SOFTBALL ROUNDUP: Washburn’s slam powers Huskies’ win
MECO – The Gloversville Huskies honored their seniors by playing one of their best games of the season.
With Emily Washburn’s grand slam highlighting a 13-hit attack to back up senior pitcher Sammy Stewart, Gloversville defeated Broadalbin-Perth 9-1 Thursday night under the lights at the Meco Ball Park.
“It was awesome up here with a great atmosphere and a good turnout by the crowd,” Gloversville coach Stephanie Luce said. “I thought the girls all came together as a team and played well together tonight.”
Broadalbin-Perth got on the board first with Nicole Traver leading off with a double and coming around to score on Zoe Simonson’s single.
The Huskies quickly answered the score in the bottom of the first.
Jennifer Vickery, Katelyn Pierce and Emily Towne connected for consecutive singles to load the bases and Washburn emptied them with a drive to the right-center field gap to give Gloversville a 4-0 lead with no outs.
The Broadalbin-Perth defense settled in behind starting pitcher Courtney Oare to get out of the inning without further scoring.
Gloversville again strung together its hits in the bottom of the fourth inning to put four more runs on the board.
Katie Hauser led off with a double and came around to score on Brooke Washburn’s RBI single. Vickery followed with a walk and Pierce singled to load the bases. Towne hit a chopper up the middle to score Washburn and Vickery. Megan Patterson singled to score Pierce, and Shawna Funk also singled to load the bases.
The Lady Patriots got out of the jam when first baseman Keyana Fariello snagged a hard line drive off Hauser’s bat for the final out after the Huskies pushed the score to 8-1.
Stewart was in control on the mound, scattering four hits over the final six innings and got big defensive plays behind her, including a double play in the top of the fourth.
Gloversville tacked on another run in the bottom of the sixth, when Emily Washburn walked and came around to score on a throwing error to cap off the 9-1 final score.
Emily Washburn led Gloversville (4-9 overall, 3-7 Foothills) with a grand slam, four RBIs and two runs scored. Pierce finished with three singles and two runs scored, while Funk and Towne had two singles apiece and Hauser and Devon Davis both doubled.
All Gloversville batters recorded hits but Stewart, who made her contribution on the mound with a six-hit, five-strikeout performance.
“Sammy threw a great game. She has been throwing well for us this season and holding us in games,” Luce said. “I think we have had difficulty stringing together hits in the line up and tonight they all came together. Everyone was hitting and we were stringing the hits together, which is great, and we got some hits out of people who have been struggling at the plate. Brooke [Washburn] is a senior who got a hit and an RBI tonight and she had a couple of catches in the outfield. I am very proud of her.”
Simonson paced Broadalbin-Perth (1-9 overall, 1-8 Foothills) with two singles and an RBI, while Traver had a double. Lauren Adamchick, Mackenzie Morrison and Gabby Smith all singled for the Lady Patriots.
“They have been playing fairly well; we just haven’t had the defense and the offense playing together in one game yet,” Broadalbin-Perth coach Carrie Spraker said. “Once we bring it all together we will be fine. Gloversville has good hitters and make solid contact. Hitting has been tough for us this season, so we are working on that. They are used to coming back and playing tight defense, but that one inning gets us.”
Gloversville is scheduled to return to the Meco Ball Park to host Amsterdam on Monday night, while Broadalbin-Perth is slated to host South Glens Falls on Tuesday.
Gloversville 9, Broadalbin-Perth 1
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Oare and Smith; Stewart and Pierce.
Western Athletic Conference
Saratoga Catholic 12, Fort Plain 9
SARATOGA SPRINGS – Both teams pushed nine runs across the plate in the first inning before Spa Catholic pitcher Emily McCarty found her rhythm to shut out the Lady Hilltoppers over the next six innings to secure the victory.
McCarty finished the game with 11 strikeouts, while surrendering 16 hits.
Abby Boyer and Kendra Trembly led Fort Plain at the plate with a double and three RBIs apiece.
Saratoga Catholic 12, Fort Plain 9
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WP: Emily McCarty; LP: Shauna Cotton.
Bishop Gibbons 1, Amsterdam 0
SCHENECTADY – Joelle Salisbury struck out 17 batters to lead the Golden Knights to victory.
The Lady Rams connected for six hits in the game, with Ashley Przbylowicz recording a double and a single.
Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons 1, Amsterdam 0
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Puglisi and Przbylowicz; J. Salisbury and A. Salisbury.