H.S. Softball Roundup: Duanesburg tops Mayfield, 3-1

Mayfield second baseman Sydney Sheldon avoids the slide of Duanesburg's Sophie Loukides as she breaks up the double-play attempt during Western Athletic Conference play Wednesday at Mayfield High School. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)

MAYFIELD — In a rematch of the 2016 Western Athletic Conference championship game, the Mayfield and Duanesburg softball teams squared off Wednesday at Mayfield High School.

The Lady Panthers’ defense continually came up with big plays only to have Duanesburg take advantage of one error in the top of the third inning that led to three runs. The Lady Eagles’ pitcher Alexa Lombardoni kept the Mayfield hitters in check over the final innings to help secure the 3-1 league victory.

“The bottom line is that we just didn’t hit well enough to win the game today,” Mayfield coach Ted Horn said. “We were always playing from behind. My defense, even though we made a few mistakes, made big plays to keep us in the game but we just couldn’t get anything going offensively.”

Duanesburg’s big inning came with two outs in the top of the second. Emily Lenehan reached on a fielding error and Abby Lestage and Victoria Passonno followed with singles to drive in Lenehan. Lestage came home on a bunt single by Cassidy Schaeffer. Passonno scampered home when Schaeffer got caught in a run down between first and second to score the third run before Schaeffer was tagged for the final out of the inning.

The Lady Panthers ended another Duanesburg threat in the top of the third, turning a double play with bases loaded before pitcher Karleigh VanNostrand held on to a short pop up in front of the plate after colliding with catcher Sydney Benton on the play.

Mayfield fed off the big plays to put together an offensive surge in the bottom of the inning.

Morgan Lathrop worked her way on with a walk but was forced at second on Lindsey Hampton’s grounder. Hampton stole second and advanced to third on a fielding error off the bat of Julianna Buyce. Hampton crossed the plate when Taryn LaFontaine’s bunt was misplayed and the throw hit her in the back and bounced out of play. Buyce also crossed the plate on the play but was sent back to third on the dead ball ruling.

On the next play, Buyce attempted to score on Angelina Mannino’s infielder grounder but was called out at the plate after hard contact with catcher Annabelle Rieseler.

“We put the ball in play for the most part, but nothing was hit hard,” Horn said. “There were a couple of plays early in the game, like if that ball doesn’t slip out of play we score another run and the other runners would have advanced. That was a big call in the game.”

The Lady Panthers again came up with a big defensive play in the top of the fourth when Lenehan led off with a single for Duanesburg but was gunned down when LaFontaine gathered in Passonno’s single to center and got the ball back to the infield quickly allowing the Lady Panthers to catch Lenehan in a rundown between third and home that resulted in VanNostrand applying the tag for the out.

The Eagles again loaded the bases in the top of the sixth with two outs but could not get a run home as LaFontaine made a leaping catch on a drive to deep center field by Lombardoni to end the threat.

“Taryn is one of the best athletes in the league and she is out there [in center field] for a reason,” Horn said. “She commands my outfield and it shows. She has been working hard at her fielding skills.”

The Lady Panthers could not build off the big defensive play as Lombardoni set the side down in order in the sixth and seventh innings to secure the win.

Lombardoni finished with six strike outs and two walks, while allowing only a first-inning single to LaFontaine.

VanNostrand struck out three and walked two in the circle for Mayfield.

Passonno, Schaeffer and Erica Schettine led Duanesburg with two singles apiece.

“We came into the game tied with Canajoharie for first place in our division but they held the tie breaker against us,” Horn said. “We needed this game and a little help. So right now we need to refocus our energy and our thoughts on sectionals. We are going to be a tough out for anyone. It is just unfortunate that our league title hopes are over with now but we need to move on and refocus because we have a lot of season left.”

The Lady Panthers are scheduled to host their annual tournament, which was postponed by bad weather in April, this Saturday. Fonda-Fultonville, Salem and Maple Hill along with Mayfield are scheduled to play for the title at Mayfield High School.

