Granville sports round-up, May 11, 2023

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From left, Granville senior baseball players Brent Perry, Collin Norton, Caleb Nelson, Alex Torres and Cody Nelson show off their nickname T-shirts at Senior Day. (Photo by Keith Harrington)

Seniors lead unbeaten Horde in shutout

It was a day to celebrate the Arctic Fox, Red Fox, Bolivian Nightmare, Rooster and General. No, it wasn’t an Animal Planet or National Geographic documentary. It was Senior Day at the Ken Burch Complex for Granville baseball.

The players who own the listed nicknames, Caleb Nelson, Cody Nelson, Alex Torres, Brent Perry and Collin Norton, then hit the diamond and led their team to a 13-0 win over Argyle in an Adirondack League contest.

The win kept the Golden Horde unbeaten on the season, but coach Cory Burton knows there are bigger fish to fry with the Adirondack League playoffs and sectionals just around the corner.

“We haven’t done anything yet. It’s nice to have the wins that we have, but there’s a lot of baseball to be played and we’ve got to do the right things to do it,” Burton said after the game.

Maintaining a high level of play when hindered by constant rainouts could be an issue for many teams, but Burton credits the leadership of his seniors for keeping his club focused.

“It was Senior Night today of course and we have five really good ones,” Burton said. “They keep everybody doing the right things, so it makes it easy to coach. When you show up they’ve got things set up. They’re ready to go, and that’s what keeps us rolling.”

Granville didn’t waste any time taking the lead over the Scots, scoring twice in the first inning, adding a pair in the fourth, then finishing off the Scots with nine runs in the bottom of the fifth.

Burton was pleased with the way the Golden Horde came out of the gate.

“Starting early is something that we don’t get to do often. I would love to start strong every time. Doing it today helped,” Burton said.

Perry had a productive day at the plate with three hits including two doubles. He finished with five RBIs.

Logan Breton added a pair of hits for the Golden Horde. Cody Nelson scored three runs. Torres and Will Jennings both chipped in RBIs.

Cody Nelson earned the win on the bump, firing a two-hitter with five strikeouts.

“Having Cody on the mound is always a calm and peaceful feeling,” Burton said. “He didn’t have his best stuff today. He figured it out. He worked very well and very efficiently, even not having that stuff. And that’s a testament to the defense behind him.”

Shea Squires had both hits for Argyle.

Granville raises its mark to 8-0, 9-0. Argyle was 3-4, 3-6.

Granville girls post 9-run inning

The Granville Lady Horde softball program honored seniors Jordan Chadwick and Lilly Strout on Senior Day at the Adirondack Sports Complex. (Photo courtesy of Granville Lady Horde Softball)

It was Strike Out Cancer Day for the Granville softball team and after an emotional pregame ceremony the Golden Horde, wearing specially designed pink jerseys, hit the field and took care of business.

Granville erupted for nine runs in the fifth inning to overcome a deficit and held on to defeat Argyle, 12-6, in Adirondack League softball at the Ken Burch Complex.

Melissa Beaver sparked the decisive rally with a leadoff single. Lauren Bascom, Haylie Barber and Megan Hover each doubled in the frame. Ella Olsen delivered the exclamation point with a three-run homer.

“It felt super good off the bat,” Olsen said of her key blast. “I think it really pumped our team up and gave us a win.”

Speaking of pumping the team up, Hover, a junior, played a major role as a leader in the dugout when the Golden Horde was mounting a comeback. She could be clearly heard trying to motivate her teammates.

“They (the coaches) just say whoever wants to do it, you know it doesn’t have to be a senior. It can be a freshman. It can be a sophomore or a junior. Anybody. When we’re down we need to get up and somebody needs to take the role,” Hover said.

Granville took a 1-0 lead in the first but a homer to left by Maddy Eldred tied the game at 1-1.

The Golden Horde extended the lead to 3-1 on an RBI hit by Bascom in the second and another from Lilly Baker in the third.

Argyle answered with a four-run fourth to capture the lead at 4-3 before Granville exploded in the fifth.

Olsen, a freshman, earned her second win of the week in the circle after coming on in relief to pick up the victory against Fort Ann a couple of days earlier. Olsen struck out eight Scots on the afternoon. She is pleased with the way things are going in her initial varsity campaign.

“I feel pretty good. It’s a good experience,” Olsen said.

Olsen finished 3 for 4 at the plate with three RBIs. Beaver was 3 for 4 with a double and two RBIs. Lilly Baker also drove in a pair of runs.

Eldred added a double to her home run for Argyle. Brooke Austin chipped in a double.

Granville improved to 5-3, 5-4. Argyle fell to 3-5, 3-5.

Last Wednesday afternoon Granville and Fort Ann moved their game inside to the Adirondack Sports Complex, where the Golden Horde came from seven runs behind in the sixth to claim an 11-10 win in walk-off fashion in league play.

It was senior day as Jordan Chadwick and Lilly Strout were recognized before the contest.

The Granville Golden Horde softball team held a ceremony before its Strike Out Cancer Day game against Argyle. (Photo by Keith Harrington)

Fort Ann entered the afternoon with only one win in league play, a 13-8 victory over winless North Warren. However, the Cardinals seemed destined to pull off an upset, fashioning a 10-3 advantage heading to the bottom of the sixth.

Granville then kicked things into high gear. The Golden Horde scored six runs in the frame to pull within 10-9. After Chadwick and Olsen reached base, Beaver drove in Chadwick to make it 10-4. Barber then doubled and drove in a pair of runs to cut the deficit to 10-6.

With still just one out and two on, Hover stepped up to the plate and promptly blasted a three-run homer over the centerfield fence to make it a one-run game.

“It felt really good. We were losing and I just really wanted to get ahead,” Hover said. “So I thought to myself before I went up to bat, you’re going to hit this ball. I watched it come in and I knew it was the right one.”

The timing of the hit couldn’t have been more perfect for Hover with her team needing it badly.

“It was very special,” Hover added.

In the seventh Fort Ann was not able to record an out. Olsen led off the inning with an infield hit. Beaver then singled up the middle and Bascom beat out an infield single to load the bases.

Barber then delivered the game-winning hit, plating two runs to hand the Golden Horde the dramatic come-from-behind win.

Bascom recorded 10 strikeouts for Granville. Olsen came on in relief to earn the win.

Barber finished with four RBIs on the afternoon.

Emma Blondin went 4 for 5 at the plate Fort Ann. Blondin also recorded 10 strikeouts in the circle.

Natalie Cody tripled for the Cardinals.

Granville raised its record to 4-3, 4-4. Fort Ann is 1-5, 2-5.