Thursday, June 12, 2008

Hillbillies in Bingo

For the second straight year, the Cohoes Tigers are going to Binghamton in mid-June for the New York State Class B Final Four.
But this time the Tigers will have to dispatch with the Hillbilles. Well, make that the Lady Hillbillies.
Fredonia High (23-3) from Section VI is next on the docket for Cohoes in the state semis.
You can check out Fredonia's game-by-game results here.

And a recap of their 2-1 comeback victory over Waterloo in the regional final is here.
Here is the Jamestown paper's take.

According to the Buffalo News, Fredonia "won the Class B game behind a one-hitter by Marah Dahn in a 3-0 defeat of City Honors, which was making its first appearance in a championship game."
You can check out the whole story from the DunkirkObserver here.

Dahn sounds like a tough lefty, but Cohoes might only need one run off the sophomore southpaw. They've won two straight 1-0 games against two of the top teams in the state.
Fredonia was ranked No. 9 in the latest state poll, just below Canton, which was ranked No. 8.

But just like Cohoes, it is also Fredonia's second trip to Bingo in two years. The Lady Hillbillies are a battled hardened team, as this article in the Jamestown Post-Journal explains.

Cohoes catcher Jess Dearstyne tags out Canton's Kacie Wentworth as she tries to steal home in Wednesday's regional final at the Adirondack Sports Complex in Queensbury. (Photo - Carras)

Of Wentworth's failed attempt to steal home, Dearstyne said she "Saw it happen before it really happened."
Cohoes scouted Canton's opening round game against Beekmantown - and they tried to steal home in that game as well. The Tigers were ready for the trickery.

The Cohoes defense was again fantastic in the Canton game. Third baseman Meg Welcome was the heroine this time, with a number of big picks at the hot corner.
"I could not do it by myself," Cohoes pitcher Courtney Galuski said. "My teammates stepped it up (Wednesday)."
"It's the little game, the little defense," Welcome said. "Going back to states is all I'm happy for."

Saturday should be a fun day for softball fans and Section II will be well represented. South High reps Class A, Mechanicville plays for another state championship in the Cs and Argyle is still going strong in the Ds.
Section II has a reputation as the strongest softball section in the state and the Capital Region girls have their chance to make a big impression on Saturday at BAGSAI.

If Cohoes can keep up the defense and pitching under pressure, they have a great shot. Everyone on the team was in Bingo last year, so the trip and the spectacle won't be any great surprise. Courtney Galuski will have to pitch 14 more stellar innings on a sore arm to clinch a state title, but you can bet that the Cohoes seniors want nothing more than a state title.

We will see how the Hillbillies stack up on Saturday.

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