Duanesburg 3, Mayfield 1

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Lombardoni and Rieseler; VanNostrand and Benton


Fonda-Fultonville 11, Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville 4

FONDA — Brianne Egelston had two singles, a triple and a home run to power Fonda-Fultonville to a WAC victory over Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville.

Cassey Knowlton finished with three singles for FFCS (4-8 overall, 3-6 WAC), while Sierra Rose, Kaleigh Smith and Jenna Santabarbara all had two singles.

Avery Cusack, Breanne Sprague and Jordan Araya each had a single for the Lady Braves.

Fontana LaCoppola had two doubles for OESJ (2-10 overall, 2-7 WAC), while Meadow Arduini also doubled.

Caitlin Handy, Abigail Johnson, Abigail Countryman and Erielle Guilleguitan all had singles for the Lady Wolves.

Fonda-Fultonville 11,

Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville 4

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Arduini and Handy; Santabarbara and Rose.

Canajoharie 9, Schoharie 0

SCHOHARIE –Mackenzie Bowerman pitched a one-hitter to lift Canajoharie to a WAC victory over Schoharie.

Bowerman struck out 11 and walked two to earn the complete-game victory. She also went 2-for-4 at the plate.

Jenna Shepard had a home run and two RBIs for Canajoharie (10-2 overall, 7-2 WAC), while Monica Hartlieb had a double.

Brianna Dimascio was 2-for-4 with an RBI for the Lady Cougars.

Abby Wetsel had the lone hit for Schoharie.

Canajoharie 9, Schoharie 0

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Bowerman and Krug; Hayes and Williams.

Foothills Council

Johnstown 19, Broadalbin-Perth 12

BROADALBIN — Janay Douglas had a home run, double and a single to help Johnstown post a Foothills Council South Division victory over Broadalbin-Perth.

Cecelia Mowrey had three singles for Johnstown, while Grace Giarrizzo had a triple and two singles.

Josie Mowrey had a triple and a single for the Lady Bills, Mallory Baldwin had two doubles, and Anna Heroth and Sophia Frenyea each had two singles.

Olivia Wallin-Eddy had a home run and three singles for Broadalbin-Perth, while Ali Visco had four singles.

Danielle Winney finished with a single and a home run for the Lady Patriots and Kara Terwilliger had two singles.

Johnstown 19, Broadalbin-Perth 12

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Theissen and C. Mowrey; Holz and Martin.

South Glens Falls 22, Gloversville 0

SOUTH GLENS FALLS — Leah Vanderwarker was 4-for-4 with a home run and a triple to power South Glens Falls to a Foothills Council victory over Gloversville.

The Bulldogs had 19 hits in the game.

Emily Joss was 3-for-3 with two doubles for South Glens Falls (12-0 Foothills), while Celyna Shaw was 3-for-4 with a double. Sarah Powers was 2-for-2 for the Bulldogs and Kasen Lemay had a home run. Hannah Moser and Maddie Capozucca each had a double for South Glens Falls.

Gloversville slipped to 4-11 overall and 4-8 in Foothills Council play with the loss.

Scotia-Glenville 6, Amsterdam 0

SCOTIA — Grace Purvis pitched a four-hitter to lead Scotia-Glenville to a Foothills Council South Division victory over Amsterdam.

Purvis also had two singles and an RBI for the Tartans.

Naudia Smith had two singles and four RBIs for Scotia-Glenville (10-5 overall, 8-4 Foothills)

Amsterdam slipped to 8-10 overall and 5-7 in Foothills play with the loss.

Scotia-Glenville 6, Amsterdam 0

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Bolton-Schroon Lake 13, Wells 2

SCHROON LAKE — Abi Belrose was 2-for-3 with a double to help Bolton-Schroon Lake to a Mountain and Valley Athletic Conference victory over Wells.

Madelyn Pratt was 2-for- for Bolton/Schroon Lake, which improved to 7-4 overall and 7-0 in MVAC play with the victory.

Erika Foster was 3-for-3 with a triple for Wells (3-5 overall, 3-5 MVAC).

Bolton-Schroon Lake 13, Wells 2

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Foster and Stuart; Belrose and Secor.