Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Cohoes softball tops 'Burgh, 6-2

Cohoes shortstop Shana Cooper catches a pop-up as teammate Katrina Miller (11) looks on during Wednesday's Colonial Council game against Lansingburgh. Cohoes won, 6-2. (Photos by J.S. Carras - The Record).

Wednesday morning's rain made the fields at Knickerbacker Park unplayable, so Lansingburgh took the show on the road to play at Cohoes High.

Cohoes' Courtney Dayter, making her third start in as many days, was effective for the Tigers, striking out eight and allowing two runs over seven innings.

Lansingburgh's Sam Woitkoski also had hitters off-balance, but she walked five and allowed six runs - none of them, however, were earned - in a 6-2 Cohoes victory.

"There are three things we really work on 24-7," Cohoes head coach Frank Ryan said. "Good pitching - which we get from Courtney - timely hitting and good defense. We work hard on our defense and that paid off today."

Cohoes sophomore catcher Courtney Gumprecht is all smiles, as she drove in two runs for the Tigers in Wednesday's win over Lansingburgh.

Gumprecht's two-run double in the second inning gave the Tigers a 3-0 lead.

"I was in a slump before," Gumprecht said. "Like against Voorheesville, I went 0-for-4. "I just took a deep breath and got my hitting back."

Lansingburgh third baseman Kayla Cole attempts to make a catch in front of the Lady Knights' bench during Wednesday's game.

Meg Volz had three hits for the Lady Knights, who know they'll have to clean up their defense before the Section II Class A playoffs start two weeks from now. Lansingburgh is the defending Section II champion.

"You never know what’s going to happen in a game, but you’re supposed to be able to know that you can play good defense and give it a consistent game day in and day out," Lansingburgh head coach John Cipperly said. "So that’s the part we have to fix between now and sectionals. We’ve had some days that have been very good defensively and we told them that we know they can do better and they know they can do better than they did."

Cohoes pitcher Courtney Dayter delivers during Wednesday's game against Lansingburgh. Once again, Cohoes head coach Frank Ryan lauded his sophomore hurler for her toughness.

The big-picture result of this game is that the Colonial Council's crossover "championship game" has been set. Patriot Division champion Mechanicville will face Liberty Division champion Cohoes on Friday, May 21. Game time and location are still to be determined.

Lansingburgh is on pace to play Schalmont on Saturday as part of the league's crossover finale weekend.

Colonial Council
Patriot Division
Mechanicville, 10-0, 12-2
Schalmont, 5-6, 7-7
Cobleskill, 2-7, 2-7
Albany Academy for Girls, 1-7, 1-7
Watervliet, 1-7, 2-7

Liberty Division
Cohoes, 10-1, 10-2
Lansingburgh, 6-4, 8-6
Ravena, 5-5, 8-7
Holy Names, 4-4, 4-4
Voorheesville, 4-7, 4-10

Click on the box score for a full-size image.

A big thanks goes to our Chris Fitz Gerald, who covered this game for us. For his full story, check out Thursday's edition of The Record.

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