Youthful Lions fall in D softball final, Bombers blue after walk-off slam

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.

Nichols, who took the loss on the mound for the Blue Bombers, finished with four hits in the game, while Balestrini, McGreevy, Kemmerer and Whitney each connected for a pair of singles.

Class D semifinals

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The Lady Lions scored in each of the first five innings as they advanced to the Class D championship game with a win over the Lady Mountaineers May 31.

Andrea Le Vien led the team both on the field and at the plate, earning the win in five innings of work on the mound and driving in four runs for the Lions, including a three-run double.

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