Ticonderoga primed for another title run

Kylie Austin returns as part of a strong Ticonderoga pitching staff.

Kylie Austin returns as part of a strong Ticonderoga pitching staff. Photo by Nancy Frasier.

Sentinel schedule

April 16.....Lake Placid

April 18.....at NAC

April 20.....Seton

April 23.....at Beekmantown

April 25.....Saranac Lake

April 27.....Moriah

April 29.....NCCS

May 1........at AVCS

May 3........at Peru

May 6........at Lake Placid

May 8........Saranac

May 10......NAC

May 11......Lake George

May 13......at Plattsburgh

May 18......at Moriah

May 20......AVCS

— Ticonderoga softball just keeps rolling along.

The Sentinels will look to defend their Champlain Valley Athletic Conference and Section VII Class C championships this spring with a strong group of returning players.

Leading the way will be a veteran battery. Kylie Austin and Jordan McKee, two of the area’s top pitchers, return for the Sentinels along with their catcher Katie Palandrani.

The infield figures to be solid with Meg Campney, Lexi Moore, Jaelyn Granger and Taylor Dorsett returning to join rookie Maura Jebb. Campney led the club last season with 21 runs batted in.

Andrea Rich, who led the Sentinels with a .513 batting average last year, returns to the outfield. She’s joined by newcomers Logan Mars, Sadie Hamel and Jenette Coon.

“This year we return two experienced pitchers along with a catcher,” said Shelly Young, who co-coaches the team with Shannon Huntington. “We will need to fill three starting positions and we are looking for players to step up. We look to defend our title, but it will require hard work and desire to win.”

Ticonderoga’s co-coach arrangement is unusual, but successful. Young and Huntington led Ticonderoga to a 17-6 overall mark in 2012 and are 136-36 overall in their 10 years sharing the bench duties. They have a 118-13 CVAC record.

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