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Ti hopes to extend streak

TICONDEROGA - The Ticonderoga softball team just keeps on rolling.

The Sentinels return seven starters from last year's Champlain Valley Athletic Conference Division II and Section VII Class C championship team.

Ti has won the last seven CVAC titles.

"We are looking forward to a strong season and, barring any injuries, hope to again repeat as sectional champions," said Shannon Huntington, who coaches the club along with Shelly Young.

Last season Ticonderoga posted a 16-0 CVAC mark and went 19-5 overall.

This spring Ti returns seven senior starters, including a pair of dominating pitchers in Katie Karkoski and Haley Best. When one is on the mound, the other plays shortstop.

Also returning are center fielder Jocelyn Barber, outfielder/DH Ashley St. Andrews, second baseman Qirsten Ross, catcher/third baseman Chelsea Budwick and Taylor Denno, who is moving from shortstop to first base.

Rookies on the roster include outfielder Kalene Ross, third baseman Kalsie Granger, first baseman Taylor Ward and catcher/outfielder Katie Palandrani.

"The team has two experienced and dominating pitchers in the likes of Katie Karkoski and Haley Best," Huntington said. "When one is pitching the other will be playing shortstop. First baseman Taylor Denno will be making the switch from short to first. Catcher Chelsea Budwick will share catching duties with ninth grader Katie Palandrani and when she's not catching Chelsea will anchor third base.

"Qirsten Ross returns from a strong showing at second base as does the quickness and arm of center fielder Jocelyn Barber," the coach added. "Number 4 power hitter Ashley St. Andrews will return to the line up and see action in the outfield. Newcomers Kalene Ross, Taylor Ward and Kalsie Granger will be asked to fill immediate roles."

Sentinel schedule

April 20.............................AVCS

April 22.............................at Moriah

April 24.............................at Lake Placid

April 27.............................Beekmantown

April 29.............................at NCCS

May 1................................NAC

May 3................................at Peru

May 5................................at Seton

May 7................................Plattsburgh

May 10...............................at AVCS

May 12...............................at Saranac

May 14...............................Moriah

May 17...............................Saranac Lake

May 19...............................Lake Placid

May 21...............................at NAC

May 24...............................Seton

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