Monday, May 12, 2008

Monday's Roundup; Latest Softball Standings

The La Salle lacrosse team took a page from the River Rats' playbook on Monday afternoon...
La Salle 8, Schenectady 7 (4 OT):
It took four overtimes, but the Cadets got the game-winner from Dave Nicol to defeat the Patriots in a Big 10 league game.
Dan Sacks and Niall Cahill scored two goals apiece for La Salle (7-6).

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In softball, Schenectady rallied from a 5-1 deficit to beat Troy 6-5 in extra innings and claim a share of the Big 10 lead. Both teams have three games to play, and if they finish the season tied for first, they would play a one-game playoff to determine the league champ.

The Flying Horses grabbed an early lead, but let it slip away when they gave up four runs in the bottom of the sixth. However, third baseman Gabby Daniels was a birght spot for the Flying Horses. The freshman call-up (she spent the beginning of the season on the JV team) Daniels had four great at-bats, fouling off pitch after pitch, picking up two of Troy's three hits. Daniels also reached twice on errors, drove in a run and made a number of great plays at the hot corner.

In the Colonial Council, Mechanicville beat Lansinburgh 6-0, ensuring that the Lady Knights will not run undefeated through the league. However, Lansingburgh is still in line to take the Colonial title, an honor they split with Mechanicville in 2002. Mechanicville has at least won or shared the Colonial every year since 2000.
Mechanicville pitcher Anna Arceneaux delivers a pitch during Monday's Colonial Council game against Lansingburgh at Knickerbacker Park. (J.S. Carras — The Record)

Hoosic Valley improved to 11-0 in the Wasaren with a 15-0 victory over Cambridge. Jen Mineau and Emilee Bonnier both went five-for-five in the win. Mineau struck out 16 and allowed only one hit - no walks.

Eighth-grader Rachel Quackenbush of Hoosick Falls no-hit Tamarac, her third no-hitter of the year.

Niskayuna beat Columbia to improve to 9-2 in the Suburban. Other Suburban winners included Shen, Burnt Hills and Colonie.

Holy Names beat Voorheesville - a step behind Lansingburgh and Mechanicville in the Colonial. Holy Names is also intruiging as a dark horse in the class A sectionals behind South Glens Falls and 'Burgh.

Katie Cahrenger led the Lady Fordians of Waterford to a one-hitter win over Berlin.

Power Polls, 5/13
Large Schools

1. Shenendehowa (11-0, 15-1) The Plainsmen remain perfect in the talent-packed Suburban Council and will get a final test when they host Colonie on Thursday the 22nd. Mandy Ferro can deal and the lineup has been bashing the ball of late.

2. Lansingburgh (12-1, 15-2) The Lady Knights fell to Mechanicville on Monday, but it seems like the team got away from its strengths. This team plays very solid defense and hits well one through nine. The ‘Burgh will try to rebound Wednesday against Cohoes.

3. Niskayuna (9-2, 15-2) The Silver Warriors have been consistent all year long – Rachel Annello just no-hit Colonie last week. There are some tough teams in the AA bracket, but Nisky looks like they can pull off an upset.

4. Troy (7-2, 12-7) The Flying Horses dropped a key decision to Schenectady on Monday when the Patriots scored four runs in the sixth inning to tie the game and then took it 6-5 in the eighth. This team can really hit the ball and they’ve showed they can play small ball as well. Once sectionals roll around it will come down to pitching and defense for this young squad.

5. Colonie (8-3, 16-3) The Garnet Raiders have struggled ever since losing pitcher Toni Fusco and the game to Shen on May 5. However, if the team can right itself this week and next they will be in perfect position for a deep run in the sectional playoffs.

Honorable mention: Schenectady, Columbia, Holy Names, Catholic High

Small Schools

1. Mechanicville (11-2, 12-6) The Red Raiders are back. After some early-season struggles, Mechanicville won big over ‘Burgh on Monday and although they will be hard pressed to claim a ninth-straight Colonial Council title, the Red Raiders are poised to breeze through the class C bracket.

2. Hoosic Valley (11-0, 12-0) Hoosic Valley typically plays in class C, but is enjoying a bump up to class B this season. Jen Mineau has been true to form so far this year, throwing 11 shutouts in 12 games.

