Granville sports round-up, April 27, 2023

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Granville softball pitcher Ella Olsen tosses a pitch in the Golden Horde’s game against North Warren. (Photo by Keith Harrington)

Swain leads Horde in softball

Although Granville will still have a traditional Senior Day at the end of the season, the Golden Horde honored senior third baseman Raegan Swain last Wednesday. Swain will be on a trip to Hawaii later in the season, so this contest against North Warren was her day. Boy was it ever!

Swain had a pair of hits, drove in a couple of runs, and crossed the plate three times as Granville fought off a determined Cougars’ team 20-7 in six innings in Adirondack League softball.

“It was good. We all got along really good and everyone was there to hype me up and stuff,” Swain said after the game. “We had a couple of rough innings but after that we all just worked together to make it out to be a win.”

Several of Swain’s teammates also made important contributions as the Golden Horde used a balanced attack to obtain the victory.

It looked like that win Swain talked about might be an easy one. Swain opened the game by dropping a hit into shallow right field that she legged out to a double with aggressive base running. The Golden Horde took a 1-0 lead when Swain came around to score following a pair of passed balls.

The Golden Horde added a pair of runs in the second and third frames to build a 5-1 lead. In the fourth another senior, Lilly Strout blasted a home run, and Swain added another RBI hit to make it 8-1.

A four-run fifth inning extended the Granville lead to 12-1 and it seemed a run-rule game was in the offing. North Warren had other plans.

Golden Horde freshman Ella Olsen who got the start in the circle had been on cruise control for five innings, but North Warren’s offense came to life in the top of the sixth.

The Cougars took advantage of three Granville fielding errors, along with hits by Addison Swan, Isabella Tucci, Makayla Weidman and Laci Bruno to plate six runs, cutting their deficit to 12-7.

The Golden Horde responded in a big way. In the bottom of the sixth. Granville sent 10 batters to the plate and scored eight runs to end the game via the mercy rule. Jordan Chadwick and Melissa Beaver both had key hits during the rally. Beaver smacked a triple.

Despite the one difficult inning, Olsen pitched well in giving regular starter Lauren Bascom a day off. Olsen allowed just two hits and one run over the first four innings. She struck out 11 Cougars on the afternoon.

“She is very good for her age,” Swain said. “We’re very glad that she is up here with us to give Lauren a little break sometimes.”

Swain finished 2 for 2 with a fielder’s choice and a walk. Chadwick was 3 for 5 with three singles. Beaver collected three RBIs. Chloe Andrews added a single and two RBIs.

Granville was 2-1, 2-2 after the win. North Warren dropped to 0-3, 0-4.

Last Thursday the Golden Horde traveled to Lake George to challenge the traditional league contender Warriors. Swain was clear about what the Golden Horde needed to do to come home with a win.

“We really just need to keep our heads up throughout the whole game and not let one inning get us down, like the snowball effect, where one little thing turns into a bunch of mistakes,” Swain said.

Lake George had other plans, however. Shannon Starratt had a big day at the plate and Makena Barber handled things from the circle as the Warriors topped Granville 13-1.

Starratt was 4 for 4 with two doubles, two singles, and three RBIs.

Lake George blew the game open with a six-run fourth inning.

Barber, Mollie Johnson, and Mattison Stark contributed singles.

Johnson gave up just two hits in three innings of work to pick up the pitching win.

Olsen and Jordan Chadwick had the two Granville hits.

Lake George moved to 3-0, 3-1. Granville fell to 2-2, 2-3.

On Friday the Corinth softball team took Granville to extra innings before the Golden Horde exploded for eight runs in the top of the eighth to defeat the River Hawks 17-9 in Adirondack League action.

The teams were tied 4-4 in the top of the seventh, but Strout blasted a two-run homer to give Granville a 6-4 lead.

Corinth came back to tie the game in the bottom of the seventh on an RBI single from Cadence Wells to force extra innings.

Haylie Barber connected for a three-run home run in the top of the eighth to give the Golden Horde a 9-6 advantage.

Again Corinth rallied. Aubrey Lozier’s two-run double helped the River Hawks plate three runs in the bottom of the frame to make it 9-9.

The decisive ninth-inning explosion by Granville proved to be too much for Corinth to overcome.

Granville is now 3-2, 3-3. Corinth is 1-3, 1-4.

Horde baseball team off to perfect start

Granville took on three Adirondack League baseball foes last week and remained perfect on the season, defeating all three opponents, including possibly their biggest challenger for the league title.

The Golden Horde began the week with a game at the Ken Burch Complex against North Warren and scored early and often, rolling over the young Cougars, 18-0.

Granville pounded out 17 hits in the contest shortened to five innings by the run rule.

RJ Monger went 3 for 4 with two RBIs to pace the Granville attack.

Cody Nelson went 2 for 4 with four RBIs. Brent Perry was 2 for 4 with three RBIs. Caleb Nelson went 2 for 2 and crossed the plate four times.

Collin Norton and Logan Breton combined on a one-hit shutout for Granville. Breton struck out five and Norton two.

Granville improved to 3-0, 4-0. North Warren fell to 0-2, 0-2.

Granville remained unbeaten on the season Thursday, traveling to Lake George and defeating the Warriors 5-1 in a showdown of Adirondack League powers.

Caleb Nelson was outstanding on the hill for the Golden Horde taking a no-hitter into the bottom of the seventh before yielding a couple of hits to the Warriors.

Nelson finished with a two-hitter and struck out 14.

A four-run fifth inning by Granville was the difference in the contest.

Perry had a two-run single for the Golden Horde. Will Jennings added a key double.

Collin Norton and Alex Torres also doubled for Granville.

Brody McCabe broke up the no-hitter with a leadoff single in the top of the seventh. McCabe scored later in the frame on a single by Nick Wagemann.

Granville improved to 4-0, 5-0. Lake George was 2-2, 2-2 after the loss.

On Friday Granville took its show on the road again and blanked Corinth 9-0.

Granville took control with two runs in the third inning and four more in the fourth. The Golden Horde added a pair of runs in the sixth and one in the seventh.

Cody Nelson got the start against the River Hawks and pitched a complete-game three-hitter for the Golden Horde.

Trey Senevey had three hits and scored twice for Granville. Jennings went 2 for 3 with two runs. Perry recorded a pair of RBIs.

Granville raised its mark to 5-0, 6-0. Corinth is 1-2, 2-5.

Horde tennis team wins a pair

The Granville tennis team picked up a couple of wins last week, defeating Corinth and Warrensburg.

Granville edged Warrensburg 4-3 in an Adirondack League match Friday. Forfeits in the doubles matches proved to be the difference as the Burghers did not have a complete team.

The doubles pairings of Kathryn Hyatt and Lily Roberts, along with Anastasia Koutrakos and Andrew Rathbun, claimed wins by forfeit to give Granville the victory.

Warrensburg got singles wins from AJ Moore, Jack Putney and Andrez Krzypkowski. Granville responded with singles wins from Kierra Rice and Corey McMorris-Lawless.

The match against Corinth was also a tight one as Granville again won 4-3 on Tuesday. Once again doubles wins for the Golden Horde proved decisive. Corinth won three of the five singles matches, but Granville swept the doubles matches.

Rice and McMorris-Lawless again won their singles matches. Lily Roberts and Kathryn Miller won the #1 singles match for Granville. Koutrakos and Isaac Strout won the #2 singles match for the Golden Horde.

Corinth received singles wins from MJ Sprague, Alex Schiavi, and Michael Oulacha.