CLINTONVILLE - The Patriots defended their home field well in a 10-4 win over Beekmantown in the CVAC softball quarterfinals May 28.
Both pitchers struggled in a game muddled by intermittent rain showers.
Patriots hurler Whitney Vincent struck out six and walked six, but was helped by some excellent fielding by her teammates as AuSable Valley left eight Eagles batters stranded.
"We had some exceptional play from our shortstop, Brooke Pray," said assistant coach Tom Taylor. Pray snagged a high line drive and tagged the runner on second for an unassisted double play in the sixth.
Beekmantown took a 2-1 lead in the second inning and tacked on another run in the third before Vincent ended the inning with a bases-loaded strikeout.
AuSable Valley answered with four runs in the bottom of the third and scored in every subsequent inning.
Jena Finnegan got it done on the offensive end for the Patriots, driving in four runs with a double and two singles.
Beekmantown pitcher Hilarie LaDieu recorded nine walks and no strikeouts in the loss. Marlee Brown had two of the Eagles' four hits.