Lady Bills fall short against Glens Falls

JOHNSTOWN – All season long, the Johnstown softball team has been one bad inning short of several wins.

The trend continued Tuesday as Glens Falls used a four-run fifth inning to post an 8-3 victory over the Lady Bills.

“It’s been a season of errors,” Johnstown coach Ron Savoie said. “We always seem to have that one inning where we go out make some mistakes.”

That one inning came in the fifth Tuesday as the Indians turned a pair of errors and three hits, turning their 2-1 lead into a 6-1 advantage.

Kaili Jackson led off the inning with the second of her three doubles on the day. Jackson went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI for the Indians. Jackson scored when Cassie Lefebvre reached on an infield single. Jordan Pennock then reached on a fielder’s choice that saw the Lady Bills throw the ball away, allowing both Jackson and Lefebvre to score. Betsy Burgess added a two-run single for the Indians in the inning.

“We’ve been hitting pretty well lately,” Glens Falls coach Craig Archambault said. “We had some timely hits today.”

Johnstown had started the game well, jumping out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning.

Ellen Praught had an RBI single to score Morgan Colasanti, who reached on a one-out walk, for the Lady Bills.

“We got off to a decent start. It just wasn’t our day,” Savoie said. “We weren’t able to put a full seven innings together though.”

Glens Falls answered in its half of the second, capitalizing on two walks, an error and a double by Jackson. The Indians scored twice in the frame to take a 2-1 lead.

“We took advantage of our opportunities today,” Archambault said.

After adding to its lead with four runs in the fifth, Glens Falls added a pair of insurance runs in the sixth.

Jackson hit a one-out double to left centerfield and scored on a single by Emily Moses. Lefebvre reached on a fielder’s choice and scored on a two-out single by Pennock to make it 8-1.

Johnstown scored the game’s final runs in the bottom of the sixth.

Praught, who was 2-for-4, led off the inning with a single to right field. Alyssa Palmateer followed with a single to left.

Lindsay Brandt delivered a two-out single to right to score Praught’s pinch runner, Meghan LeDoux. Jordyn Hale then reached on a two-out error, allowing Palmateer’s pinch runner Abby Bobbette to score, making it 8-3.

Glens Falls got a single from Burgess in the top of the seventh, but the Lady Bills kept the Indians off the board. Burgess went 2-for-2 with a walk, two RBIs and a run scored.

In their final at-bat, Johnstown got a leadoff single from Lexi Swatt and Palmateer drew a two-out walk before Glens Falls was able to end the threat.

Rachel Lashway earned the win for Glens Falls, allowing seven hits, walking four, striking out 11 and hitting one batter.

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

Swatt celebrated her birthday with a 3-for-3 effort at the plate for the Lady Bills.

Johnstown (6-9 overall, 3-8 Foothills) will travel to Scotia-Glenville on Friday for a 4:30 p.m. game.

“The girls have come a long way this season,” Savoie said. “We just can’t seem to shake that one bad inning that’s been our nemesis this year.”

Glens Falls (5-9 overall, 3-7 Foothills) will host South Glens Falls on Thursday at 4:30 p.m.

Glens Falls 8, Johnstown 3

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Lashway and Battease; Palmateer and Esposito.