Border Country Sports Report-April 23rd

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

Golden Horde Holde off Whitehall, Stay Perfect

The Granville softball held off a Whitehall comeback effort to stay perfect with a 5-4 win in Adirondack League softball Monday.

It was the first time pitcher Lauren Bascom and her senior teammates had defeated Whitehall in their careers.

“I’ve been trying to beat Whitehall since I was a freshman. This one feels good, especially since it’s my senior year,” Bascom said. “They’re still a great team.”

The Golden Horde struggled to hit Whitehall starter Khloe Paddock who is one of the top pitchers in the league early on.

“It took us a couple of innings to get on her but we found our groove,” Bascom added.

The game was scoreless for the first three innings as Bascom and Paddock battled. Granville finally broke through with with three runs in the third and tacked on one more in both the fifth and sixth.

Facing a 5-0 deficit in the seventh, Whitehall mounted a rally. The Railroaders loaded the bases with no outs. A pair of walks, errors, and wild pitches sliced the lead to 5-4 before Bascom struck out three Whitehall batters to close the contest out.

Bascom gave up just five hits while striking out nine. Paddock scattered seven hits and also struck out nine.

Melissa Beaver was 2 for 4 at the plate with a double for the Golden Horde. Megan Decker was 2 for 3. Bascom and Courtney Ennis doubled. Haylie Barber added a single.

Paddock was 2 for 3 for Whitehall. Marissa Eggleston and Mia Waters singled.

Granville is now 5-0, 6-0.

Hartford Recovers to Defeat Warrensburg

Hartford recovered from a slow start to defeat Warrensburg 11-8 in Adirondack League softball.

The Tanagers fell behind 3-0 early due to some fielding miscues, but out things together to collect the win.

Raeghan Liebig went 3 for 5 with a triple and two RBIs for Hartford. Liebig also earned the pitching win, striking out five.

Ava Nadeau returned to the Tanager lineup with a triple after being injured during basketball season. Cailin Severance had three hits and Arianna Raymond added two singles.

Warrensburg got a double, single and an RBI from Hope Sherman, and a triple by Chloe Rumble.

Granville Rolls Over Railroaders

Granville scored early and often as they rolled over Whitehall 22-8 in five innings in Adirondack League baseball. It was the fourth win in a row for the Golden Horde after an 0-2 league start.

Evan Norton drove in four runs and Trey Mason added three RBIs for the Golden Horde.

Norton and Donny Woodell each had two hits for Granville. Liam Farrell contributed a double.

Chad Monty and Jake Whiting tripled for the Railroaders, with Whiting driving in three runs. Patrick Egan added an RBI double.

“Every day is a one day at a time type of thing. We just keep playing what the schedule puts in front of us,” Granville coach Cory Burton said. “It was such an odd game. You had some things happen that you wouldn’t see in 30 years of watching baseball.”

Whitehall coach Boyd Hunt knows his young team has some things to work on to become competitive.

“We’ve got to figure out some stuff. We’re trying our best. When we throw strikes we do pretty well,” Hunt said. “We hit the ball pretty well. There’s no lack of hitting. We just need to throw strikes.”

Granville is now 3-2, 6-2. Whitehall is 1-4, 1-4.

Warrensburg Top Tanaforts

Warrensburg got a strong pitching performance from Brady Cheney as they blanked Hartford 10-0 in ADK baseball.

Cheney pitched a complete-game one-hitter with 10 strikeouts over five innings.

Cheney and Louis Lang both went 2 for 3 with two RBIs for the Burghers. Lang smacked a home run. Caleb Remington and Owen Jones doubled.

Spencer Fehl had the only hit for the Tanaforts.

Warrensburg is now 5-1, 9-2.

Argyle Stays Unbeaten in ADK Softball

Argyle kept pace with Granville, staying unbeaten in ADK softball with a 14-3 win over Lake George.

Grace Depew had three hits and Alexis Anderson added two to lead the Scots.

Olivia Duers and Mollie Johnson had two hits apiece for the Lakers.

Argyle improved to 4-0, 5-2.

Poultney Cruises Over Long Trail in Opener

The Poultney softball team opened the season in impressive fashion, cruising over Long Trail 28-2.

Kaylee Hunt and Jade Thomas had solid games at the plate for the Blue Devils.

Kait DeBonis picked up the win in the circle.

Poultney is 1-0 on the season.