PLATTSBURGH-A pitchers' duel turned into an offensive explosion in the Class C championship game between the Lady Sentinels and Lady Blue Bombers June 1, with the biggest blast being saved for last.
After Lake Placid scored three runs to break open a 2-2 tie in the top of the seventh, Sentinel senior Taylor Ward watched as Melissa Pockett, Autumn Olcott and Andrea Rich all reached on walks. Then, Ward belted a game-ending, walk-off grand slam to give Ticonderoga a one-run edge and the sectional title.
Ward finished the day reaching base twice, once on a walk, scoring twice and driving in the four biggest runs of her high school career.
The Blue Bombers opened the scoring in the top of the first, when Liz Leff walked, followed by base hits from Jenna McGreevy, Mackenzie Kemmerer and Alexis Nichols, who drove in Leff.
In the bottom of the second, Megan Campney led with a walk for the Sentinels, and was driven home on a groundout by pitcher Jordan McKee, who struck out 11 batters in the game.
An inning later, the Sentinels took a 2-1 lead as Ward came home after Jessica Blodgett, Megan Campney and Kate Palandrani were all walked, with Palandrani earning the RBI.
Both teams were unable to muster any further offense until the seventh inning, when Lake Placid opened with back-to-back hits by Kemmerer and Nichols. Following two outs, Brenna Whitney connected for a base hit, Megan Riley was walked to force home a run and Danielle Balestrini connected on a two-run single to give the Blue Bombers a 5-2 lead heading into the bottom of the inning and towards Ward's heroics.
For the Sentinels, Ward, Calsie Granger, Pockett and Olcott had the only four hits in the game, while Ti batters were walked 10 times.
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