H.S. Softball Roundup: Lady Bills top Lady Braves for first win

Johnstown's Sydney Darling, left, tags out Fonda-Fultonville's Brianne Egelston at second base during Wednesday's non-league softball game at Fonda-Fultonville High School. (The Leader-Herald/Paul Wager)

FONDA — After dropping a 10-9 decision to Mayfield in its season opener Tuesday, the Johnstown softball team was back in action Wednesday at Fonda-Fultonville for another non-league contest.

The Lady Bills’ offense continued to produce, pounding out 17 hits in a 12-3 victory over the Lady Braves.

“We’re hitting the ball well,” Johnstown coach Jamie Kohout said.

Zoe Petrie and Grace Giarrizzo each went 4-for-5 with a double for the Lady Bills, while Sarah Pratt, Joelle Bump and Arianna Vuskalns each had a single and a double. Sophia Frenyea also had two hits for Johnstown, which had eight of its nine hitters register at least one hit.

The Lady Bills started quickly, scoring four runs in the top of the first.

Petrie had a double for Johnstown, while Frenyea singled. The Lady Bills also benefitted from a pair of walks and a hit batter.

“We knew it was going to be a good game,” Fonda-Fultonville coach Sweet said. “We came out flat and just couldn’t get the bats going.”

Pratt had a one-out double in the second and scored on a double by Giarrizzo to make it 5-0 after two innings.

Kaleigh Smith had triple in the second inning for FFCS.

The score remained 5-0 until the top of the fifth when Johnstown broke the game open with five runs on five hits and two errors.

“We had a couple of mental mistakes that cost us some runs,” Sweet said. “It was just a weird game. We were flat and just couldn’t shake out of it.”

Pratt, Petrie, Giarrizzo, Bump, Sydney Darling and Megan O’Connell all had singles in the fifth for the Lady Bills.

“We played a great game offensively and defensively,” Kohout said.

Fonda-Fultonville scored its only runs in the bottom of the fifth, plating three runs on two hits and two walks to make it 10-3.

Marilyn Whitcavitch, who was 3-for-3, had a triple for the Lady Braves, while Shelby Crahan had a single. Brianne Egelston, who was 2-for-3 with a double, also had a single.

After a scoreless sixth inning, Johnstown added a pair of insurance runs in the top of the seventh to make the final score 12-3.

Bump smacked a ground-rule double down the left-field line, while Giarrizzo and Petrie each had singles.

“We’re looking good so far, we’re very hopeful about the season,” Kohout said.

Johnstown (1-1 overall) is scheduled to travel to Scotia-Glenville today for its Foothills Council opener at 4:30 p.m.

Fonda-Fultonville (4-3 overall) is slated to host Duanesburg today at 4:30 p.m.

“Duanesburg is going to be another tough battle for us,” Sweet said.

Johnstown 12, Fonda-Fultonville 3

Johnstown 410 050 2 — 12 17 2

Fonda-Fultonville 000 030 0 — 3 9 3

Bump, Vuskalns (4) and Pratt; H. Williams and Graham.

Foothills Council

Amsterdam 3, Hudson Falls 2

AMSTERDAM — Megan LaMont singled home Gaby Maroto in the bottom of the seventh to lift Amsterdam to a Foothills Council victory over Hudson Falls at Shuttleworth Park.

LaMont finished 3-for-4 at the plate.

Jordyn Wozniak had a home run for Amsterdam (2-1 overall, 1-1 Foothills), while Hailee Alicea went 3-for-3 with a triple and an RBI.

Sydney Szczepanik pitched a complete-game one-hitter for the Lady Rams, striking out nine and walking two in seven innings.

Kayleigh Osterhaudt had the lone hit — a first-inning single — for Hudson Falls.

Amsterdam 3, Hudson Falls 2

Hudson Falls 002 000 0 — 2 1 1

Amsterdam 000 101 1 — 3 7 1

Davis and Pisani; Szczepanik and Maroto.

