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Varsity vs Averill Park HS on 4/21/2011 12:00:00 PM
Posted Thursday, April 28, 2011 by Alex Ventre

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SARATOGA SPRINGS — It was a wild and windy softball game at Saratoga Springs High School, where Averill Park scored four runs in the final two innings to complete a 7-5 come-from-behind victory over the Blue Streaks.

The Warriors (3-3) trailed 5-3 entering the top of the sixth inning, but Meaghan Hagerty began the frame with a base knock between first and second. Molly Wheeler followed with another single to put two runners aboard with one out.

Junior Molly Fryer ripped a triple to the right field fence. The blast scored Hagerty, but Wheeler was thrown out with a play at the plate.

Mckenzie Bump then knotted the score, 5-5, with a RBI single down the right field line.

With the score remaining tied an inning late, the Warriors mounted another offensive barrage. Kelly Donnelly smacked a single and proceeded to steal second base. Next, Caroline Wood put runners on the corners with another base hit.

Rachel VanVleck put Averill Park ahead with a little help from Mother Nature. The sophomore hit a pop fly that got caught in a gust of wind and fell to the ground untouched, which scored Donnelly.

“The wind definitely does make it challenging because it’s blowing in,” Saratoga coach Laura Cuthbertson said. “Then in the outfield, everything was going to the right. So that makes it really challenging, especially for the outfielders with those fly balls and line drives.”

Alex Fortin added an insurance run for the Warriors with a RBI single to bring Wood home and make it a 7-5 affair.

In the bottom of the frame, Jeanine Rodriguez hit a two-out double for the Blue Streaks (2-5), but Sydney Vishneowski followed with a game-ending ground out to first base.

“We needed this game to get back to .500,” Averill Park coach Ken Bailey said. “We need to knock off these big teams. We knocked off Columbia last game, then Saratoga today. It’s big for us. We’re an A school playing in the Double-A division in the Suburban Council.”

Bump earned the win on the mound, while going 3-for-4 with a triple, two runs and one RBI.

Emily Fleming took the complete-game loss for Saratoga, but went 1-for-3 with one RBI at bat, while Vishneowski also ended 1-for-3 with a walk, a run and one RBI.

Despite holding the lead late in the game, Saratoga found itself behind for much of the contest.

Kelly Belveau gave Averill Park a one-run advantage in the top of the first with a RBI single. Saratoga tied it up in the bottom of the second when Emily Fleming clubbed a single to left-center that scored Vishneowski.

The Blue Streaks were down one run an inning later, but Morgan Cahill beat out an infield single and Michaela Bertrand reached home to knot the game, 2-2.

Most of Saratoga’s damage came in the bottom of the fifth. With a one-run deficit and one out in the inning, Meagan Fleming drew a walk to load the bases. Bertrand then scored on a wild pitch to draw even with the Warriors.

Vishneowski then smacked a RBI single between first and second to score Makaylee Dowd. Saratoga concluded its three-run inning when Rodriguez hit a sacrifice fly out to center field, allowing Colette Carlson to tag up from third to score.

Even though the Blue Streaks couldn’t hold on to their late lead, Cuthbertson was still encouraged by Saratoga’s performance.

“The girls did well,” the first-year varsity coach said. “They did great offensively. Our girls are hitting the ball, they just aren’t hitting it to the holes. We had a lot of action on the bases today and we’re improving. We aren’t perfect. We’re working on things, but we’re improving and we’ll come out strong next week.”

The Blue Streaks return to the diamond at home on Wednesday against Burnt Hills.



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