H.S. Softball Roundup: Lady Bills hold on for win over Huskies

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Johnstown’s Grace Giarrizzo (5) is safe at second as Gloversville’s Rebecca Brown-Weinstock attempts to apply the tag during Tuesday’s Foothills Council South Division softball game at Johnstown High School. (The Leader-Herald/Paul Wager)

JOHNSTOWN — After both teams were shut out Monday, the Johnstown and Gloversville softball teams looked to bounce back against one another in a Foothills Council softball contest Tuesday at Johnstown High School.

The Lady Bills led most of the way, but needed a run in the bottom of the seventh to earn a 4-3 victory over the Huskies.

“It got a little nerve-wracking at the end,” Johnstown coach Jamie Kohout said. “We pulled it out though.”

It was a welcome result for the Lady Bills, who were blanked at Schuylerville on Monday, 15-0, while the Huskies’ three-run effort came after a 17-0 home loss to Scotia-Glenville on Monday.

“Johnstown played well defensively tonight,” Gloversville coach Mark LeFever said. “Both teams played well. It was a good game.”

After scoring once in the second inning and twice in the third, the Lady Bills were in control for the majority of the game.

However, Johnstown saw its 3-1 lead evaporate when Gloversville scored twice in its half of the seventh.

The inning started with a pair of groundouts to second by the Huskies’ Caitlyn Catucci and Kendra Lavery, bringing Rebecca Brown-Weinstock to the plate. Down to her final strike, Brown-Weinstock drew a walk to keep Gloversville in the game.

Three straight singles from Payton Biasini, Gabby Langley and Michaela Ponticello followed. Biasini’s and Langley’s singles loaded the bases for Ponticello, who plated Brown-Weinstock with a two-out, two-strike single to center to make the score 3-2.

With the bases still loaded, Jennifer Vickery grounded to Johnstown shortstop Sydney Darling, who attempted to tag Langley who was headed to third. The tag missed and the ensuing throw to first wasn’t in time, allowing Biasini to score the game-tying run.

Johnstown escaped the jam when pitcher Alison Trajlinek got Sheyenne Beach to ground out to third for the inning’s final out.

“It was tough to give up the tying runs in the top of the seventh, but we came right back and got the winning run in the bottom of the inning,” Kohout said.

In its half of the seventh, Grace Giarrizzo led off with a bunt single for Johnstown.

After Giarrizzo stole second, she advanced to third on a sacrifice by Anna Heroth.

Mallory Baldwin fell behind 0-2 before smacking a single to left field, scoring Giarrizzo with the game-winning run.

“I thought we played well tonight,” Kohout said. “We played well on defense. It was a good game for us.”

After a scoreless first inning, Johnstown scored the game’s first run in the bottom of the second on an RBI groundout by Sophia Frenyea that scored Janay Douglas, who had reached on a dropped third strike to start the inning.

The Lady Bills added to their advantage in the bottom of the third, scoring twice on three hits.

Darling and Baldwin had RBI singles in the frame for Johnstown.

Gloversville got one run in the top of the fourth when Vickery scored on an RBI single from Catucci.

However, the Lady Bills escaped further trouble when catcher Cecelia Mowrey converted a bases-loaded, inning-ending double play.

“We caught a bad break in the fourth inning on that double play,” LeFever said.

The score remained 3-1 until the seventh when the teams combined for three runs in their final at-bats.

Giarrizzo finished 3-for-4 with two runs scored for Johnstown, while Baldwin, Darling and Josephine Mowrey each went 2-for-3. Darling had a triple and an RBI, while Baldwin had two RBIs.

Langley was 3-for-4 for Gloversville, while Ponticello was 2-for-4 with an RBI.

“We didn’t give up. We battled right to the end,” LeFever said. “It’s a credit to the girls’ character. I’m proud of their effort.”

Gloversville (1-3 overall, 1-3 Foothills) is scheduled to host Schuylerville on Friday at Parkhurst Field at 4:30 p.m.

Johnstown (3-3 overall, 3-2 Foothills) is slated to travel to Queensbury on Friday for a 4:30 p.m. game.

Johnstown 4, Gloversville 3

Gloversville 000 100 2 — 3 8 2

Johnstown 012 000 1 — 4 9 1

Vickery and Lavery; Trajlinek and C. Mowrey.

WAC

Canajoharie 15, Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville 0

ST. JOHNSVILLE — Mollie Krug had two doubles and a single to help Canajoharie to a Western Athletic Conference victory over Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville.

Mackenzie Bowerman pitched a one-hitter for Canajoharie (3-1 overall, 3-1 WAC).

Jenna Shepard and Madison Koelbl each had two singles and a double for the Lady Cougars.

Fontana LaCoppola had the lone hit for OESJ (1-4 overall, 1-3 WAC).

Canajoharie 15, Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville 0

Canajoharie 411 09 — 15 18 2

Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville 000 00 — 0 1 0

Bowerman and Krug; Arduini and Handy.

By Paul Wager

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