LAKE GEORGE - For the first five innings of Wednesday's Section II Class C first-round game, the Mayfield softball team was in control, holding a 6-5 lead over Lake George.
However, the Lady Panthers were undone by a pair of errors and five hits by the seventh-seeded Warriors in the bottom of the sixth. Lake George scored six times in the sixth on its way to an 11-6 win over the 10th-seeded Warriors.
"It was our game," Mayfield coach Jamie Hurd said. "It's been the same thing all year. We just made errors at the wrong time."
Mayfield’s Kiera Davis hits the ball during Wednesday’s Section II Class C first-round game against Lake George at Lake George Elementary School. (The Leader-Herald/Paul Wager)
Back-to-back errors put Emma Feathers and Amy Sander on base for the Warriors in the bottom of the sixth before Catie Cleveland plated Feathers with an RBI single to left to tie the game at 6-6.
"When the door is open, you've got to take advantage of it," Lake George coach Kyle Manny said. "We did a good job of that in the sixth inning."
Nicole Nolin came in to run for Cleveland and Emma Underwood reached on a fielder's choice to lead the bases with no outs.
Lake George's No. 9 hitter Julia McCabe came to the plate, and delivered the game's biggest hit, smacking a bases-clearing double to deep left centerfield. McCabe finished the game with five RBIs for the Warriors.
"We're not hiding anyone in the No. 9 slot. Julia [McCabe] is one of our best hitters and she came up big for us today," Manny said. "Having her in the No. 9 spot is just how we like to do it. It's worked out well for us, and it did again today."
Lake George also got RBI singles from Britt Motta and Alexis Cone in the sixth as it surged to an 11-6 lead.
Mayfield got two-out singles from Lyndsey Barber and Amber Costa in its half of the seventh, but the Warriors kept the Lady Panthers off the board to seal the win.
Until the final innings, Mayfield had the game in hand as senior pitcher Anna Husain allowed just three hits over the first five innings before surrendering five hits in the sixth.
Husain allowed eight hits, struck out five and walked two for the Lady Panthers. She also went 2-for-3 with a walk, three runs scored and an RBI for Mayfield.
"Anna [Husain] is one of the best athletes in the area. We're certainly going to miss her next year," Hurd said. "She does it all for us."
Mayfield got on the board quickly, scoring once in the top of the first as Husain drew a leadoff walk and scored on a two-out RBI single by Nicole Little.
Lake George answered with two runs in its half of the first, getting a triple from Motta, who went 2-for-4 for the Warriors. Cone reached on an error that allowed Motta to score, while Feathers added an RBI single to make it 2-1.
After a scoreless second inning, the Lady Panthers regained the lead with two runs in the top of the third inning.
Husain had a single for Mayfield, while Nicole Little and Barber each had RBI singles to give the Lady Panthers a 3-2 lead. Barber finished the game 3-for-4 with an RBI for Mayfield, while Nicole Little was 2-for-4 with two RBIs.
Mayfield continued its momentum in the fourth inning, scoring three times with two outs.
Jennifer Little had a two-out double to deep leftfield before scoring on a single by Husain. Lisa Hime and Maria Messina each had RBI singles for the Lady Panthers, who took a 6-2 lead into the bottom of the fourth.
However, Lake George cut its deficit back to a run, scoring three times in its half of the fourth.
"That was huge," Manny said. "Going into that at-bat I told the girls that we were going to get a few runs back. We've been able to respond like that all year. They believe and know they've got to play seven innings."
Lake George took advantage of a pair of errors by the Lady Panthers to trail 6-5 after four innings. McCabe plated two of the runs when she reached on a two-out error, while Cleveland had an RBI groundout for the Warriors.
Mayfield finished the game with five errors.
After a scoreless fifth inning, Lake George scored six times in the sixth to claim the victory.
Sander earned the win in the circle for Lake George, allowing 11 hits, striking out four and walking two.
"I'm very pleased with our effort," Manny said. "We've been working hard at playing all seven innings this season."
Lake George (17-4 overall) advances to face No. 2 seed Greenwich in Friday's quarterfinals at 4:30 p.m. in Greenwich. The Witches topped No. 15 seed Canajoharie, 8-4, in the first round Wednesday.
Mayfield finished its season with a 12-7 overall record.
It was the final game for Mayfield seniors Jennifer Little, Nicole Little, Kelsey Burton, Taylor Gifford, Hime and Husain.
"It's been a great season," Hurd said. "To win the WAC North Division is a great feeling. We had some great moments throughout the season. To even make it this far is a great accomplishment."
Lake George 11, Mayfield 6
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Husain and J. Little; Sander and McCabe.
GREENWICH - Ashleigh Maines connected for a double, a triple and three RBIs for Greenwich to help lift the Witches into the quarterfinals of the Section II Class C tournament.
Sarah Heimbach contributed three singles and two RBIs to the Greenwich offense, while Mariah Linnett had two singled and Courtney Towne tripled.
Shy Logan had a triple and Bri Slater doubled for Canajoharie.
Greenwich 8, Canajoharie 4
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Logan and Balfe; Heimbach and Linnett.
Taconic Hills 3, Fonda-Fultonville 0
CRARYVILLE - Hannah Sears scattered four hits and struck out 20 to lead the Titans to victory in Wednesday's Class B opening round game.
Sam Hart went the distance for Fonda-Fultonville, allowing five hits, all singles, while striking out three.
Emily Frollo and Hart had two singles apiece for the Lady Braves.
Taconic Hills 3, Fonda-Fultonville 0
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Hart and Egelston; Sears.
Wednesday's Section II Class C opening round softball games between Duanesburg and Fort Plain and Galway and Albany Academy were postponed due to rain.