Lady Bills close out season with win over Huskies

JOHNSTOWN – After both the Johnstown and Gloversville softball teams suffered losses in Foothills Council crossover games Wednesday, they looked to wrap their seasons with a win against one another.

The Lady Bills dropped a 22-10 decision at Glens Falls, while the Huskies lost 16-1 at Hudson Falls.

In the final game of the season for both teams, Johnstown shook off a slow start to post a 12-6 victory over Gloversville.

“This was a nice way to end the season for the seniors,” Johnstown coach Jamie Kohout said. “We were just on offensively tonight.”

The Lady Bills finished with nine hits on the night, while limiting Gloversville to six.

The Huskies opened the scoring with a run in the top of the first when Jazmyn Eberts led off with a single and Michaela Ponticello followed with an infield single. Eberts scored on a sacrifice fly by Jen Vickery to make it 1-0.

Johnstown answered with a run of its own in the bottom of the inning, getting a leadoff triple by Mallory Baldwin, who scored on a sacrifice bunt by Molly Morrison to make it 1-1 after one inning.

The Huskies regained the lead in the top of the second, scoring three runs on three walks, a hit batter and a two-run single by Emily Washburn to take a 4-1 lead.

The Lady Bills responded with a run in the bottom of the second.

Cecelia Mowrey reached on a one-out infield single and scored on a two-out single by Baldwin to cut the Gloversville lead to 4-2.

In the top of the third, Johnstown sent Alison Trajlinek to the circle to take over for Alex Thiessen.

Thiessen allowed three hits, walked four and hit one batter in two innings of work.

Trajlinek allowed just three hits over the final five innings, striking out three and walking just one.

“Johnstown’s second pitcher [Trajlinek] had a little different velocity,” Gloversville coach Mark LeFever said. “She pitched well. She threw strikes and they played solid defense behind her.”

The Huskies scored once in the third inning, getting an RBI single from Rebecca Brown-Weinstock that scored Abbey Johnson who reached on an error.

Down 5-2, the Lady Bills erupted for six runs in the bottom of the third to take the lead for good.

Jackie Claburn, Taylor Hill, Mowrey and Baldwin all had singles in the inning for the Lady Bills. Baldwin’s hit plated two runs, while Trajlinek plated a run with a bases-loaded walk.

Johnstown also scored twice on wild pitches to take an 8-5 lead after three innings.

Gloversville mustered an infield single by Eberts in the sixth for their lone hit over the next three innings.

“Their bats continued for seven innings and ours stopped after three,” LeFever said. “[Johnstown] found the open holes and we hit it right at them.”

The Lady Bills’ offense kept rolling, adding three runs in the bottom of the fourth on two singles and two Gloversville errors.

Alexis Darling and Hill had singles in the inning for Johnstown, which led 11-5 after four innings.

Baldwin scored the Lady Bills’ final run in the fifth inning, scoring on a wild pitch to give her team and 11-5 advantage.

Gloversville closed out the scoring with a run in the top of the seventh. Vickery reach on a leadoff single and scored on a groundout by Aspen Darling to make the final score 12-5.

Baldwin finished with a double, two singles, three RBIs and three runs scored to lead Johnstown, while Hill and Mowrey each had two singles.

Eberts was the lone Gloversville player with more than two hits, finishing with a pair of singles.

“[Johnstown] was the better team tonight,” LeFever said. “Our girls kept battling to the end. If we were able to get a baserunner or two, we might have made it a closer game.”

It was the final game for Johnstown seniors Claburn, Molly Morrison, Alexis Darling and Hill.

“We’ve had lots of ups and downs this season,” Kohout said. “I couldn’t be prouder of the team. It’s a good bunch of girls.”

Johnstown ended its season with a 4-11 overall record and a 3-10 mark in Foothills Council play.

Gloversville ended its season with a 2-17 overall record and a 1-12 record in Foothills Council play.

Johnstown 12, Gloversville 6

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Johnstown116 310 x – 12 9 1

Vickery and Darling; Theissen, Trajlinek (3) and Mowrey, Claburn (7).

Western Athletic

Conference

Canajoharie 8,

Galway 2

GALWAY – Jenna Shepard connected for a pair of doubles and scored twice to lead Canajoharie to the league victory.

Madison Koelbl added a single, double, an RBI and a run scored, while Katie Towse had an RBI double.

Matisha Kenyon and Bre Doherty both singled to account for Galway’s two hits in the game.

Canajoharie 8, Galway 2

Canajoharie020 150 0 – 8 9 2

Galway010 001 0 – 2 2 3

Bowerman and Hammons; Schwab, Smith (6) and Doherty, Munchbach (6).

Fort Plain 9,

OESJ 5

FORT PLAIN – Kendra Trembley connected for a triple to help Fort Plain rally past OESJ for the victory.

Michaela Stockwell went 2-for-3 for the Lady Hilltoppers with two runs scored, while Maecee Lathers was 2-for-4 with a run scored.

Fort Plain pitcher Kendall Kennedy tossed a one-hitter, striking out nine and walking nine.

Sarah Carl recorded the lone hit for OESJ and scored a run, while Jazmin Mumford scored twice for the Lady Wolves.

Samantha LaCoppola was in the circled for OESJ and recorded five strike outs and walked two.

OESJ played Saratoga Central Catholic in a second game Thursday and came away with a 9-5 league win.

Fort Plain 9, Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville 5

Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville100 400 0 – 5 1 8

Fort Plain120 150 x – 9 11 1

WP: Kendall Kennedy; LP: Samantha LaCoppola

Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville 9,

Saratoga Central Catholic 2

Saratoga Central Catholic001 010 0 – 2 12 4

Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville070 200 x – 9 8 3

Duanesburg 5,

Middleburgh 2

DUANESBURG – After having their 85-game league winning streak snapped by Middleburgh on Monday, the Duanesburg Eagles avenged the loss with a 5-2 victory Thursday at Duanesburg High School to claim their 15th straight WAC South title.

Tori Geiger had a double and a single to go with two RBIs, while Devon Hennel had two singles and Jenna Lees added an RBI double.

Lexi Stephens led Middleburgh at the plate with two singles.

Duanesburg advances to the WAC Cup championship game to face the Mayfield Lady Panthers at noon Saturday at Duanesburg High School.

Duanesburg 5, Middleburgh 2

Middleburgh000 000 0 – 2 2 0

Duanesburg202 001 x – 5 7 3

Coons and Wood; Lombardoni and Geiger

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