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Sentinels claim section crown

Ticonderoga snapped a jinx and won the Section VII Class C softball championship May 29. The Sentinels downed Northern Adirondack, 7-0, in the title game. Ti had been the tournaments top seed each of the last three years, losing each time to NAC in the championship game. Ticonderoga advances to the state tournament. It will face the Section X Class C champion Monday at 4:30 p.m. at SUNY-Plattsburgh. Laura Olcott led the way against NAC in the section finale. The Ti ace tossed a one-hitter, coming within two outs of a no-hitter. She fanned 15. The Sentinels managed just six hits of their own, but took advantage of shoddy NAC defense to score the win scoring six runs on passed balls and wild pitches. Arielle Vilardo, who scored twice, Cheryl Meserve, Anna Besson, Juileanne Mandy, Jessie Kelly and Olcott had Tis base knocks. Moriah 7, Bolton 6 Moriah edged Bolton, 7-6, to reach the championship game of the Section VII Class D softball tournament May 29. The Vikings played Crown Point in the finale Thursday. A year ago the Panthers beat Moriah in the semifinals. Trailing 6-0, Moriah rallied to make it 6-5 and gained the win in its final at bat. With one out in the seventh Amanda Breeyear doubled. Ryan Wykes walked and winning pitcher Kaylee Sprague singled to tie the game. Courtney Waldrons infield hit loaded the bases. After a strike out, Jen Tesars infield dribbler scored the winning run. Wykes, Breeyear and Waldron each had two hits for the Vikings. Crown Point 13, Willsboro 3 Crown Point coasted into the championship game of the Section VII Class D softball tournament May 29 with a 13-3 win against Willsboro. Crown Point played Moriah in the finale Thursday. A year ago the Panthers beat Moriah in the semifinals. Mary Zapolski and Ashley Zapolski combined for five hits and six runs batted in against Willsboro. Mary had a two-run homer and Ashley added a three-run blast. Jordan McGinness also homered for the Panthers, a solo shot. Jonalee Ross was the winning hurler, scattering five hits. Moriah 16, Johnsburg 0 Kaylee Sprague fired a no-hitter to lead Moriah past Johnsburg, 16-0, in the quarterfinals of the Section VII Class D girls softball tournament May 26. Sprague fanned 15 and did not walk a batter. Ryan Wykes blasted a grand slam home run and Courtney Waldron added a two-run blast for the Vikings. Jen Tesar and Amanda Breeyear each had three hits for Moriah. Crown Point 36, Chazy 4 Jonalee Ross and Jordan McGinness combined on a no-hitter as Crown Point beat Chazy, 36-4, in the quarterfinals of the Section VII Class D girls softball tournament May 26. Ross hurled the first four innings, fanning nine. McGinness pitched the final three innings. Marijane Ross had five hits to pace the Panther offense. Mary Zapolski and Ashley Zapolski each had four hits for the winners. Ashley Zapolski ripped a three-run homer and McGinness added a solo shot. Chazy 16, Schroon Lake 11 Schroon Lake was eliminated from the Section VII Class D softball tournament May 24, losing in the opening round to Chazy, 16-11. Trailing 7-0, Schroon rallied to tie the contest before Chazy pulled away. Kiersten Langabeer had three hits for the Wildcats. Mindy Whitty and Ashtin Gero each had two hits. Savannah Clark ripped a home run for Schroon Lake. Ticonderoga 35, Lake Placid 0 Ticonderoga reached the Section VII Class C softball championship game by crushing Lake Placid, 35-0, May 24. Laura Olcott hurled a two-hitter, striking out 17 for the Sentinels. Cheryl Meserve had four hits to pace the Ti attack. Ticonderoga scored nine runs in the first inning and added 15 more in the third frame.

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