South Glens Falls 11, Glens Falls 4

GLENS FALLS — Keegan Lajeunesse, Haylee Scarincio and Christine Mallette all had doubles to lift South Glens Falls to a Foothills Council victory over Glens Falls.

South Glens Falls 11, Glens Falls 4

South Glens Falls 003 160 1 — 11 14 1

Glens Falls 000 200 2 — 4 4 4

WAC

Mayfield 7, Middleburgh 5

MIDDLEBURGH — Emily Senese had three singles and an RBI to lead Mayfield to a Western Athletic Conference victory over Middleburgh.

Jillian Botch earned the win in the circle, scattering seven hits and striking out eight. Botch also had two singles and an RBI.

Taryn LaFontaine recorded a single, double and scored two runs for the Lady Panthers, while Katie LaGrange had a single and an RBI. Shelby VanNostrand, Lindsey Hampton and Bri Hubiak all had singles for Mayfield (4-2 overall, 1-0 WAC).

Morgan Schafroth had a single, double and three RBIs for Middleburgh, while Cameryn Shultes had two singles and an RBI. Ashley Ciafardo added a single and scored two runs for the Knights and Alyssa Wayman added a single and scored a run. Kelsey Hatfield added a single for Middleburgh.

Mayfield 7, Middleburgh 5

Mayfield 410 002 0 — 7 11 2

Middleburgh 112 000 1 — 5 7 3

Botch and LaFontaine; Marsh and Ciafardo.

FP-OESJ 3, Duanesburg 2

FORT PLAIN — Jenna Reese drove in the winning run with a single in the bottom of the sixth inning to lift Fort Plain-Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville to a WAC victory over Duanesburg.

Michaela Stockwell had a double and an RBI for FP-OESJ (4-1 overall, 3-0 WAC), while Fontana LaCoppola had a single and an RBI. Abigail Johnson added a single for FP-OESJ.

Victoria Silva had two doubles and a single for Duanesburg, while Annabelle Rieseler added a single.

FP-OESJ 3, Duanesburg 2

Duanesburg 100 010 0 — 2

FP-OESJ 001 002 x — 3

WP — Stockwell; LP — Kenney.

Center State Conference

West Canada Valley 12, Dolgeville 1

NEWPORT — Jordyn Conte pitched a two-hitter to lead West Canada Valley to a victory over Dolgeville.

Conte struck out 16 and walked just two in seven innings of work.

Kyleigh Gage, Maggie Burdick and Olivia Morreale all had triples for the Indians, while Shae Evoy added a double.

Burdick and Courtney DiTata each had two hits for West Canada Valley.

Audrey Williams and Isabella Nichols each had a single for Dolgeville.

West Canada Valley 12, Dolgeville 1

Dolgeville 001 000 0 — 1 2 2

West Canada Valley 402 132 x — 12 10 2

Non-league

Herkimer 12, Canajoharie 7

HERKIMER — Marion Leskovar finished 4-for-5 with a double, home run, three RBIs and four runs scored to power Herkimer to a non-league victory over Canajoharie.

Kristine Nietes earned the win in the circle for the Magicians, allowing eight hits, striking out nine and walking three.

Karli Treen had a double and a triple for Herkimer (3-2 overall), while Kurstin Gay and Eliza Marusic each had doubles.

Monica Hartlieb had a grand slam in the top of the seventh for Canajoharie, while Mollie Krug added a triple and a single. Mackenzie Bowerman was 2-for-3 for the Cougars.

Canajoharie (5-2 overall) is scheduled to travel to Middleburgh today for a 4:30 p.m. contest.

Herkimer 12, Canajoharie 7

Canajoharie 100 010 5 — 7 8 2

Herkimer 532 110 x — 12 10 2

Bowerman, Shepard (3) and Krug; Nietes and Leskovar

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