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Softball: Suspension could benefit Duanesburg

Saturday, May 31, 2014
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— Maybe a suspended game was the best thing that could have happened to the Duanesburg softball team Friday.

The Lady Eagles’ Class C sectional final with Greenwich was suspended — as were the other four championship games — when rain made for unplayable conditions on the Clifton Common playing fields.

All the games will be picked up today at 5, weather permitting. The Miss Shen softball program, the primary user of the facility, is booked until 4 this afternoon.

Greenwich got off to a great start in its bid for a fourth straight “C” championship, pushing across two runs and leaving the field with the bases loaded with two outs.

“It certainly wasn’t the way we wanted the game to start,” said Duanesburg coach John Conway. “Our first focus is to get the third out, and get up to bat.”

Greenwich got its runs when Gabrielle VanDeWater dumped a one-out single between three Duanesburg players, Sam Whitehouse followed with a perfectly placed bunt single and Olivia Barnes singled in a run. A walk loaded the bases, and the second run scored when third baseman Devon Hannel couldn’t cleanly field a ball off the bat of No. 7 hitter Madlyn Schafer.

“It’s not like they were hitting the ball hard,” said Conway. “One ball fell in between three of our players, and that bunt stayed fair.

“We have seven at-bats left, and the kids want a chance to do something.”

Greenwich coach Greg McGuirk will take the two runs — and any more his team can get — before taking the field on defense.

“It’s a good start, and, obviously, I’m glad the game is suspended and we don’t have to start all over,” said McGuirk.

The only other game where a team holds an advantage is in Class D, where top-seeded Fort Ann pushed across three runs and will still be batting in the bottom of the first inning.

The Class AA final between Columbia and Bethlehem was still in the first inning when thunder chased the teams to their respective buses. The heavy rain that followed sent everyone home.

“I was off by two outs,” said Columbia coach Chris Ciccone of the weather. “I told my assistant coach during the [pre-game] ceremonies that we wouldn’t get out of the first inning.

“But we’re good for [tomorrow]. Today, we had a short practice at 1:15, and we might do the same thing inside.”

Bethlehem coach Karen Gentile was also in the no-harm, no-foul mindset.

“We’re good, no conflicts or anything,” she said. “We’re ready to go.”

Gentile, who played in high school, could not recall a similar postponement situation.

“Not that I can remember,” she said.

Mechanicville and Cohoes had gotten through an inning of their Class BB/B playoff, the third meeting of the season between the Colonial Council rivals.

Mechanicville coach Don Arceneaux deduced that Friday’s games were put on hold when he saw other teams run back to get their equipment from the dugouts.

“We’re in the bus, so we can’t hear any announcement,” he said. “We give the committee people our cell phone numbers, so they can call us.

 
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