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Varsity vs Shenendehowa HS on 5/3/2011 4:15:00 PM
Posted Wednesday, May 04, 2011 by Saratogian

HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL: Shenendehowa gets past Saratoga Springs in extra innings


CLIFTON PARK — Saratoga Springs pitcher Colette Carlson escaped a few jams on Tuesday afternoon against Shenendehowa.

She just couldn’t get out of one final one.

Shen’s Melissa Morgan drew a walk with the bases loaded and one out in the bottom of the eighth as the Plainsmen pulled off a come-from-behind, extra-inning 3-2 win against Saratoga at Shenendehowa High School.

“Morgan is smart enough not to be anxious there,” said Shen head coach Dan D’Amboise. “She’s disciplined and she isn’t going to chase.”

Carlson stranded 10 Shenendehowa runners on the base paths in the game. Including several situations where she left the runners standing in scoring position.

“Colette pitched outstanding,” said Saratoga head coach Laura Cutherbertson. “I told her after the game, ‘If she didn’t pitch like she did, we would not have been in that situation.’”

In the fifth, two infield pop-ups from Marlin Solano and Giuliana Figliomeni, Shen’s third and fourth hitters, squandered a Shen rally that had runners on second and third with only one out. Carlson gave up one run on a fielder’s choice by Alyssa Kramer, but escaped danger again in the sixth when Caitlin Lawson fouled out to Saratoga first basemen Emily Fleming with the go-ahead run on second base.

The seventh was no different as Carlson relied on a nice relay from right fielder Krystal Kosh to first baseman Emily Fleming to catcher Meagan Fleming that just beat Solano coming home to keep the winning run from scoring in the bottom of the seventh. Two batters later, Allyson Koney popped up to Carlson to end the threat and send the game to extras.

“She kept us off balance early,” D’Amboise said about Saratoga’s starting pitcher. “We got some opportunities, but we hit it right at people. It shows this team’s character that they were able to battle back.”

Shen also got a strong performance in the circle — and at the plate – from pitcher Cameron Sprague. Sprague only had problems with one Saratoga hitter – Meagan Fleming — as she scattered four hits over eight innings for work and struck out 11 Blue Streak hitters.

Fleming went 3-for-3 in the game, with two doubles and both of the Blue Streak’s RBI. Michaela Bertrand scored both of the runs after drawing two walks.

“We couldn’t do anything against Fleming,” said D’Amboise.

“She’s on a roll the last few games,” Cuthbertson added.

As for Sprague at the plate, she went 3-for-3 with three singles and scored a run on Kramer’s fielder’s choice in the sixth.

“She had a tremendous game,” D’Amboise said about his starting pitcher. “She had three hits, it was outstanding. She’s a big part of our success so far this season.”

Morgan had two RBI’s on the game for Shen, one with the walk in the bottom of the eighth and the other on a shot the gap in left center that hit the fence on a bounce and scored Kayla Lindros in the fifth inning.

Emily Fleming had the only other hit for Saratoga, a single in the fourth. Bertrand drew two walks.

Saratoga falls to 4-7 on the season, but Cuthbertson remained optimistic about the team’s prospects going forward.

“We’re hitting the ball, we’re playing smart defense and, most importantly, we are playing as a team,” she said.



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