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Softball pairings: Eagles hoping for a long run

Monday, May 19, 2014
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Duanesburg softball coach John Conway has taken his team deep into the postseason before.

His current team might be playing well enough to match some of the past success.

“I like the makeup of this team, and I like the way they’re playing together at this stage of the season,” said Conway, whose Western Athletic Conference champions drew the top seed Monday for the Class C tournament. Duanesburg has a first-round bye, then will host the winner of Wednesday’s game between two other WAC teams — Middleburgh and Schoharie — on Friday.

“I thought we had a chance to place well,” Conway said of the draw. “But with the Class C bracket, there’s such a diversity of leagues. There might be more leagues represented in the C’s than any other bracket.”

The Lady Eagles went 12-0 during the league season, won the two-game WAC Cup tourney and take an 18-2 record into the sectionals. Both losses came in the Red Hook Tournament, to Port Jervis and Marlboro.

First baseman Rachel Gamache is having a superb season, and Conway has two reliable pitchers in Tori Powers and Sydney Foland, a transfer from Schoharie.

“Rachel is having an unbelievable season,” said Conway, whose team is one of seven from the WAC in the 13-team “C” field. “She’s hitting around .500, and with power. We have two good pitchers, and we actually have two different lineups, depending on who we’re pitching.”

Other league champs receiving top seeds are defending Class A champ Troy (Big 10), returning Class B winner Chatham (Patroon Conference), and Adirondack League winner Fort Ann, which won the Class D crown.

Shenendehowa (13-3, 17-3), the Suburban Council North champ, got the top spot in AA, followed by SC South co-champ Columbia. Defending champ Guilderland is No. 4.

Like Duanesburg, Schalmont is looking at a bracket that looks like a league tournament. The No. 3 seeded Lady Sabres host Schuylerville of the Wasaren League on Friday in Class BB, with a win setting up a quarterfinal against one of two Colonial Council rivals — Watervliet or No. 2 seed Ravena-Coeymans-Sekirk.

“I think it’s a great representation for the league,” said Schalmont coach Eric Lybrand of a bracket where five of the eight teams — including top-seeded Cohoes — are from the Colonial.

Lybrand said his team is as prepared as it can be for the postseason.

“We’ve played 20 games to get ready, but I also told the girls not to make too much of this,” he said. “I want them to treat it like a non-league game.”

Schalmont starts a freshman at catcher and another ninth-grader at shortstop, and is heavy on underclassmen. Senior Lauren Mahar leads the team in hitting and RBI, and went 14-4 in the circle. She owns school career records with 13 shutouts and 520 strikeouts.

“I brought up the younger kids last year to get them the experience, and we won a sectional game,” said Lybrand.

Big 10 runner-up Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons was awarded the third seed in Class BB, but may have to travel to No. 6 Ichabod Crane on Wednesday. The Lady Knights’ field does not meet the standards for sectional play, and as of Monday evening, the school was looking to secure a site for the game.

“We need to know by Tuesday,” said Section II softball chairman Kathi Allen. “We have to let Ichabod Crane know.”

Scotia-Glenville, the Foothills Council runner-up at 12-2, got the No. 4 seed in Class A, and hosts FC rival Queensbury in a Friday opener. The teams split during the season.

Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake got the No. 6 spot, and travels to Foothills champ South Glens Falls on Friday.

Niskayuna is the No. 6 seed, and goes to Colonie in the quarters of the 10-team “AA” bracket, where nine spots went to SC schools. Schenectady did not petition to get into the tourney.

Joelle Salisbury scatterd five hits, struckout 14 and drove in three runs with two singles and a double as Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons defeated Gloversville, 9-2, in a non-league game.

Julianna Maddalone finished with a triple, two singles and five RBI for the Knights.

CLASS AA

First round

Wednesday

(records reflect league games only)

9-Shaker (3-13) at 8-Ballston Spa (5-11), 4:30; 10-Catholic Central (10-8) at 7-Saratoga Springs (5-11) at Geyser Park, 4:30.