3. Schuylerville (9-2, 10-5) Mikayla Wells is another one of the top-tier pitchers in the Wasaren League and she recently no-hit Hoosick Falls. (The Panthers have a wonderful hurler of their own in eighth-grader Rachel Quackenbush).

4. Waterford (8-1, 11-2) The Lady Fordians are running away with the CHVL, thanks to a pair of mashers in Jamie VanBramer and Aimee Lefebvre. But, pitcher Katie Cahrenger can also step up to carry the team when needed.

5. Cobleskill (8-6, 11-6) I haven’t seen the Bulldogs play, but everyone’s talking about their pitcher, Sarah Harrison. All it takes is one hot arm to make a long playoff run.

Honorable mention: Ichabod Crane, Taconic Hills, Chatham, Hoosick Falls, Cobleskill, Loudonville Christian




The latest standings are below:

As of 5/12/08

League


Overall



Wins

Losses

Wins

Losses

School





Big 10





Troy

7

2

12

7

Schenectady

7

2

7

8

CCHS

4

2

7

6

Amsterdam

4

3

6

6

Bishop Gibbons

2

4

2

7

Albany

1

5

3

13

Bishop Maginn

1

6

1

8






Suburban Council





Blue Division





Shenendehowa

11

0

15

1

Colonie

8

3

16

3

Saratoga

6

5

10

5

Shaker

4

5

5

6

Gold Division





Columbia

6

5

13

6

Bethlehem

5

4

10

5

Guilderland

4

5

10

6

Ballston Spa

1

7

5

8

White Division





Niskayuna

9

2

15

2

Burnt Hills

6

5

11

7

Mohonasen

1

8

5

10

Averill Park

0

6

2

7






Colonial Council





Lansingburgh

12

1

15

2

Mechanicville

11

2

12

6

Holy Names

9

3

11

6

Cobleskill

8

6

11

6

Cohoes

7

3

7

11

Ravena

4

7

8

10

Voorheesville

3

9

4

12

Schalmont

2

10

5

11

Watervliet

2

11

2

11






Wasaren League





Hoosic Valley

11

0

12

0

Schuylerville

9

2

10

5

Granville

7

3

9

3

Greenwich

6

5

11

8

Hoosick Falls

5

6

9

12

Tamarac

3

7

6

12

Stillwater

2

7

3

10

Cambridge

0

12

0

13






Patroon Conference





Ichabod Crane

13

0

15

2

Taconic Hills

11

4

14

4

Chatham

10

3

12

3

Greenville

8

3

8

3

Maple Hill

6

6

6

6

Coxsackie-Athens

5

7

5

7

Hudson

5

7

5

8

Catskill

2

2

2

2

Cairo-Durham

2

8

2

8

Rensselaer

2

14

2

15






CHVL





Waterford

8

1

11

2

Ldnville Christian

7

3

7

3

New Lebanon

5

4

5

7

Berlin

4

7

5

9

Germantown

3

2

4

4

Albany Academy

3

6

3

6

Emma Willard

2

4

2

4

Heatly

1

4

1

4

Doane Stuart

0

2

0

2

--- Will Montgomery

In baseball, Shenendehowa routed Shaker 15-1 in a battle for first place in the Suburban Council Blue Division. The win for the Plainsmen avenges a 2-0 loss to the Bison earlier in the year. Dave Balsalmo had a big day at the plate going 3-for-4 and John Shippee pitched six innings of one run baseball.

Staying in the Suburban Council Mohonasen squeaked by Bethlehem for an 11-10 victory. Ben Gatchell drove home the eventual game winner with a double in the sixth.

Columbia has suddenly gone cold dropping a game to Niskayuna 6-1.

CBA and Albany both won their respective games. The Brothers 6-2 over Maginn and Albany 18-1 over Bishop Gibbons. Both teams have two league losses in the Big 10 and sit in second behind first place La Salle.

Mechanicville pulled out an upset beating Lansingburgh 9-2. The Raiders Brian Mariano led the way with three RBIs at the plate and a one-run three-hit performance on the mound.

Elsewhere in the Colonial, Cohoes beat Cobleskill 8-5 with Sean Littlejohn hitting a home run in the Tigers victory.

Schalmont topped first place Ravena 10-7 with the duo of JP Sportman (3) and Kyle McKelvey (2) combing to drive in five runs.

Chris Ryan struck out 10 in five and one third innings as the Bengals beat Hoosick Falls 10-4 in Wasaren action.

--Ryan Kircher

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