Rams rally past Cougars, 6-5

RENSSELAER – For 6 1/2 innings, the Canajoharie softball team held the lead during Wednesday’s Section II Class C first-round game at Rensselaer.

However, the Rams grabbed the lead for the first time in their final at-bat, scoring twice to complete a 6-5 come-from-behind win.

The 10th-seeded Cougars scored once in the first inning and lead 4-0 after 3 1/2 innings before the seventh-seeded Rams.

Rensselaer scored twice in the fourth, fifth and seventh innings to rally for the victory.

“We got off to a slow start, but we clawed our way back into it,” Rensselaer coach Ron Wilson said.

In the bottom of the seventh, Erika Mitchell and Kortnee Phillips opened the inning with back-to-back singles for the Rams.

After Canajoharie pitcher Shyanna Logan struck out Imanda Silver for the first out, Eternity Coons hit a single to left field that eluded Madyson Casler.

The ensuing two-base error allowed Mitchell and Phillips to score the tying and winning runs.

Coons finished the game 3-for-4 with three RBIs for the Rams.

It was an abrupt end to a game the Cougars had controlled from the outset.

“We got off to a good start and we played well most of the game,” Anderson said.

“[Rensselaer] started to hit the ball and we seemed a little flat at the end of the game,” Anderson said.

Canajoharie scored once in its first at-bat, getting two-out singles from Logan and Brittany Pitonza, who scored the game’s first run when Casler reached on an error.

The Cougars maintained their 1-0 lead until the top of the fourth, when they scored three times to push their advantage to 4-0.

Katie Towse reached on an error to start the inning before scoring on an RBI double to left by Lauren Balfe, who went 3-for-4 with two RBIs for Canajoharie.

Balfe scored on a triple to right centerfield by Bri Slater, who also had a double as part of a 3-for-5 effort at the plate.

Slater scored on groundout by Pitonza to make it 4-0.

Rensselaer got on the board for the first time in the bottom of the fourth, scoring two on to hits and an error.

“After we scored our first runs, we settled in and played well,” Wilson said.

Alaina Harrington hit a one-out single to left centerfield and advanced to second on an error before moving to third on a bunt single by Emma Cicchinelli. Harrington scored the Rams’ first run when Gabrielle D’Alessandro plated her with a single. Cicchinelli made it 4-2 scoring on a groundout by Taylor Mitchell.

Canajoharie scored once in its half of the fifth, when Balfe plated Towse with an RBI double after Towse reached on a two-out single to make it 5-2.

Rensselaer closed to within a run in the bottom of the fifth, scoring twice on two hits and a sacrifice fly.

Silver singled to left field with one out and scored on a triple to deep right centerfield by Coons, who scored on a sacrifice fly by Betty Brooking to make the score 5-4.

“We started hitting the ball and kept plugging away,” Wilson said. “We chewed away at their lead.”

After a scoreless sixth inning, Canajoharie got a single from Balfe in the top of the seventh, but failed to score.

In its final at-bat, the Rams plated two more runs on three hits and an error to earn the victory.

Harrington earned the win in the circle for Rensselaer, allowing 10 hits, striking out five and walking one.

Logan took the loss for Canajoharie, allowing 10 hits, striking out seven and walking none.

With the win, Rensselaer (13-4 overall) advances to Friday’s quarterfinals. The Rams will travel to Schaghticoke to face second-seeded Hoosic Valley, which had a first-round bye.

Canajoharie finished its season with a 9-8 overall record.

“This was a tough way for our seniors to go out,” Anderson said.

Rensselaer 6, Canajoharie 5

Canajoharie100 310 0 – 5 10 3

Rensselaer000 220 2 – 6 10 5

Logan and Balfe; Harrington and Brooking.

Class C First Round

Waterford 6, Mayfield 3

WATERFORD – Alex Lefebvre had a three-run home run and a double to power Waterford to a win over Mayfield in the first round of the Class C Tournament.

Lefebvre finished the game 4-for-4 with two runs scored and three RBIs for the fourth-seeded Fordians.

Jess Ramirez added two singles and two RBIs for Waterford.

Lyndsey Barber had three singles, a run scored and an RBI for 13th-seeded Mayfield, while Jordan Marshall had a triple and a run scored.

Kristina Auty had a single and a double for the Lady Panthers, while Mackenzie Biggers had a double and an RBI.

Sydney Benton had two singles for Mayfield, Julie Hampton had a single and Caitlin Tomlinson added an RBI.

Waterford will host fifth-seeded Lake George in Friday’s quarterfinals at 4:30 p.m. The Warriors posted a 5-2 win over 12th-seeded Galway on Wednesday.

Mayfield finished its season with a 7-11 overall record.

Waterford 6, Mayfield 3

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Waterford131 001 x – 6 8 2

Costa and Benton; Julian and Gardner.

Class C First Round

Lake George 5, Galway 2

LAKE GEORGE – Brittany Motta had a single and a triple to lead Lake George to a win over Galway in the first round of the Class C Tournament.

Catie Cleveland earned the win in the circle for the fifth-seeded Warriors (9-5 overall), striking out four, walking none and allowing seven hits.

Cleveland also added two singles and a double for Lake George, which plays at fourth-seeded Waterford in Friday’s quarterfinals. Waterford posted a 6-3 win over 13th-seeded Mayfield in its first-round contest.

Emily Zawisa had two doubles and a single for 12th-seeded Galway, which finished its season with a 9-9 overall record.

Lake George 5, Galway 2

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Lake George011 003 x – 5 7 2

WP – Cleveland; LP – Snyder.

Class A First Round

Glens Falls 3, Amsterdam 0

QUEENSBURY – Rachael Lashway pitched a three-hitter to lead Glens Falls to a win over Amsterdam in the opening round of the Class A Tournament.

Lashway struck out 11 batters to help the seventh-seeded Indians to their first sectional win since 2008.

Glens Falls scored all three of its runs in the third inning.

Ali Battease hit a double and single and drove in two runs for Glens Falls (10-8 overall), while Ruby Caprood added an RBI single. Kaili Jackson doubled for the Indians, while Jordan Pennock added a triple.

Glens Falls advances to face second-seeded Averill Park in Friday’s quarterfinals at 4:30 p.m.

Allie Krohn had a double for 10th-seeded Amsterdam, which finished its season with a 9-8 overall record.

Glens Falls 3, Amsterdam 0

Amsterdam000 000 0 – 0 3

Glens Falls003 000 x – 3 6

WP – Lashway; LP – Puglisi.

Center State Conference

Mount Markham 17, Dolgeville 16

DOLGEVILLE – In a game that featured 24 hits, Mount Markham outlasted Dolgeville, 17-16.

Dolgeville led 13-11 after four innings before the Mustangs outscored the Blue Devils 6-3 over the final three innings to earn the victory.

Mount Markham 17, Dolgeville 16

Mount Markham351 212 3 – 17 12 4

Dolgeville352 301 2 – 16 12 4