Warriors win showdown with league rival

Callahan and Lake George's tough defense then closed the game by coaxing a batter into a ground-out, then finishing it off with a strikeout.

The game's conclusion was greeted by raucous cheers from the large home crowd.

Several Warriors jumped into each others arms. Others high-fived coach Kelly Collins, and three others spun cartwheels in left field - leaving no question to their joy over the game's outcome.

"We were pumped all day for this game," Pliscovsky said with a broad smile minutes after the matchup.

Coach Collins lauded all her team members, noting that Erin Blunt caught a hard-hit ground ball and gunned down a Hartford batter at first. Fans praised Pliscovsky's dramatic diving catch in the first inning that set the tone for the day's defense.

"The girls knew that batters would be hitting Katelyn's pitching at some point," Collins said, adding that strong Warrior defense allowed the batters to be patient, get on base, and score the runs needed for the victory.

"Once we got the bat on the ball, making contact, things started popping - We knew we'd force some runs."

She said the Warriors were resolute to be selective with Petteys' pitches.

"Today the girls were determined to be smart in the batter's box and lay off the high ones," Collins added.

Senior Sara Anderson talked about how the defense was committed to contain any Hartford offense. With Callahan's pitching, of course, the Warrior defense this year hadn't much chance to prove themselves - but they did Wednesday, with no errors.

"We held our own when they got runners on base," Anderson said.

Callahan said she was concerned midway through the game about it's progress, but her teammates pulled through.

"It was good not to worry about them hitting us," she said. "They hit the ball - we fielded it - it was perfect!"

Athletic Director Cathy Stanilka said the game was played well, considering the Warrior players were patient at bat and played error-free defense.

"I'm extra-proud of Kelly and her team," she said of Collins, who was a first base player for Lake George High in 1990 when the softball team went to regionals. "It was a great game plan today, and the girls executed it extra well."

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