay in our zone for sure. We can’t get too overconfident or anything, Bird said. “Last year we were undefeated in the league. And we got to the league finals and sectionals and lost both times. We need to make sure we keep our heads. We need to make sure we play our game and we don’t get over-confident.”
Against the Generals Whitehall scored two in the first and nine in the third to take a 9-0 lead.
In the first Jensen tripled to drive in Gould who had reached on an error. Jensen scored on a groundout by Bird to make it 2-0.
In the third Whitehall took advantage of a pair of Salem fielding errors and connected on four hits to blow the game open. Whiting led off the frame with a single. After Jensen reached via an error Bird smacked a single to plate two runs. Jayden Hughes added a two-run double and Brooke Benjamin an RBI single.
In the sixth the Railroaders parlayed a single by Bird, a pair of Salem miscues and an RBI double by Paddock to increase the margin to 12-0.
Meanwhile, Gould was putting together another impressive outing in the circle, carrying a no-hitter into the fifth when Sierra Phillips beat out a bunt single. Taylor Cary singled in the sixth for the Generals.
Gould finished with a 2-hitter, 14 strikeouts and no walks.
“We’ve been playing great lately. Our defense like you just saw had a great double play,” Bird added. “Even if we don’t get much action . . . because you know Madi is always striking them out. We’re still able to be ready on the spot when we do get the opportunity to play some defense.”
Whiting, Jensen, Hughes, Bird and Paddock all went 2 for 4 for the Railroaders.
Whitehall I was 9-0, 11-1 after the win. Salem went to 6-3, 10-5 with the loss.
Howland sets school record in 100 meters
By Keith Harrington
The Whitehall Track and Field team competed in a pair of meets last week and a new school record was set in one of them. The Railroaders hosted a meet with Lake George and Warrensburg on Tuesday and traveled to the Jack Irion Invitational at Queensbury on Saturday.
At the three-team meet the Whitehall girls split with Lake George and Warrensburg. The Railroaders fell to Lake George 95-27 but topped Warrensburg 44-30.
Samantha Howland had a stellar performance for Whitehall when she placed first in the 100 meters and set a new school record with a time of 13 seconds flat. Teammate Presley Gosselin was second with a 13.8. Dory Gosselin was fifth with a 14.8. Presley Gosselin also finished second in the 200-meters.
Howland also placed first in the triple jump with a mark of 34-6. Presley Gosselin took top honors in the high jump with a 4-8. Dory Gosselin was third and Julia Arquette fourth in the long jump. Arquette was third in the triple jump. Amelia Lyng and Alexis MacLeod tied for fourth in the triple jump.
Dory Gosselin was third in the shot put and fourth in the discus. Lyng was sixth in shot put. Quinn Egan was sixth in discus.
Ava Stone finished second in the 400-meter hurdles for Whitehall. Arquette was fourth in the 400-meter sprint.
The Whitehall boys dropped a 113-9 decision to Lake George and fell to Warrensburg 96-6.
Jake Huntington was fourth in the 200 meters for the Railroaders with a time of 25.1.
Logan Terry was fifth in the long jump with a mark of 12-10.
Elijah Albrecht placed sixth in the shot put and fifth in the discus.
At the Jack Irion Invitational, the Whitehall girls placed 10th out of 27 teams that competed with 27 points. Howland once again led the way for the Railroaders.
Howland placed fifth in the 100 meters with a time of 13.32 in the preliminary round and 13.54 in the final. Howland also won the triple jump with a mark of 35-2.
Stone was 13th in the 400-meter hurdles.
The team of Howland, Lyng, MaCleod and Presley Gosselin finished seventh in the 4×100 relay.
Gosselin had a strong performance in the high jump with a second-place mark of 4-8.