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Warrensburg ball teams keep cruising forward in 2008 play

WARRENSBURG The local high schools softball team continued to maintain a winning record this week as the squad tallied a key wins against league rivals but came up short against a far larger school. The Warrensburg Central Varsity Softball team put up a respectable showing against Beekmantown Saturday, despite a losing score of 9-0. Warrensburg performed well considering Beekmantowns strong pitching and heavy hitting, WCS Softball Coach Mary ann Bump said. We held our own, she said. Beekmantown has about three times the enrollment as Warrensburg. As of Thursday, Warrensburgs squad had a 4-1 season record in the Adirondack League, 5-2 overall. The team had a big win last Friday, beating league opponent Hadley-Luzerne 16-3, following a 13-3 win over North Warren earlier in the week. In these two games, the Burghers slammed back-to-back hits that took advantage of runners on bases, and tough, consistent defense Bump expects from her team, she said. Burghers Mercedes Maltbie, Valerie Brainard and Emma Prendeville all hot bats in the games. Four big games are in store for next week, with Corinth at home Monday, Fort Ann at home Tuesday, followed by two away games, one against Wednesday at Lake George, another Friday at Fort Edward. Bump said consistent defense is critical for the Burghers continued success, considering the outstanding speed of pitching dished out by the league leaders, particularly Hartford and Lake George. I'm looking for good, solid performance on both offense and defense to take some of the weight off the pitchers, she said. Hartford played Lake George Tuesday night in a critical contest, and the Tanagers edged past Lake George 2 to 1 in a classic pitching duel. Hartford struck out 17 batters, while Lake George countered with 12.

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