Border Country Sports Report-April 10th

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Good Morning! With the Border Country Sports Report, I’m Keith Harrington.

Tanagers Hold off Railroaders in Opener

The Whitehall softball team has set the standard in the Adirondack League for the past few years. This year things look a little different for the defending league champions as nearly their entire squad graduated last June. Only three players with varsity experience return to this year’s Whitehall team.

Hartford took advantage of a shaky start by the Railrladers and held on for a 6-5 win in the season opener for both teams.

With Whitehall, Lake George, and Warrensburg all in rebuild mode, Hartford coach Jaci Gebo is hoping her experienced Tanager’s team can be in the mix for a league title in a race that seems to be wide open.

“It does seem that way. My husband was asking me that the other night. He said who’s the team to beat and I said I really couldn’t tell you,” Gebo said. “There’s some teams that have a lot of girls returning like us.”

Unlike the last several seasons Hartford is going it alone after merging with Fort Edward for many years.

“Losing the merger did cost us a couple of big bats, but we gained a couple of girls back that didn’t play last year,” Gebo added.”

The Tanagers flexed their muscles early, taking advantage of Whitehall’s fielding miscues to score all of the runs they needed. Hartford played two runs in the first and four in the second to build a 6-0 advantage.

Railroader starting pitcher Khloe Paddock and the defense behind her calmed their nerves and didn’t allow a Hartford run the rest of the afternoon to close the gap. Whitehall scored a run in the second, two in the fourth, and two in the bottom of the seventh to make it a game.

The Railroaders had the tying run on third base with two outs in the final frame but Hartford pitcher Raeghan Liebig induced a groundout to thwart the rally.

Liebig earned the win in the circle, scattering seven hits, striking out eight, and walking three.

Paddock gave up six hits with 10 Ks and three walks for the Railroaders.

Regan Gebo was 2 for 4 with two RBIs for the Tanagers. Cassie Wade also drove in a pair of runs.

Mia Waters was 2 for 4 for Whitehall with an RBI. Paddock, Marissa Eggleston, Emily Lyng, and Haylee Pratt added hits.

Hartford is 1-0. Whitehall is 0-1.

H-FE Rolls Past Railroaders

Hartford earned their first win of the season as they rolled past Whitehall 14-5 in Adirondack League action.

Joe Allen picked up the win on the bump for the TanaForts. Allen gave up four hits while striking out six.

Aiden Swezey doubled, singled, and scored four runs for Hartford-Fort Edward. Braden Whitney added a single and drove in four runs. Zach Bartholomew scored five runs.

CJ Monty and Patrick Egan went 2 for 4 for the Railroaders.

Hartford is 1-0, 1-1. Whitehall is 0-1, 0-1.

Salem-Cambridge Tops Argyle

The Salem-Cambridge baseball team opened the season with a win, topping Argyle 13-4 in an Adirondack League contest.

Stephen Yakubec tossed a two-hitter over five innings and struck out 12.

Abe Cushing, Sawyer Saddlemire, and Hunter Thomas each had two hits for Salem-Cambridge. Cushing smacked a double. Saddlemire contributed three RBIs. Thomas drove in two runs.

Ben Cuthbert tripled and Brandon Saunders added an RBI single for the Scots.

Salem-Cambridge is 1-0. Argyle is 0-1.

Warrensburg Blanks Jags

Warrensburg stayed hot to start the season, blanking Johnsburg 18-0 in non-league baseball on Tuesday.

Caden Allen, Louis Lang, and Paul Moore combined to throw a one-hit shutout for the Burghers.

Allen was dominating in his three innings of work, striking out nine to record every out in his three innings on the hill.

Allen also had a solid day at the plate with a double, single, and two RBIs.

Brady Cheney tripled and singled for the Burghers. Caleb Remington added two hits, and Louis Lang tripled. Cheney, Remington, and Lang each chipped in three RBIs.

Warrensburg improved to 4-0 on the season.