Katie Palandrani of Ti applies the tag to Lake Placid's Brooke Reid in the Section VII/Class C championship game.
It was almost a reversal of fortune for the Ticonderoga Lady Sentinels.
With two outs in the seventh inning, Serina Hayes cranked a home run over the fence at Cardinal Field for the Lake Placid Blue Bombers.
However, unlike the walk-off grand slam Ti’s Andrea Rich hit one year ago, Hayes’ shot only plated three, giving the Sentinels a second straight 6-5 win over the Blue Bombers in the Class C championship game May 30.
“It was like last year reversed,” Ti co-coach Shelley Young. “Lake Placid came ready to play and they were able to make some big plays. We are very proud of this team that has improved throughout the season.”
The Sentinels fell behind 1-0 in the first before scoring one in the second and two in the third. In the fifth, the Sentinels were able to take advantage of three errors to score three times for a 6-2 lead.
Twice, the Sentinels were able to create double plays on defense, with both ending at home plate.
“Those plays were big because they put a damper on the rally,” Young said. “This is a good team, and they proved that they could come back.”
Autumn Olcott, Rich, Megan Campney, Katie Palandrani and Emily Namer each had singles for the Sentinels, while Jaelyn Granger had a double and Melissa Pocket scored twice.
Jordan McKee pitched a complete game, striking out two and scattering eight hits.
For the Blue Bombers, Hayes went 4-for-4 at the plate with a double and two singles to accompany her homer, scoring twice and driving in three. Dani Balestrini picked up a pair of hits, while Brooke Reid and Ayla Thompson each had one. Reid worked the first three innings of the game, while Hayes struck out seven and did not allow an earned run in relief.
“They fought hard,” Blue Bombers head coach Donna Moody said. “We made a few mistakes, but we never gave up. That is all you can ask of them.”
Moody said that the team would miss their pair of seniors in Balestrini and Thompson.
“Dani has been solid for us and we could always have confidence in her, as well as Ayla,” Moody said. “They were both good leaders on a team with a lot of young kids.”
Moody also talked about the breakout performance by Hayes.
“She had her game of the season, and that was awesome,” Moody said. “Brooke and Serina are a combo that has worked well for us on the mound, and she was great today.”