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Panthers gain Final Four spot

The most-successful softball season in Crown Point history ended as the Panthers lost to Chapel Field, 10-0, in the semifinals of the state Class D tournament June 9.

Crown Point finished the campaign with a 15-1 record and reached the state Final Four for the first time.

Chapel Field, which had won four state championships since 1999, lost the title game to Afton, 2-0. Alyssa Brognano paced Chapel Field, hurling a three hitter and fanning 11 batters.

Chapel Field jumped to a 5-0 lead in the first inning and iced the game with a four-run rally in the fourth.

Mary Zapolski, Ashley, Zapolski and Trisha Lacey had Crown Points hits.

Crown Point 4, Heuvelton 3

Crown Point advanced to the Final Four of the state Class D softball tournament with a 4-3 win against Heuvelton June 6.

The Panthers pushed across the winning run in the bottom of the seventh. Ala Terentyeva reached on an error to start the game-winning rally. Pinch runner Britney Peters went to third on a double by Marijane Ross and scored on a passed ball.

Crown Point had taken a 3-0 lead in the third inning. Trish Lacey drove in Marijane Ross on a squeeze play, Mary Zapolski added a run-scoring single and Ashley Zapolski reached on an error that allowed a run to score.

Heuvelton battled back with single runs in the fourth, sixth and seventh innings. Jordan McGinness was th winning pitcher, coming in the seventh inning in relief of Jonalee Ross.

Crown Point 19, Bolton 0

Crown Point won the Mountain and Valley Athletic Conference softball championship June 11, beating Bolton, 19-0, in the title game.

Jonalee Ross and Jordan McGinness combined on a one-hitter and Trisha Lacey hit for the cycle as the Panthers scored in every inning, but one.

Lacey had a three-run homer and five runs batted in.

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