Whitehall sports round-up, April 27, 2023

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Whitehall softball catcher Mia Waters waits for a pitch in last week’s home opener against Fort Ann. (Photo by Jen Dickinson)

Whitehall dominates week in softball

Whitehall cruised past Hartford-Fort Edward, 18-0, in Adirondack League softball last Friday in Hartford. The Railroaders scored 46 runs in 24 hours.

Whitehall scored early and often in this one, plating four runs in the first, three in the second, and five in the third.

The Railroaders pounded out 20 hits on the afternoon.

Madi Gould spun a no-hitter for Whitehall with 12 Ks.

Gould was also 3 for 5 at the plate with a home run and three RBIs.

Vinna Jensen was 4 for 5 with two home runs, a double, and a whopping eight RBIs.

Khloe Paddock was 3 for 5 with a double and drove in two runs. Cheyenne Holman and Mia Waters added three hits. Braydee Benjamin and Jayden Hughes had two hits each.

Whitehall is now 3-0, 4-0. Hartford-Fort Edward is 2-2, 2-2.

On Thursday Whitehall won its third straight game to start the season, crushing a young Fort Ann squad, 28-1. The game was shortened to five innings by the run rule.

Both Gould and Jensen hit for the cycle for the Railroaders.

Gould tripled in the first inning, singled in the second, and smacked a home run and a double in the third as she collected five hits on the afternoon.

“I just knew to get in my zone and swing at my speed,” Gould explained after the game.

Jensen blasted a solo homer in the first, doubled in the second, then singled and tripled in the third to cap off her stellar performance.

Meanwhile, freshman pitcher Paddock was silencing the Fort Ann bats. Paddock gave up an infield hit in the first, then shut the Cardinals down in the second, third, and fourth. Fort Ann had three hits in the fifth as Paddock finished with a four-hitter.

Gould was happy to get a break from the circle to give Paddock her opportunity.

“Especially with next week when we have five games, it’s nice to have Khloe help out a little bit.”

Paddock is excited to do her part in the circle when called upon.

“I’m just here to help out wherever I can really,” Paddock added.

Benjamin nearly hit for the cycle as well. Benjamin singled, doubled and tripled for the Railroaders.

Waters and Hughes had two hits each for Whitehall.

Gould was short and to the point when questioned about Whitehall’s intentions for the season.

“Win it all,” Gould said.

It was just the third game of the season for the Railroaders as rainouts and spring break have caused the season to get off to a slow start, but Gould knows there is more to come for the veteran squad.

“We’re pretty solid, but we’re just getting started,” Gould said.

That could be bad news for the rest of the teams in the area.

Whitehall was 2-0, 3-0 after the win. Fort Ann fell to 0-3, 1-3.

In a non-league battle of teams coming off outstanding seasons a year ago, Whitehall defeated Glens Falls of the Foothills Council 4-1 last Tuesday at the Morse Athletic Complex.

Gould fired a two-hitter for the Railroaders and struck out 12.

Whitehall led 2-0 before a two-run homer by Jensen in the seventh put them in control.

Paddock was 3 for 4 for Whitehall.

The Railroaders scored runs in the third and fourth to take the lead.

Lily Canale and Emylou Richards had the only hits for Glens Falls.

Whitehall was 2-0 overall after the victory. Glens Falls dropped to 4-3.


Young Whitehall baseball team competitive

Hartford-Fort Edward pitcher Joe Allen fires a pitch against Whitehall last week. (Photo by Keith Harrington)

Whitehall’s baseball team may be young, but no one can question their fight. Despite starting six freshmen and not having an experienced pitching staff, the Railroaders are competitive every time they step between the lines.

Last Friday afternoon against Hartford-Fort Edward at Bob Wilkins Field, Whitehall twice faced large deficits but continued to battle before falling to the Tanaforts 9-7 in Adirondack League baseball.

