Tuesday, May 26, 2009

2009 Section II softball playoff brackets

Here are the links to the brackets for the 2009 Section II softball sectional playoffs.
Games begin in earnest on Wednesday, with a flurry of Class AA and Class B matchups.

Click the text in red below to be redirected to the brackets.

NOTE: 8 p.m.: (Committee chairperson Cathy Allen just informed us that there have been changes to the sites for the Class CC and C games. The digital brackets have been edited to reflect the changes. Here are the changes:
Class CC
Lake George/Berne-Knox @ ADK, 3 p.m.
Stillwater/Schoharie @ Veeder, 3 p.m.
Hoosick Falls/Galway @ Veeder, 3:30 p.m.

Class C
Warrensburg/Berlin @ Veeder Park, 3:30 p.m.
Canajoharie/Loudonville Christian @ Veeder Park, 3:30 p.m.)

Class AA
Columbia and Troy earned top seeds (Shenendehowa also earned a bye). It looks like we're on track for a Columbia vs. Bethlehem and a Shenendehowa vs. Troy semifinal pairings.
Bethlehem squeaked Columbia a few weeks ago in East Greenbush, so it would not be a shock to see the Eagles in the championship game.
Columbia and Troy, however, would be a great championship game, pitting not only two Rensselaer County schools against each other, but first-year Troy head coach Casey Halloran against her former team.
I can see Bethlehem and Troy in the championship game with the Flying Horses earning a Section II championship in Shannon and Emily Jones' senior season.

Class A
South Glens Falls and Lansingburgh earned the top two spots, to no one's surprise, but watch out for Burnt Hills and Ichabod Crane.
I think the Lansingburgh team excels in pressure situations but they'll still need at least two pitching gems from Erin Glikes to escape Ichabod and Burnt Hills/South High.

Class B
It's Mechanicville's bracket to lose, although their first game might be the toughest of all.
Cohoes defeated Greenville 2-1 in last year's semifinals, and they'll meet again in the 8-9 game on Wednesday. The winner faces No. 1 seed Mechanicville, the defending Class C state champion.
Taconic Hills secured the No. 2 seed, but look for Schuylerville to advance to the title game against Mechanicville for a little Hudson River rivalry game.

Class CC
If Hoosick Falls' Rachel Quackenbush is dealing like she has all season, the Panthers are in good shape in this year's tournament.
Hoosick Falls and Hoosic Valley are likely to meet in the semifinals in a Wasaren League showdown and don't count out the experienced Indians either, who know all about playing in big playoff games.

Class C
Duanesburg and Waterford are all but set for their long-awaited showdown in the Class C final, although Canajoharie and Loudonville Christian could prove tough to beat in the semifinal.
Class CC and C teams will hold their championship games on Wednesday, June 3 and will play the CC/C playoff alongside the other four Section II title games on Friday, June 5 at Clifton Common.

Class D
Germantown split yet another CHVL regular season title with the Lady Fordians and earned a bye into the semifinals in the process. Hartford, Argyle and Fort Ann, however, will all be tough outs.

The games will be played at one of three locations. Click the links below to get directions via Google Maps.
1) Clifton Common, Clifton Park. Clifton Common Blvd.
2) Veeder Park, Colonie. Kabalian Dr. and Consaul Rd.
3) Adirondack Sports Complex, Queensbury. 326 Sherman Ave.

Check back tomorrow afternoon for the baseball brackets and later in the day for more coverage on the first day of the softball tournament.



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