Eight is Enough to Lead Railroaders to Win

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By Keith Harrington

Some fans may remember the hit television show “Eight is Enough.” Friday evening the Whitehall softball team treated fans to their version of the American comedy-drama series.

The Railroaders played with eight players from the top of the first on, but that was more than enough to fashion an 11-3 win over the Flying Forts in a crucial Adirondack League contest. It was the fifth consecutive win for Whitehall.

The win keeps the defending champions alive in the race for the final two spots in the league championship tournament.

With only nine players dressed, catcher Bella Spitoleri who was filling in behind the plate for regular starter Mia Waters, injured her ankle sliding into second base in the top of the first and was lost for the remainder of the game. With no substitutes an out was recorded every time Spitoleri’s spot came up in the batting order.

It didn’t matter. The pitching of Marissa Eggleston and a balanced offensive attack took care of business for the Railroaders who pounded out 11 hits. Nine different players recorded hits. 11 walks also benefited the winners.

Eggleston was dominant in the circle for Whitehall, spinning a 3-hitter and striking out a career-high 13.

“It was a good win. It helped with my confidence a little,” Eggleston said after the game.

The solid outing from Eggleston allowed Railroader ace Khloe Paddock to take a day off to rest up for a critical game against Corinth on Monday, followed by a potential playoff game.

“I got to rest up for next week. We have a long week ahead of us, and it’s definitely going to be a hard week,” Paddock said. “It was good to have Marissa help me out. And I think it was good for her to know that she has a team behind her.”

Even though she didn’t pitch Paddock still left her stamp on the contest. The sophomore was 3 for 3 at the plate, with a single, double, triple, and two RBIs.

Despite losing six starters and getting off to a slow start, Paddock is not surprised that the Railroaders are back in the title hunt.

“I knew we had the talent. We just needed to learn how to work together as a team and really build on it,” Paddock explained. “

Eggleston, Lily Lavin, and Emily Lyng also doubled for Whitehall. Lyng was 2 for 4 with a pair of RBIs.

Sydney Ellis, a call-up from the junior varsity squad took over catching duties for the Railroaders and did a stellar job.

Even with the loss the future is bright for the Lady Forts. Fort Edward has 10 freshmen listed on the roster, one of them being pitcher Stella Mullen. Third baseman Kyley Varney was outstanding, making several eye-opening plays at the hot corner.

Natalie Durkee was 2 for 3 with a triple and an RBI for Fort Edward.

The Railroaders sit a half-game behind Fort Ann and Argyle but can finish tied with the Cardinals and Scots with a win over Corinth on Mondays. Whitehall defeated Fort Ann but fell to Argyle this season.

Whitehall raised their mark to 7-3, 7-4.