Hudson Falls shuts down Johnstown, 4-0

JOHNSTOWN – After pounding out 14 hits in Saturday’s 13-12 win over Gloversville, the Johnstown softball team’s offense looked to be hitting high gear heading into Tuesday’s Foothills Council game with Hudson Falls.

Instead, Hudson Falls freshman pitcher Tanner Barton put the Lady Bills’ offense in reverse, pitching a no-hitter as the Tigers posted a 4-0 win.

“Tanner [Barton] pitched well,” Hudson Falls coach Deb Ferranti said. “She pitched a great game for us today.”

In addition to keeping Johnstown hitless, Barton struck out 11 and walked three on her way to the complete-game victory.

“With the way we’ve been hitting the ball, we should have been right in the game allowing four runs,” Johnstown coach Ron Savoie said. “We just didn’t hit today.”

Hudson Falls had no such trouble, piling up four of its nine hits in the first inning.

Ellie Gonyeau, Barton and Hannah St. Claire opened the game with three straight singles for the Tigers.

St. Claire’s single plated Gonyeau for the game’s first run. Melanie Cook added an RBI single for Hudson Falls, which led 2-0 after its half of the first inning.

“We got off to a nice start,” Ferranti said.

In the bottom half of the first, Johnstown put two runners on when Jordyn Hale and Ellen Praught drew walks. After a wild pitch, Hale and Praught advanced to second and third, respectively, with two outs. Barton pitched her way out of the jam, fanning Briana Esposito for the third out and her third strikeout of the inning.

“Their pitcher [Barton] pitched a heck of a game,” Savoie said. “We had trouble making contact against her.”

After a bit of a rough start, Barton and her defense held Johnstown without a baserunner until the seventh inning as they combined to retire 15 straight batters.

“We’ve got a good, veteran defense,” Ferranti said. “They made plays when they needed to today.”

Hudson Falls added to its lead in the third when St. Claire scored after reaching base on an error to lead off the inning. Geneva Strong plated St. Claire with an RBI single to left to make it 3-0.

The Tigers scored the game’s final run in the top of the sixth when Melanie Barton scored Strong with an RBI single after Strong led off the inning with a single.

In its final at-bat, Johnstown put two runners on when Esposito reached on a dropped third strike with two outs and Alyssa Palmateer drew a two-out walk.

However, Tanner Barton closed out the Lady Bills when she got Maddie Dillenbeck to ground out to first to end the game.

Palmateer took the loss for Johnstown, allowing nine hits, striking out four and walking one for Johnstown.

“Defensively, we played well,” Savoie said. “They had some hits and we just didn’t make contact with the ball.”

Gonyeau, Tanner Barton and Strong all finished with two hits for the Tigers, while St. Claire, Cook and Melanie Barton all had singles and a RBI.

Hudson Falls (4-2 overall, 4-2 Foothills) will host South Glens Falls on Monday at 4:30 p.m.

Johnstown (4-5 overall, 2-4 Foothills) will look to bounce back when it travels to Queensbury on Thursday for a 4:30 p.m. game.

“I just don’t know what it is. We just weren’t ready today,” Savoie said. “We’ll regroup and come back tomorrow for practice. We may be doing batting practice the whole time.”

Hudson Falls 4, Johnstown 0

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T. Barton and M. Barton; Palmateer and Esposito.