H.S. Softball Roundup: Fonda-Fultonville gets past Gloversville, 9-7

Gloversville catcher Kendra Lavery (15) prepares to make a tag as Fonda-Fultonville's Sierra Rose slides into home during the third inning of Wednesday's non-league game at Fonda-Fultonville High School. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)

FONDA — The Gloversville Huskies battled back and put themselves in a position to win their season-opener, but Fonda-Fultonville’s Shelby Crahan had different plans.

With the tying runs on first and third and two outs, Crahan knocked down a hard-hit ball by Sheyenne Beach, scrambled to recover the loose ball and throw a strike to second base to get the force for the final out as the Lady Braves held on for a 9-7 non-league victory over Gloversville Wednesday at Fonda-Fultonville High School.

“I am pleased with the way we played today,” Gloversville coach Mark LeFever said. “We made a few mistakes that eventually hurt us in the final score but we put the bat on the ball well late in the game, hit the ball hard and got ourselves back in the game. The girls didn’t give up and were excited to be in a position to win it at the end.”

The game was originally scheduled to be played under the lights on the new turf field at Gloversville High School but the field was not ready for play due to the early-spring snowstorms so it was moved to Fonda with the Huskies playing as the home team.

“The girls were very disappointed they didn’t get to open up at home but unfortunately we still have snow behind home plate. We are hoping to be playing there soon,” LeFever said. “We wanted to play and Kari [Fonda-Fultonville coach Kari Callery] helped accommodate us here.”

After Gloversville starting pitcher Jenny Vickery set the Lady Braves down in order in the top of the first, the Huskies put a run on the board in the bottom of the first.

Gabby Langley led off with a single, moved to second on Alex Benfatti’s ground out before scoring on Vickery’s RBI double to left field for a 1-0 lead.

Fonda-Fultonville struck back in the top of the third.

With two outs, Crahan singled and moved to second on an error. A second Gloversville error that allowed Kelsey Denton two reach base and Crahan to score. Brianne Egelston singled to drive in Denton before Sierra Rose connected for a two-run home run to deep right field to put the Lady Braves up 4-1.

The Lady Braves kept rolling, putting up two more runs in the top of the fourth.

Jillian Wilder led off with a double and after a pair of strike outs by Vickery, Crahan reached on an error to set up Denton for a two-RBI single to give the Lady Braves a 6-1 advantage.

Gloversville came up with a big inning off Fonda-Fultonville starting pitcher Jenna Santabarbara who had held the Huskies to four hits through the first four innings.

Beach led off with a double and scored on Langley’s RBI single. With two outs, Vickery doubled, Michaela Ponticello tripled and Kendra Lavery doubled to help put four runs on the board and cut the Lady Braves lead to 7-5.

An error again hurt Gloversville as Crahan reached base as the lead-off batter in the top of the sixth.

Back-to-back RBI singles with one out by Egelston and Rose built the Lady Braves lead back up to 9-5.

The Huskies made a final run at the Lady Braves in the bottom of the seventh.

With one out Vickery drew a walk and advanced on a wild pitch and advanced to third on Lavery’s two-out single. A throwing error on a pick-off attempt allowed Vickery to score and Lavery to advance to second. Celia Meher singled to move Lavery to third. Lavery scored and Meher advanced to second on a wild pitch before Caitlyn Catucci reached base on an error to put runners at first and third, setting up Beach’s hard hit that Crahan covered to get the final out and end the game at 9-7 in favor of the Lady Braves.

“That was a hard hit and it would have tied the game and maybe given them the win,” Callery said of Beach’s drive. “We had an inning where we scored four runs but so did they. We talked about how it comes down to playing seven solid innings of ball and who puts the ball in play. It comes down to defense but you have to put the runs across the plate, too.”

Rose led the Fonda-Fultonville hitters with a home run and two singles, while Egelston had three singles, Wilder had a double to go with one hit apiece from Crahan, Denton and Sierra Grant.

Vickery recorded seven strike outs in the circle and had a pair of doubles at the plate. Langley finished with three singles, while Meher delivered a pair of singles. Lavery had a single and a double, while beach doubled and Ponticello tripled for the Huskies.

Fonda-Fultonville 9, Gloversville 7

Fonda-Fultonville 004 212 0 — 9 10 2

Gloversville 100 040 2 — 7 11 5

Santabarbara, Williams (5) and Rose; Vickery, Ponticello (6) and Lavery, Vickery (6).

WAC

Canajoharie 12, Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville 0

CANAJOHARIE — Mackenzie Bowerman struck out 10 and allowed one hit in five innings to lead Canajoharie to a Western Athletic Conference victory over Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville.

Kylee Rickard had a triple, double, two singles, three runs scored and two RBIs for the Lady Cougars, while Bowerman had a home run, double, three RBIs and two runs scored. Sydney Shepard had a double, single and three RBIs for Canajoharie and Brianna DiMascio had two singles.

Alexis Mumford had the lone hit for OESJ.

Canajoharie 12, Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville 0

Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville 000 00 — 0 1 2

Canajoharie 018 12 –12 14 0

Arduini and Blakeslee; Bowerman and Krug.

Fort Plain 16, Galway 3

GALWAY — Michaela Stockwell had two home runs, a triple and four RBIs to power Fort Plain to a WAC victory over Galway.

Gabriella Jenks was 3-for-4 with two runs scored for the Lady Hilltoppers, while Kendall Kennedy was 2-for-4 with two runs scored.

Hannah Hoffman was 3-for-3 with two doubles and an RBI to lead Galway, while Emma Smith had a double, single and an RBI. Kayley Bogdan was 1-for-3 with an RBI for the Golden Eagles.

Fort Plain 16, Galway 3

Fort Plain 252 16 — 16 11 0

Galway 201 00 — 3 7 0

Kennedy and Stockwell; Reichard, Smith and Bogdan.

MVAC

Bolton-Schroon Lake 21, Wells 1

BOLTON — Maddie Pratt had a home run and a double for Bolton-Schroon Lake in the season opener for both teams.

Abi Belrose had a double and picked up the win in the circle for Bolton-Schroon Lake (1-0, 1-0), while Alora Bearor and Ashley Connery collected triples.

Sierra Mauro took the loss in the circle for Wells (0-1, 0-1), which managed four hits in the game.

Bolton-Schroon Lake 21, Wells 1

Wells 000 010 0 — 1 4

Bolton-Schroon-Lake 320 6(10)0 0 — 21 10

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