Whitehall sports round-up, May 11, 2023

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Whitehall softball pitcher Madi Gould recorded her 700th career strikeout this week in a win over Warrensburg. (Photo by Keith Harrington)

Gould shines for Whitehall softball

Whitehall’s Madi Gould may or may not be a Star Wars fan, but she does wear number four on her jersey. So it’s only natural to believe that Gould would do something special on “May the Fourth Be With You” day.

She did not disappoint.

Gould blasted the first pitch of the game over the fence in center field and the Railroaders went on to defeat Hudson Falls, 6-1, in a non-league contest last Wednesday. Gould also fired a pitching gem.

Despite a long layoff due to the wet weather the area has experienced this week, Whitehall came roaring out of the gate.

After Gould’s solo homer, Ava Ruby beat out an infield hit, and Khloe Paddock doubled into the gap in right-center field to put runners on second and third. Vinna Jensen then smacked a home run to left to make it 4-0.

“There’s not much to say about it,” Jensen said after the game. “I just saw a ball I liked.”

Jensen’s home runs seem to leave the park at laser-like speed. When asked how she gets the ball to fly out of the park so quickly, Jensen had one brief explanation.

“I don’t know. I work out,” Jensen said with a laugh.

Rain has made it difficult for the Railroaders to get into the rhythm they usually enjoy at this point of the season.

“Yesterday we practiced outside in the rain. I said to them no other team is outside practicing in the rain right now,” said Whitehall co-coach Tim Martindale.

So what motivated the Railroaders to practice in the rain?

“Determination,” Jensen said. “And we don’t want to practice late at night.”

Meanwhile, Gould was doing what she does. The senior struck out five of the first six batters before giving up a bloop single to Lily Bump in the third. Gould finished with a three-hitter and 19 strikeouts.

Anna Winter accounted for the only Tigers’ run with a solo shot in the fifth. Madalyn Dudley added a single.

Paddock went 3 for 4 for Whitehall. Jensen was 2 for 4. Ruby and Blake Bird also contributed two hits each.

Whitehall is now 8-1 on the season and is right back in action today with a key Adirondack League game at Warrensburg. Hudson Falls is 7-6.

On Friday Whitehall continued its dominance in a showdown between two of the circuit’s top teams, blanking Warrensburg 12-0.

The Burgers entered the day with just a loss to Lake George on their league ledger. The game was moved to Warrensburg due to the Whitehall field being too wet from the recent rain. The Railroaders were not phased.

Whitehall jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning and were never challenged in rolling to their ninth victory.

Gould earned the win in the circle, striking out 13 for the Railroaders. Gould, who is headed to play softball at Castleton University next year, also recorded her 700th career strikeout during the game.

Ruby, Paddock, Jensen, Bird, and Braydee Benjamin all had two hits for Whitehall.

Madison Goodspeed tripled for Warrensburg. Leigna Barbary added a double for the Burghers.

Whitehall raised its mark to 7-0, 9-0. Warrensburg dropped to 5-2, 7-3.