Ticonderoga, Crown Point win in softball

Ticonderoga claimed its fourth consecutive Section VII Class C softball title with a 6-1 win against Northern Adirondack June 2.

The victory moves Ticonderoga into the state tournament.

Haley Best paced the Sentinels, throwing a two-hitter.

Best looked like an unlikely star in the opening inning as NAC grabbed a 1-0 lead on a pair of base knocks. She settled down, though, and didn't allow another hit in the game as she shut out the Cougars over the final six innings.

Ashley St. Andrews led the Ti offense. She had a double, two triples and three runs batted in.

Ticonderoga tied the game in the first inning on a run-scoring double by St. Andrews. A St. Andrews triple gave Ti a 2-1 lead in the second.

The Sentinels rallied for three scores in the fourth inning on an error and hits by Taylor Ward, Taylor Denno and St. Andrews.

Chelsea Budwick gave Ti its final run in the sixth inning by stealing home.

Crown Point wins title

Crown Point raced to a big lead and went on to beat Lake Placid, 6-3, in the Section VII Class D softball tournament championship game.

It's the fifth straight section title for the Panthers and their seventh in the last eight years.

The Panthers earned a berth in the state tournament with the win.

Lindsay Brace, working 5 1/3 innings in relief, was the winning pitcher. She fanned 11 batters.

Lauren Brace, Jessica Potter and Alex Macey each had two hits for the champions.

Crown Point struck for three runs in the first inning on a run-scoring single by Macey and a two-run double by Lauren Brace.

After Placid managed a run in the second inning, the Panthers made it 6-1 in the bottom half of the frame. Chelsea Dushane knocked in two runs with a hit and eventually scored on a wild pitch.

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