All local teams dove head first into some heated league play this week. The Mountaineers topped the Jaguars and Johnsburg went on to beat the Orange later in the week. For the girls, the Orange tallied an impressive win over Keene on April 29. Minerva-Newcomb fell to both Johnsburg and Bolton, but rallied to beat Wells later in the week. Johnsburg fell to the Lady Orange on May 3.
JOHNSBURG - Brandon Poulton struck out 12 in seven innings, and teammates Tatsuki Myazato and Morgan Wilson each had two hits as the Mountaineers topped Johnsburg on April 29.
The Jaguars' Sean O'Neill and Taylor Ordway had the lone extra base hits of the game with one double apiece. O'Neill had two hits and pitchers Ben Richards and Kevin Conner combined for 13 strikeouts.
MINERVA - Tatsuki Miyazoto had his second consecutive 16-strikeout performance for the Mountaineers as they soared past the Eagles of Bolton on April 30.
Morgan Winslow led Minerva-Newcomb's hitting attack with two singles.
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INDIAN LAKE - Johnsburg's Sean O'Neill hit a double and Ben Richards pitched four innings for the win as the Jaguars defeated Indian Lake-Long Lake on May 1.
Hank Evatt homered for the Orange and Kevin Boya doubled and Connor Burgess tallied a double and a triple.
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KEENE VALLEY - Freshman Emma Gray pitched a three-hitter in her first varsity start from the circle as Indian Lake-Long Lake crushed Keene on April 29.
Gray struck out 10 batters, only gave up three hits and had two singles and an RBI at the plate for the Orange.
Murphy Farrell went 4 for 5 with four RBIs, Kaylie Miller tripled and Carli Reynolds added a double, single and two RBIs for the winners.
"We played error free ball until the bottom of the 7th," said coach Dave Olbert. "I was really please with how the girls played.
NORTH CREEK - Cassandra Prouty, Nicole Wardwell, Brittney Allard and Rachael Dunkley each delivered two hits as Johnsburg beat Minerva-Newcomb on April 29.
Sierra Galusha and Wardwell scored three runs each for the Jaguars. Cortina Greene struck out 12 for Johnsburg.
Charlotte Egli and Laura Tokarz each had two hits for the Mountaineers.
OLMSTEDVILLE - Minerva-Newcomb had the tying run on third base in the bottom of the seventh, but the Mountaineers were denied twice by Bolton's Sonja Hess in the match-up on April 30.
Hess made two outstanding running catches in center field and kept the runner at third both times to push the Eagles' victory.
Rosie Denne finished with a triple and two RBIs for Bolton, which also got a double and single from Taylor Barrack.
Marlena Peters had three singles and Tara Galusha drove in two runs for Minerva-Newcomb.
WESTPORT - Kelly Blackhurst had three hits, including two doubles, and scored three runs as Johnsburg beat Westport on April 30.
Rachael Dunkley also had three hits for Johnsburg and doubled.
Cassandra Prouty, Brittney Allard and Margaret Welz each had two hits.
Cortina Greene relieved Allard with one out and runners on second and third in the fifth inning and got out of the jam with no runs. She didn't allow any earned runs in 2 2/3 innings.
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INDIAN LAKE - Emma Gray and Sierra Olbert hit RBI singles in the bottom of the sixth inning to lift Indian Lake-Long Lake to a victory over Johnsburg on May 3.
Gray and Carli Reynolds each finished with a triple, single and an RBI for the Orange, who also got a two-run single from Jessica Bain in the fifth to tie the score at 6-6.
WELLS - Marlena Peters had two singles to lead Minerva-Newcomb past Wells on May 3.
Charlotte Egli, Laura Tokarz, Amanda Bellotti and Annie Kostiainen each had a single for the Mountaineers.
Lizzie Perkins led Wells with a double and a single, while Valerie Hayes finished with two singles. Jasmine Sherman had a double for the Indians.