Mayfield advances with 12-2 win over Rensselaer

Mayfield pitcher Jillian Botch throws to the plate during Thursday's Section II Class C first-round game against Rensselaer at Gloversville High School. (The Leader-Herald/Paul Wager)

GLOVERSVILLE — Heading into its sectional opener, the Mayfield softball team had been putting up plenty of runs in its recent outings.

The Lady Panthers came into the game averaging 11 runs a game in their last five contests, and their offense continued its recent surge Thursday.

Mayfield posted a 12-2 victory over 12th-seeded Rensselaer in a Section II Class C first-round game at Gloversville High School on Thursday.

The fifth-seeded Lady Panthers scored twice in the first inning, three times in the second and twice in the third inning on their way to their sixth straight win. Mayfield finished the game with 16 hits as all nine starters had at least one hit.

“We’re definitely hitting the ball well right now,” Mayfield coach Ted Horn said. “It’s good to get production from hitters one through nine.”

Mayfield's Taryn LaFontaine slides safely into second base as Rensselaer's Chelli Lopez, left, looks to make the catch during Thursday's Section II Class C first-round game at Gloversville High School. (The Leader-Herald/Paul Wager)

Taryn LaFontaine had three singles, two RBIs and scored two runs for the Lady Panthers, Brianna Hubiak had two doubles, scored two runs and had two RBIs, and Lindsey Hampton had a double, single and scored two runs. Emily Senese finished with two singles and two RBIs for Mayfield, Kelsey Meca had two singles, an RBI and two runs scored, and Anna Gates had a double and three RBIs.

Shelby VanNostrand had two singles and scored a run for Mayfield, while Katie LaGrange added a single.

In the circle, Jillian Botch struck out 11, walked six, allowed three hits and one earned run for the Lady Panthers.

Botch also had a single, RBI and scored two runs.

Francesca Lopez had a double and an RBI for Rensselaer, Gianna Harwood had a single and scored a run, and Emma Endres added a single.

With two outs in the first, Rensselaer put two runners on base thanks to an error and a walk. However, Botch ended the threat with her third strikeout of the inning.

In the bottom of the first, Mayfield got goining quickly, getting a leadoff double from Hubiak. Hampton followed with a bunt single before Hubiak scored on a single by LaFontaine. Botch drew a walk to load the bases and Meca delivered a one-out, bases-loaded single to make it 2-0 after one inning.

“We got off to a good start,” Horn said.

Rensselaer got one run back in the top of the second when Lopez smacked a double to center field to score Harwood who reached on an error to make it 2-1.

Mayfield scored three runs in its half of the second, getting RBI single from LaFontaine and a two-run single from Senese.

Botch struck out two of the three batters she faced in the top of the third as Mayfield put Rensselaer down in order.

Up 5-1, the Lady Panthers added two runs to their advantage in the bottom of the third.

Hubiak delivered the big blow of the inning, smacking a two-run, two-out double to left centerfield to score Meca and VanNostrand who had reached on singles.

The scored remained 7-1 heading into the top of the sixth.

The Rams scored once after Taylor Leonard drew a walk and Harwood added a single to make it 7-2.

Mayfield answered by doubling its lead by scoring the game’s final five runs in the bottom of the sixth.

Hampton started the flurry with a one-out double before scoring on a single by LaFontaine. Botch and Senese followed with back to back singles, and Meca reached after getting hit by a pitch to load the bases.

Gates promptly cleared them, belting a double to deep left field to make it 12-2.

Botch put the Rams down in order in the top of the seventh, sealing the win with a groundout, strikeout and flyout.

Mayfield (13-5 overall) advances to face fourth-seeded Hoosic Valley in Tuesday’s quarterfinals at 4:30 p.m. at Schaghticoke.

“We’ve seen Hoosic Valley play because they were in our tournament,” Horn said. “We played them last year in sectionals and they beat us. If we play like we did today, we should have a chance to win the game.”

Hoosic Valley won last year’s sectional meeting, scoring 10 runs in the first inning on its way to a 20-0 victory.

Rensselaer finished its season with a 11-5 overall record.

Mayfield 12, Rensselaer 2

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Mayfield 232 005 x — 12 16 2

Spence and Harwood; Botch and LaFontaine.