Quarterfinals

Friday

Shaker/Ballston Spa winner at 1-Shenendehowa (13-3), 4:30; 5-Bethlehem (9-7) at 4-Guilderland (10-6), 4:30; Catholic Central/Saratoga winner at 2-Columbia (13-3), 4:30; 6-Niskayuna (6-10) at 3-Colonie (11-5).

Semifinals

May 28

at Veeder Park, Colonie, 4.

Championship

May 30

at Clifton Common, 5.

CLASS A

Wednesday

First round

9-Cobleskil-Richmondville (7-9) at 8-Hudson Falls (7-7), 3; 10-Amsterdam (3-6) at 7-Glens Falls (8-6), 4:30.

Quarterfinals

Friday

Cobleskill-Richmondville/Hudson Falls winner at 1-Troy (10-0), 4:30; 5-Queensbury (10-4) at 4-Scotia-Glenville (12-2), 4:30; Amsterdam/Glens Falls winner at 2-Averill Park (13-3), 4:30; 6-Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake (7-9) at 3-South Glens Falls (12-1), 4:30.

Semifinals

May 28

at Malta Rec, 4.

Championship

May 30

at Clifton Common, 5.

CLASS BB

Quarterfinals

Wednesday

8-Hudson (6-8) at 1-Cohoes (16-0), 4:30; 5-Ichabod Crane (10-6) vs. 4-Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons (8-2), site tba, 4:30; 7-Watervliet (8-7) at 2-Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk (11-5), 4;30; 6-Schuylerville (10-4) at 3-Schalmont (12-4), 4:30.

Semifinals

Friday

at Clifton Common, 4.

Championship

May 28

at Veeder Park, Colonie, 4.

CLASS BB/B

Playoff

May 30

at Clifton Common, 5.

CLASS B

Quarterfinals

Wednesday

1-Chatham (13-1) bye; 5-Stillwater (9-5) at 4-Greenville (12-2), 4:30; 7-Holy Names (6-10) at 2-Tamarac (13-1), 4:30; 6-Corinth )10-1) at 3-Mechanicvcille (13-3), 4:30.

Semifinals

Friday

at Clifton Common, 4.

Championship

May 28

at Veeder Park, Colonie, 4.

CLASS BB/B

Playoff

May 30

at Clifton Common, 5,

CLASS C

First round

Wednesday

9-Schohrie (9-3) at 8-Middleburgh (9-3), 4:30; 13-Mayfield (4-8) at 4-Waterford-Halfmoon (13-1), 4:30; 12-Galway (6-6) at 5-Lake George (8-2), 4:30; 10-Canajoharie (8-4) at 7-Rensselaer (12-4), 4:30; 11-Saratoga Central Catholic at 6-Greenwich (7-7), 4:30.

Quarterfinals

Friday

Schoharie/Middleburgh winner at 1-Duanesburg (12-0), 4:30; Mayfield/Waterford winner vs. Galway/Lake Goore winner, at highest seed, 4:30; Canajoaharie/Rensselaer winner at 2-Hoosic Valley (9-5), 4:30; Saratoga Catholic/Greenwich winner at 3-Maple Hill (9-5), 4:30.

Semifinals

May 28

at Moreau Rec, 4,

Championship

May 30

at Clifton Common, 5.

CLASS D

Quarterfinals

Thursday

5-Germantown (11-5) at 4-Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville (8-4), 4:30.

Friday

8-Salem (4-7) at 1-Fort Ann (10-0), 4:30; 7-Fort Edward (5-6) at 2-Loudonville Christian School (14-2) at 147 Old Niskayuna Road, Loudonville, 4:30; 6-Hartford (7-4) at 3-Warrensburg

(9-2), 4:30.

Semifinals

May 28

at Moreau Rec, 4,

Championship

May 30

at Clifton Common, 5.

 
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