Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Haupt's sacrifice fly a game-winner for Cannoneers

Watervliet first baseman Wayne Haupt (5) squeezes the ball as Ravena's Rob Nolan is beaten to the bag in Tuesday's Colonial Council game at Watervliet High School. Haupt's sacrifice fly down the first base line in the bottom of the seventh inning capped a Cannoneers comeback and sealed a 6-5 Watervliet victory. (All photos by J.S. Carras - The Record).

Haupt was 0-for-3 prior to his seventh inning sac fly, including a strikeout and two deep fly outs to center field. He said after the game he stranded most of the 15 runners the Cannoneers left on base in Monday's 3-2 sqeuaker over Cobleskill and really needed to come through in the clutch.

"That wasn’t what I had in mind for a game-winning hit," Haupt laughed, "but I’ll take it. A win is a win."
Watervliet's Caleb Gleason deals toward home plate in Tuesday's game. He struck out seven Ravena hitters but walked five batters in the fifith inning, drawing the hook from head coach Peter Strand. Southpaw Tom Ebenhoch came in, struck out Evan Bullis to end the threat and pitched two more scoreless innings of relief work to pick up the win.

Watervliet second baseman Ray Brown (27) applies the tag to Ravena's Rob Nolan, who tried to stretch a single into a double - unsuccessfully - to start the second inning. The Indians were thrown out on the bases three times, costing themselves valuable baserunners in the process.

The Cannoneers are tied with the Lansingburgh Knights at 3-0 atop the Colonial Council standings. Reigning Colonial Council champions Ravena fell to 0-2 in the league and are 0-4 overall with the loss.
Watervliet hosts Lansingburgh in a crucial league match on Friday, April 24 at 4 p.m.

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In softball news of note today, Waterford-Halfmoon's Katie Cahrenger struck out 11 Emma Willard hitters in a 4-1 victory, increasing her career strikeout total to 506. The senior pitcher has the Lady Foridians off to a great start this season atop the CHVL.
Her teammate, senior shortstop Jamie Van Bramer, has 95 career RBI and is also nearing a milestone.

Lansingburgh's Erin Glikes carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning in an 11-0 triumph for the Lady Knights over Schalmont.

Averill Park's Lauren Haggerty and Alex Fortin combined to blank Guilderland, 1-0, in a Suburban Council game.

Remember, our annual softball preview section will appear in Thursday morning's paper.

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