Esposito powers Lady Bills past Huskies, 8-6

JOHNSTOWN – Down 4-3 heading into the bottom of the sixth inning, the Johnstown softball team powered its way into the lead thanks to a grand slam to deep left field by Briana Esposito.

“That grand slam definitely got us going,” Johnstown coach Brittany Tomek said.

The Lady Bills added one more run to take an 8-4 lead into the top of the seventh. Johnstown would hold off a late rally by the Huskies to emerge with an 8-6 win.

Johnstown sophomore pitcher Jackie Claburn made things interesting, walking the first three batters to load the bases. Megan Patterson and Katie Hauser both scored on wild pitches after reaching base via walk to make it 8-6 with a runner on third and no outs.

Claburn pitched her way out of the jam, striking out Devon Davis, getting back-to-back pop-ups from Jenny Vickery and Shawna Funk to end the game.

“It wasn’t the easy 1-2-3 inning I wanted, but Jackie [Claburn] settled in and got herself out of the jam,” Tomek said. “She got back her momentum and finished it out. She’s just a sophomore and she pitched a heck of a game.”

Claburn allowed just four hits in the game, struck out five and walked 12.

Claburn’s Gloversville counterpart, Sam Stewart, allowed seven hits, struck out eight, walked five and hit one batter.

“Sammy [Stewart] kept them in check most of the game,” Gloversville coach Stephanie Luce said. “She pitched a great game. We just had one bad inning and couldn’t overcome it.”

After a scoreless first inning, Johnstown opened the scoring in the bottom of the second. Ellen Praught led off the inning with a triple to deep left field before scoring on a groundout by Abby Bobbette to make it 1-0.

Gloversville quickly answered with three runs in the top of the third.

Emily Washburn smacked a two-run double to left centerfield for the Huskies, while Katlyn Pierce added an RBI single. Funk also had a single in the third for Gloversville.

“We had some hits tonight, but we weren’t able to string them together,” Luce said.

The Lady Bills got one run back in their half of the third when Mallory Baldwin singled before scoring on a two-out single to left by Claburn to make it 3-2.

After a scoreless fourth inning, Washburn led off the top of the fifth by sending the first pitch of the inning to deep right centerfield for a triple. She scored on a wild pitch to push the Gloversville lead to 4-2.

The Lady Bills answered with a run of their own in the bottom of the five when Esposito scored on a wild pitch after reaching base on a leadoff walk.

Johnstown continued its momentum in the sixth, using Esposito’s grand slam and three Gloversville errors in the inning to take an 8-4 lead. Baldwin also had a single in the inning for the Lady Bills.

“Errors cost us the game tonight,” Luce said.

Gloversville got two runs back in its final at-bat, but Johnstown hung on for the senior night victory.

“It was a close game the whole way,” Tomek said. “I thought both teams played well.”

Gloversville (4-13 overall, 3-11 Foothills) is scheduled to host Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons at Meco Ball Park on Monday at 7 p.m.

Johnstown (2-12 overall, 2-11 Foothills) is scheduled to host Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville today at 3:30 p.m.

Johnstown 8, Gloversville 6

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Stewart and Pierce; Claburn and Esposito.

Foothills Council

Scotia-Glenville 15, Broadalbin-Perth 0

SCOTIA – Jen Mayette threw a two-hitter to lead Scotia-Glenville to a win over Broadalbin-Perth.

Elizabeth Hosner and Sam Montague each had two RBIs for Scotia-Glenville (12-2 Foothills), while Ali Stuart had three singles. Lauren Melanson added a single and double for the Tartans.

Broadalbin-Perth slipped to 1-13 overall and 1-12 in Foothills Council play with the loss.

The Lady Patriots are scheduled to host Queensbury on Saturday at 10 a.m.

Scotia-Glenville 15, Broadalbin-Perth 0

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Oare and Smith; Mayette and Melanson.

WAC

Fort Plain 7, Schoharie 4

SCHOHARIE – Kendra Trembley had two singles and an RBI to lift Fort Plain to a WAC crossover win over Schoharie on Wednesday.

Desiree Suits added a double and two RBIs for the Lady Hilltoppers (7-9 overall).

Sydney Stanley had two singles and an RBI for Schoharie, while Gabby Danthine had a double and an RBI.

Fort Plain 7, Schoharie 4

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Cotton and Trembley; Stanley and Danthine.

Galway 27, Mekeel Christian 3

GALWAY – Sabrina Williams went 4-for-5 with a double and a triple to lead Galway to a WAC crossover win over Mekeel Christian.

Emily Zawisa had a home run, single and four RBIs for Galway, while Shelby Suits recorded a triple, two singles and four RBIs. Felicia Snyder added three singles for the Golden Eagles, and picked up the win in the circle, pitching a complete-game four-hitter.

Nicole Barratiere, Lexie Rychick, Lindsay McCarty and Elaina Taplin each had singles for Mekeel Christian.

Galway 27, Mekeel Christian 3

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Barratiere, Pigliavento (4) and Rychick; Snyder and Larocca

Colonial Council

Fonda-Fultonville 20, Voorheesville 2

VOORHEESVILLE – The Lady Braves put 11 runs on the board in the first inning on their way to a win over Voorheesville.

Brianne Egelston earned the complete-game win in the circle for FFCS (5-13 overall, 3-12 Colonial), allowing just four hits and striking out nine.

Cassandra Egelston had a grand slam, a two-run home run, two singles and six RBIs for the Lady Braves, while Miranda Nethaway had a two-run home run and a single.

Deanna Lee had a double, single and an RBI for Voorheesville.

Fonda-Fultonville 20, Voorheesville 2

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B. Egelston and C. Egelston; Dlugolecki, Borter (1) and Hewitt.