Argyle advances behind Lexi Nassivera
By Keith Harrington
It has been quite a 10 months for Lexi Nassivera – the former Lexi McWhorter not only married Granville athletic director Justin Nassivera last August, now her Argyle softball team is two wins away from a state championship.
Lexi Nassivera coached and taught art in Granville before gaining the opportunity to return to her alma mater and hometown, and although the move had to be a difficult one, it appears to be paying off.
The Scots had already claimed a Section II title and Saturday punched their ticket to the New York State Softball Championships with a hard-fought 7-6 win over Section VII champion Bolton-Schroon Lake in the state regionals at Plattsburgh State College.
The Scots will now meet Section III champion Oriskany in the state semifinals next Saturday at 11:15 a.m. at the Moriches Athletic Complex on Long Island.
Early in the season advancing this far seemed to be a pipedream for the Scots. Argyle was 3-5 after losses to Adirondack League powers Lake George and Whitehall.
Nassivera’s squad has only lost once since then and have ripped off six in a row.
“It’s kind of surreal,” she said. “This group of girls are just so positive, so uplifting. They’re a family, they’re a team, they keep their spirits up. I never doubted them for a moment. Sometimes, when we get put into these ruts, we come back stronger and rally. So, today was definitely that type of day.”
Argyle came out of the gate strong, jumping out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning. Kylee Humiston tripled to plate Kate Lindsay to give her team a 1-0 lead. Lilly Kingsley and Skylar McDougall added RBIs to increase the Scots’ advantage.
Bolton-Schroon Lake responded with four runs in the second. After tying the game 3-3, Jadynn Egloff drove in Skyler Scott to give the Wild Eagles the 4-3 lead.
Argyle regained the lead at 6-4 in the fourth. Paige Cormie nailed a two-RBI single followed by an RBI hit from Humiston to put the Scots back on top.
The lead didn’t last long. Egloff drove in a pair of runs for Bolton-Warrensburg in the bottom of the fourth to tie the game back up at 6-6.
In the top of the sixth Humiston gave Argyle the lead, and eventually the win, with an RBI single to give the Scots a 7-6 lead they would not relinquish.
Maddy Eldred picked up the win in the circle, striking out seven and scattering seven hits to the Wild Eagles.
Humiston finished with two hits. Cormie recorded three RBIs and Kingsley one.
Argyle is now 10-6 on the season.
“We’re trying to take it step-by-step. I told the girls, game-by-game and inning-by-inning. We’re just going to try to live in the moment. I actually have three girls that are going to prom tonight,” Nassivera said.