GLOVERSVILLE-The high winds on Thursday afternoon didn't sway the ambitions of the Gloversville softball team to win their final game of the season bringing their final overall record to 5-15 overall and 2-12 in Foothills Council play.
With sectionals out of sight and pride on the line, the Huskies won at home in a 16-6 battle against Glens Falls on senior night.
The Huskies were able to keep an early lead with solid pitching by junior Sammy Stewart, who finished the day with eight strikeouts and two walks.
Gloversville’s Jesse DeVoe, left, looks to beat out a throw as Glens Falls’ Skylar Girard awaits the throw during Thursday’s Foothills Council game at Gloversville Middle School. (The Leader-Herald/Bill Trojan)
"The last couple of outings that [Stewart] has had she has gotten better and better," Gloversville coach Mark Schneider said. "In Broadalbin-Perth, she only gave up three hits and today I'm not sure how many hits she gave up, but Glens Falls can hit the ball pretty good, and when they did hit it, we made plays."
"My new pitches helped me a lot this year and definitely this game because it allowed me to move the ball around a lot more," Stewart said.
Stewart started the first inning with a walk of Glens Falls' Kaili Jackson, who then stole second base before Ruby Caprood lined out to Gloversville senior Alexis Capasso.?She made a difficult diving catch from the shortstop position. Stewart then made quick work of the inning by striking out the next two batters.
Glens Falls pitcher Emily Moses also started her first inning with a walk on Ashley Ostrander before striking out Shawna Funk at the plate. Emily Towne and Alexis Capasso then sparked the Huskies' offense with back-to-back singles to the shortstop to fill the bases with only one out.
Moses had trouble with the next batter. Jesse DeVoe hit several foul balls before finally reaching base with a bases-loaded full-count walk, giving the Huskies their first run of the game.
Megan Patterson was then able to keep the scores coming with a two-RBI single to second base. Moses made quick work by striking Stewart out at the plate. However, during the next series of pitches to Ashley Kazala, a wild pitch allowed another runner to score, bringing the Huskies' lead to 4-0.
Moses was eventually able to conclude the first inning with a strikeout on Ashley Funk.
Stewart then returned to the mound and made quick work of the second inning by throwing two consecutive strikeouts before allowing a walk. She then answered to end the inning with a strikeout of Glens Falls' Betsy Burgess.
The Indians were able to score their first run of the game in the top of the fourth after Jordan Pennock hit a line drive that smacked third baseman Emily Towne in the chest allowing her to reach second.
Ali Battease was able to keep the bats alive with an RBI double to deep center field. Stewart was able to remain calm and strikeout the next batter although a wild pitch during the count advanced Battease to third.
Emily Moses then hit an RBI back at Stewart who made the fielders choice to get the second out of the inning by throwing her out at first and allowing Battease to reach home bringing the score to 4-2.
The Huskies were able to increase their lead by another four runs in the fourth thanks to an RBI triple by Shawna Funk, an RBI single by Towne and a two-run triple by Patterson to deep center field bringing their lead to 8-2.
Stewart then made quick work in the fifth by allowing three consecutive ground outs to get out of the inning.
The Huskies kept the scoring in the bottom of the fifth inning after Moses walked Ashley Funk and hit Ashley Ostrander with a pitch. She then allowed Shawna Funk to hit an infield single to put her in a jam with the bases loaded.
Capasso then cleared the bases with a three RBI double to left field resulting in Glens Falls coach Craig Archambault pulling his starting pitcher for Abby Casey. Moses finished the afternoon with four strikeouts, five walks and one hit batter.
Casey walked the first batter she faced but then forced Patterson out with a groundout to third.
The Indians started to rally in the top of the sixth with two back to back single by Cassie Lefebvre and Pennock. Stewart then threw a wild pitch that advanced both runners to second and third and Battease brought Lefebvre home with a single of her own.
Stewart was able to strikeout Tori Agnew, however, relief pitcher Casey was able to hit an RBI double to right field. Burgess kept the runs coming with a two RBI hit to Capasso who had the ball bounce out of her glove while jumping for the ball giving the Indians their last scores of the day 12-6.
The Huskies scored another four runs in the bottom of the sixth after Stewart hit a single and was followed by another two bunt singles by Kazala and Ashley Funk. However, during Funk's bunt there was throwing error that allowed Stewart to reach home plate.
Shawna Funk then hit a sacrifice bunt to bring another runner home during her appearance at the plate. Cappasso took advantage of her last attempt at the plate in a Huskies uniform by hitting a two-run double to left field bringing the Huskies lead to 16-6.
Stewart then finished the game by allowing three quick outs to the infield to finish the game and season. Patterson finished the day with a big single and triple that accounted for four of the Huskies runs while Capasso finished her strong senior season with two doubles resulting in five RBIs.
"We started off pretty bad and we didn't really know what winning was but by the end we pulled it together," Capasso said. "I couldn't have done any of this without my girls."
Capasso said she will be playing softball next season at Herkimer Community College.
The Lady Huskies will be losing seven seniors this year with three returning juniors, however, Coach Schneider remained positive on this season and what next season may bring.
"I came about halfway through the season and I told the girls when I first came here, they can play softball," Schneider said. "I have coached most of these girls through the years, so I knew what they were capable of. The record this year is no indication of what they are capable of doing."
"We are losing seven seniors so there is going to be a little bit of a void there, but the underclassmen are going to have to make that up and we have some good ball players coming up next year, so I'm confident," said Schneider. "I'm just real happy with these girls."