PLATTSBURGH-A pitchers' duel turned into an offensive explosion in the Class C championship game between the Lady Sentinels and Lady Blue Bombers June 1, with the biggest blast being saved for last.
After Lake Placid scored three runs to break open a 2-2 tie in the top of the seventh, Sentinel senior Taylor Ward watched as Melissa Pockett, Autumn Olcott and Andrea Rich all reached on walks. Then, Ward belted a game-ending, walk-off grand slam to give Ticonderoga a one-run edge and the sectional title.
Ward finished the day reaching base twice, once on a walk, scoring twice and driving in the four biggest runs of her high school career.
The Blue Bombers opened the scoring in the top of the first, when Liz Leff walked, followed by base hits from Jenna McGreevy, Mackenzie Kemmerer and Alexis Nichols, who drove in Leff.
In the bottom of the second, Megan Campney led with a walk for the Sentinels, and was driven home on a groundout by pitcher Jordan McKee, who struck out 11 batters in the game.
An inning later, the Sentinels took a 2-1 lead as Ward came home after Jessica Blodgett, Megan Campney and Kate Palandrani were all walked, with Palandrani earning the RBI.
Both teams were unable to muster any further offense until the seventh inning, when Lake Placid opened with back-to-back hits by Kemmerer and Nichols. Following two outs, Brenna Whitney connected for a base hit, Megan Riley was walked to force home a run and Danielle Balestrini connected on a two-run single to give the Blue Bombers a 5-2 lead heading into the bottom of the inning and towards Ward's heroics.
For the Sentinels, Ward, Calsie Granger, Pockett and Olcott had the only four hits in the game, while Ti batters were walked 10 times.
Class D Finals
Crown Point 18, ELCS 2
After two close contests against their toughest competition this season, the Lady Panthers jumped out early and cruised to an 18-2 victory over the Lady Lions June 3, again defending their Section VII/Class D title.
The Panthers scored in each of the first four innings, then scored nine runs in the sixth inning to close the door on the Lions.
Lindsay Brace collected four hits in the game, scoring three runs and driving in five. Brace also closed out the game for the Panthers on the mound, striking out seven and allowing only one hit in the final three innings.
Chelsea DuShane started on the mound for the Panthers, striking out six in four innings of work while allowing two runs. She also had two hits and a pair of runs batted in, including a double.
Ashley Morgan had a pair of doubles and two runs batted in, while Hailey White had two hits and runs driven in and Amanda Wolf had two hits and drove one run home. Every started got on base at least twice for the Panthers, with Taylor Booth the only player not to record a hit (walked twice, scored once).
Class C Regionals
Norwood-Norfolk 10, Ti 3
Jordan McKee hit a two-run single to cap the scoring in the first inning for the Lady Sentinels against Norwood-Norfolk June 6.
However, it was also the final runs that the Sentinels would score as they were eliminated from state playoff competition.
Andrea Rich and Jessica Blodgett each singled in the opening frame, with Blodgett driving in the games first run. Megan Campney and Calsie Granger were then walked and, with two outs, McKee connected for a two-run single, scoring Blodgett and Campney.
The Sentinels had a scoring threat in the second inning, but Blodgett hit a line drive to shortstop that confused the baserunners as to whether or not it was caught, resulting in a double play to end the threat and the inning.
After that, Norwood-Norfolk scored all 10 of its runs.
Blodgett also hit a triple in the game, while Taylor Ward had a single.
Class D Regionals
Heuvelton 8, Crown Point 7
Heuvelton scored five times in the last two innings in coming back to beat the Lady Panthers June 6, eliminating them from the state tournament.
Chelsea DuShane led the Panthers with three hits, including a double and a run batted in, while Lindsay Brace had two hits and a run batted in, including a double and Brittany Foote had two hits.
Class D semifinals
Crown Point 18, Willsboro 1
In a rematch of the opening game of the MVAC season, the Lady Panthers again were able to score a convincing win over the Lady Warriors May 31, punching their ticket to the Class D championship game.
Kyli Swires had the lone hit and run scored for the Warriors, which came in the third inning.