Thursday, May 1, 2008

Arceneaux - 00

Mechanicville pitcher Anna Arceneaux throws to first base to record an out in a Colonial Council game against Cohoes on Wednesday. (J.S. Carras — The Record).


It's no surprise why Mechanicville (5-2, 6-5) freshman Anna Arceneaux wears number 00 - that's what the scoreboard usually looks like when she pitches.

Arceneaux shut down Cohoes (4-3, 4-4) in a battle for second place in the Colonial, holding the Tigers to two hits over seven innings for a 4-0 victory. The Raiders' number three hitter also reached base three times (two walks and one fielder's choice) and came around to score in first as Mechanicville got on the board for three quick runs.

Her changeup was nasty. It was filthy. Batters were either way out in front or frozen at the slow ball coming in over the plate. Arceneaux allowed only one fly ball out, which came off the bat of Cohoes pitcher Courtney Galuski in the fourth.

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One interesting note from the game was Mechaniville's Lindesy McKeever playing shortstop. The senior, already committed to Siena College, typically plays center field. And for good reason - she's left-handed.

You don't see too many southpaws at short. George van Haltern and Billy Hulen are the most recent examples of lefty-throwing major leaguers I can find online. van Haltern's major league career began in 1887 with the Chicago White Stockings and Hulen suited up with the Philadelphia Phillies - in 1896.

But McKeever made a fantastic diving play, going to her left to snare a live drive in the second inning. It was a real web gem. McKeever said after the game she has "a knack for anything in the air."

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Mechanicville 4, Cohoes 0

MECHANICVILLE COHOES

ab r h bi ab r h bi

McKeever ss 4 1 1 0 Kellogg cf 3 0 0 0

Russell 3b 3 0 0 0 Ahern 2b 3 0 0 0

Arceneaux p 2 1 0 0 Deerstyne c 3 0 1 0

Cerrini c 4 0 1 0 Galuski p 3 0 0 0

Malone pr 0 1 0 0 Ladue ss 3 0 0 0

Mastrpitro rf 3 1 0 0 McOmbre rf 2 0 0 0

Murphy 2b 3 0 1 0 Cooper ph 1 0 1 0

Liberty lf 2 0 1 1 Vanelli lf 3 0 0 0

DiDonico 1b 3 0 1 0 Welcome 3b 2 0 0 0

Maiello cf 3 0 0 0 Gratton 1b 2 0 0 0

Totals 27 4 5 1 Totals 25 0 2 0

Mechanicville (5-2, 6-5) 300 001 0 — 4 5 2

Cohoes (4-3, 4-4) 000 000 0 0 2 4

E—Galuski, Ladue (2), Gratton, McKeever, Russell. LOB—

Mechanicville 7, Cohoes 4. SB – McKeever, Liberty, Deerstyne.

CS—Arceneaux.

Mechanicville IP H R ER BB SO

Arceneaux 7 2 0 0 0 7

Cohoes

Galuski 7 5 4 1 4 4

WP—Arceneaux

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In other softball news, Bethlehem handed Colonie its first loss of the season. Mary Beth Dombrowski went 3-for-4 with three singles and Amanda Pettit was 2-for-2 with two runs batted as the Eagles (3-2, 6-3) handled the Garnet Raiders (4-1, 12-1).
Shen's Mandy Ferro shut down the Columbia (4-2, 8-2) High Blue Devils, 8-0. Shen (5-0, 9-1) is now the only undefeated team left in the Suburban Council and joins Lansingburgh, Hoosic Valley and Ichabod Crane as the only local teams still flawless in league play.
Troy (3-1, 5-6) ganged up on Bishop Gibbons (1-3, 1-6), 14-3. Catcher Emily Jones hit a grand slam and pitcher Liz Belleville struck out 13.
Schenectady (3-2, 3-8) beat Catholic Central (2-1, 3-3), 2-1.
Sounded like a real barn burner and a nail-biter in the CHVL...New Lebanon 17, Loudonville Christian 15 (8 innings). Geneva Furlano homered, tripled and singled twice to pace the Tigers to victory in eight innings.
Rachel Farrell homered, tripled and dou¬bled for New Lebanon (5-3, 5-5).
Kristi Walsh went 4-for-5 for the Eagles (6-2, 6-2) and Jillian Thornton tripled, singled twice, drove in two runs and scored five times.

-- Will Montgomery

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