WARRENSBURG-Monday afternoon, the Warrensburg High School Softball team tackled a storied squad that's for years been atop the Adirondack League, and the young Burghers put up a good fight despite a 14-10 loss in this Adirondack League opener.
Monday's game between Warrensburg and Hartford was a showdown between two Freshman pitchers on teams that sported radically new lineups due to graduation of their respective starters in 2010.
Hartford's Christina Petteys, the younger sister of the champion Hartford pitcher Jackie Petteys who led her team to several Adirondack League championships, showed she had the right DNA to get the job done Monday.
She tallied 10 strikeouts in the game, an effort that would undoubtedly make her sister proud, Tanager fans said.
Her power didn't faze the Burgher batters, however, as they managed to connect with a number of her throws.
Midway in the game, Hartford Coach Brian Petteys, Christina's father, took her out and put Charissa Lewis, another Freshman, to give her some competitive experience.
Her wild pitches, however, in the bottom of the 7th inning, allowed five runs for the Burghers, as they judged the throws carefully and earned walk after walk in the last inning.
Coach Petteys voiced high compliments for the youthful Burgher squad.
"Warrensburg did very well putting the bat on the ball, and they didn't commit too many errors," he said. "They stayed right in there against a hard pitcher of ours."
Particularly in the very beginning.
On the first pitch of the game, Burgher Marissa Hayes stuck her bat out and connected with a Petteys pitch for a triple, which she unsuccessfully attempted to stretch to a home run.
Hayes' feat boosted the girls confidence, and they continued a good fight against the championship team.
Christina Petteys won the game, however, with her speed and her savvy change-up - which caught the Burghers off guard.