Whitehall sports round-up, May 18, 2023

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From left, Whitehall softball seniors Blake Bird, Ava Ruby, Jayden Hughes, Madi Gould, Braydee Benjamin and Vinna Jensen were honored last week before a game with rival Granville. (Photo by Jen Dickinson)

Whitehall seniors praised as the best

Whitehall softball co-coach Chris Bascue praised the Railroader seniors as the best Whitehall has ever had. It would be hard to argue. It was Senior Day for Whitehall as it hosted rival Granville in the season finale. Six student-athletes who led the resurgence of girls’ athletics in Whitehall were honored before the contest.

After the ceremony, the Railroaders hit the diamond and put the frosting on their perfect Adirondack League campaign as they blanked the Golden Horde, 12-0, in six innings.

Vinna Jensen, Madi Gould, Jayden Hughes, Blake Bird, Ava Ruby and Braydee Benjamin have been the core of a team that has lost only five games during their careers, and two of those came to Lake George in the league title game and sectionals while another came to Greenwich in the Class C sectionals, 1-0, last year. The Witches went on to win the state championship.

Whitehall took control of this game early, after Gould struck out the side in the top of the first.

Gould reached on an error and Ruby on a fielder’s choice that scored Gould to make it 1-0. Khloe Paddock followed with an RBI double and Jensen drove in another run. Bird used a fielding miscue to get on base and Benjamin singled for another RBI to extend the lead to 5-0.

The Railroaders tacked on four more runs in the second. Ruby led off with a single. Paddock reached on an error on a deep shot to centerfield that was dropped. Bird walked, then Benjamin nailed a two-RBI single. Jayden Hughes drove in a run on a groundout to make it 9-0.

Whitehall added two runs in the third and then finished off the Golden Horde with a run in the sixth.

Benjamin finished 3 for 4 with a triple and three RBIs. Gould, Ruby, Paddock and Bird contributed two hits each.

Gould spun a two-hitter with 16 strikeouts and did not walk a batter.

Megan Hover and Melissa Beaver had the hits for Granville.

Whitehall is now 9-0, 11-1. Granville is 5-4, 5-5.

See also “Whitehall wins softball league title”


Whitehall baseball team looks to next year

A Warrensburg runner slides into second base during last week’s game against Whitehall. (Photo by Jen Dickinson)

Whitehall closed out its baseball season last week with a pair of games.

On Monday Warrensburg scored two runs in the first inning and that’s all Brady Cheney and the Burghers’ pitching staff needed as they blanked Whitehall 16-0 in Adirondack League baseball.

The Burghers jumped in front early with a perfectly executed squeeze play and were never challenged by the Railroaders.

Warrensburg took advantage of several errors and mental miscues by the young Whitehall team, which started six freshmen.

“They’re good. But we give things away sometimes,” Whitehall coach Boyd Hunt said. “We’re getting there. We just have to cut down on those little silly things.”

Brady Cheney pitched three innings of no-hit ball and struck out seven to get the win. The big lefthander was dominant during his short stint.

Louis Lang and Daalten DeMarsh each pitched a scoreless inning in relief.

Caden Allen went 3 for 3 and drove in five runs for the Burghers.

DeMarsh was 2 for 3, drove in two runs and scored three runs for Warrensburg. Stevie Schloss chipped in two RBIs. Evan Lapell scored three runs.

Hunt and the coaching staff have already discussed the things the team needs to do in the off-season to come back stronger.

“We’ve got to do a lot of work in the off-season for next year. We’ve got to spend a little time on baseball,” Hunt said. “We’re already talking about things to do. They need to work on it.”

Warrensburg moved to 9-1, 14-1. Whitehall dropped to 2-7, 2-7.

On Friday Whitehall exploded for nine first-inning runs and went on to defeat North Warren 11-3 in an Adirondack League crossover game.

Tommy Barber went 2 for 3 with a double and three RBIs to pace the Railroaders.

Landon Rozell was 2 for 4 with a double, an RBI, and two runs scored., Cam Ellis was 2 for 3 with a double, a run and an RBI. Patrick Egan tripled, drove in a run and scored a run. Anthony Towle blasted a solo home run.

Tyler Hitchcock doubled for the Cougars. Wyatt Jennings chipped in a hit and an RBI for North Warren.

Whitehall improved to 3-8 with the win. North Warren is 0-12.


Whitehall advances in tennis tourney

Four-seed Whitehall advanced in the Class C-D sectional tennis tournament as it cruised past five-seed Hadley-Luzerne 6-1 on Saturday.

With the win the Railroaders move on to the semifinals Monday at top-seeded Maple Hill.

Whitehall won 4 out of 5 singles matches and swept the doubles matches.

Troy Austin topped Caeden Wilson, 6-2 6-4 in the No. 1 singles match.

In the No. 2 singles match Tristan Foote edged Jack Waterhouse, 6-4 6-4.

Allen Beaulieu defeated Hayden Winslow, 6-3 6-1 in the No.3 singles match.

Cash Burgey won the final singles match for the Railroaders, rolling over Carolina Lott-Diamond, 6-0 6-1.

Hayden Koder picked up the only win for Hadley-Luzerne by forfeit.

In doubles, the top Railroaders’ tandem of Gavin Kramer and Spencer Houghtby got past Matt Harder and Elena Starzec, 6-4 6-2.

Enzo Rehm and Kyle Lavin topped Jordanna Kenny and Sarah Starzec, 6-0 6-1 in the No. 2 doubles contest.

On Monday at the Adirondack League championships at Camp Echo Lake in Warrensburg, the Whitehall doubles duo of Burgey and Foote won the league title.

Burgey and Foote defeated Warrensburg’s team of AJ Moore and Jack Putney, 6-2, 6-1 in the championship match.

Burgey and Foote advanced to the final by topping Caeden Wilson and Jack Waterhouse of Hadley-Luzerne, 10-4. The pair took down fellow Railroaders Kramer and Houghtby, 10-1, in the quarterfinals.

Whitehall’s Troy Austin and Allen Beaulieu advanced to the semifinals before falling to Moore and Putney, 10-8. Austin and Beaulieu advanced to the final four by defeating Calvin Boucher and Preston Gulick of Argyle, 10-6.