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Stellar softball team defeated for league title

LAKE GEORGE - All season long, the Lake George Softball team showed ferocious intensity in fighting for victories, and their unbeaten 2010 record showed that fierce dedication to their goal.

Friday, they were a little less focused, and the Adirondack League's number-two team, Hartford Central, earned the Adirondack League championship with the same type of intensity Lake George had maintained during their prior 16-0 record.

The Tanagers won 2-0 by putting forth a virtually impeccable game.

This wasn't the first time Hartford pulled off an upset - they did it in last year's championship, too.

Senior Hartford Pitcher Jackie Petteys was the cornerstone of the Tanagers effort, even though her nemesis, Warrior Katelyn Callahan, may have encibited greater speed and power.

Petteys moved the ball all around the strike zone, keeping the Warriors off balance. Both her riser and deceptive drop ball were effective in confounding batters, as she retired 16 in a row.

Callahan, who's headed for Division 1 softball at UConn this fall, said the Warriors didn't seem to have their signature intensity on Friday.

"We just didn't play our game, and we made more errors than we have all season - and they capitalized on it," she said.

Coach Kelly Collins, who's taken her team to the top spot many times, said Petteys had been effective in this second matchup - she capped the Lake George offense at one hit. Lake George had won the previous showdown against Hartford, just several weeks ago by a score of 3-1.

"Today we just couldn't hit off her," she said. "Apparently our heads weren't in the game."

The Warrior team now heads into Sectional play.

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