“You know we start six freshmen. Sometimes we’re on and sometimes we’re off. But you know we’re getting it,” Whitehall coach Boyd Hunt said after the game. “We’re trying to piece things together. We’re getting there.”

After scoring a run in the bottom of the first, Hartford-Fort Edward pushed across four runs in the second to take a 4-0 advantage.

The Tanaforts added three runs in the sixth to lead 9-3, and it appeared they had the game in their pocket.

The Railroaders refused to go away. Whitehall scored four runs to close the gap in the top of the seventh before Hartford-Fort Edward finished the job.

Joe Allen pitched 6 1/3 innings with eight strikeouts to earn the pitching win. Allen finished with eight strikeouts for the Tanaforts.

CJ Monty was 2 for 4 with a double for Whitehall.

“We’re in every game. We’ve been in every game until about the fifth or sixth inning a lot of times,” Hunt added. “Then something will go a little haywire. But we’ll get it together.”

Hartford-Fort Edward improved to 2-2, 2-2. Whitehall fell to 0-3, 0-3.

On Thursday Fort Ann pounded out 14 hits to pull away and defeat Whitehall 19-4 in Adirondack League baseball.

The Railroaders were in the game until the late innings when Fort Ann pulled away.

“We’ve just got to be patient. They’re going to come around,” Hunt said. “We’ll have a lot of years with these younger kids. They’ve just got to figure things out. And they’re starting to. You can see glimpses of good things.”

Josh Dornan had four hits for the Cardinals. Dylan Brown added three hits.

Callon Sutliff earned the win on the bump. Sutliff went the distance, giving up eight hits.

Garrett Brown went 2 for 4 with four RBIs for Fort Ann.

Monty, Anthony Towle and Patrick Egan had two hits apiece for Whitehall. Towle tripled.

Fort Ann improved to 3-1, 3-1 on the season. Whitehall was 0-2, 0-2 after the loss.


Whitehall wins two on tennis court

The Whitehall tennis team picked up a pair of victories last week, sweeping Hadley-Luzerne and Warrensburg.

On Friday the Railroaders defeated Hadley-Luzerne 4-3, winning four of the five singles matches. Troy Austin, Tristan Foote, Allen Beaulieu and Cash Burgey all won singles matches for the Railroaders.

Hayden Kader picked up a forfeit singles win for the Eagles. Hadley-Luzerne swept both singles matches as Matthew Harder and Elena Starze, along with Jordanna Kenny and Sarah Abbott, were victorious.

Earlier in the week Whitehall topped Warrensburg 4-2. The Railroaders won all but one singles match. Foote, Beaulieu, Spencer Houghtby and Austin Barber won singles matches for Whitehall. AJ Moore picked up the only win for the Burghers in singles.

There were no doubles matches. Matthew Sharron and Hayden LaMountain of Warrensburg received a forfeit win. Neither team had a second doubles pairing.


All-state girls named in basketball

Whitehall girls basketball player Samantha Howland was named to the New York State Class C All-Stars. (Photo by Jen Dickinson)

The New York Girls Basketball All-State teams have been announced, and local teams were well represented in Class C.

Whitehall junior forward Samantha Howland made the 10th team for Class C. Howland averaged 16.3 points per game and led the Railroaders to an Adirondack League title and the sectional finals.

Other players from the Adirondack League who were honored in Class C were Corinth junior forward Emily Dingmon, the Adirondack League MVP who was named to the all-state fifth team, along with Warrensburg sophomore Eliana York and senior Kara Bacon, who won honorable mention in Class C.

Hadley-Luzerne senior forward Jordanna Kenny also earned honorable mention.

Three players from Section II champion Greenwich earned Class C recognition. Senior guard Norah Niesz, the Wasaren League MVP, made the all-state second team. Freshman guard Brooke Kuzmich was named to the third team. Junior guard Adrianna Rojas made the seventh team.

Cambridge senior point guard Schuylar Nolan made the 12th team.

In Class A Hudson Falls junior guard Seneca Williamson made the 17th team.


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