CHATHAM -- Chatham overcame an early deficit with a five-run second inning and went on to hand Greenville its first Patroon Conference softball loss of the season, 8-3, on Wednesday.
The Panthers are now 12-1 in the Patroon, a half game ahead of the Spartans, who are 11-1. The two teams meet again on Thursday at 4:15 p.m. in Greenville with the conference championship at stake.
The Spartans grabbed a 1-0 lead in the top of the second when Melody Kappel doubled and came around to score on an infield error.
Chatham responded with five in the home half of the frame. Two walks and a single by Adryanna Jennings loaded the bases. Brooke-Lyn Doyle singled to score the Panthers' first run, Jenna Skype walked to force in a run, Erin Madsen scored on a passed ball, Shirley Harvey's base hit chased home another run and Hannah Taylor hit a sacrifice fly.
By the time the inning was over, the Panthers had taken a 5-1 advantage. They added insurance runs in the third, fifth and sixth to put the game away.
Allyssa Rippel led Chatham's 16-hit attack with a 4 for 4 day at the plate. Jennings tripled and singled, Skype had three singles and two RBI, Doyle three singles and an RBI, Harvey two singles and an RBI, Taylor a single and an RBI, Haley Pulver a single and Sydney Putnam an RBI.
Greenville collected 12 hits, including a pair of doubles by Jazzmin Gibson. Kappel had a double, Caila Benning and Kasey Pfleging three singles apiece, Emma Haller two singles, Alexis Caprio a single and Molly SanEmeterio an RBI.
Skype went the distance on the mound for the win, striking out five and walking one.
Kappel took the loss, fanning five and walking three.
"I am proud of the way the girls came out and played against a very good Greenville team," Chatham coach J.B. Brantley said. "We knew what we were playing for and the girls responded. I loved our at-bats against a very good pitcher in Kappel, took care of the little things and it worked out. Thursday we travel to Greenville in a rematch. We know they will be ready so we will need a total team effort and need to be even more focused. We are looking forward to the showdown."
Hudson 7, Maple Hill 4
HUDSON -- Thanks to a productive fifth inning, Hudson defeated Maple Hill, 7-4, in Wednesday's Patroon Conference softball game.
With the game tied 4-4, the Bluehawks pulled away for good with three runs in the fifth.
Katie Jepsen got things rolling for Hudson with a solo homer in the first inning. Nicole Conte and Gabby Cozzolino both had two hits.
Maple Hill was able to collect seven hits in the game. Statia Walker had a double and had one run scored and an RBI. Makaila Maier led Maple Hill in RBI with two. Alysa Houghtaling led the team in hits with two.
Nicole Conte earned the win for Hudson with seven innings pitched, striking out eight and allowing six hits and four runs.
Houghtaling was the losing pitcher, finishing with ten strikeouts and allowing six hits and seven runs.
Coxsackie-Athens 15, Cairo-Durham 3
CAIRO -- Despite giving up three runs in the first inning, Coxsackie-Athens defeated Cairo-Durham, 15-3, in Wednesday's Patroon Conference softball game.
The game was called after five innings.
Cairo-Durham took a 3-1 lead early, but for the rest of the game the Lady Indians would dominate. Peyton Bradt was on the mound for C-A,pitching five innings and striking out three. She gave up three hits and three runs.
C-A took the lead with three runs in the second inning, then dded three more in the third, two in the fourth and six in the fifth and final inning.
Ryan Carroll had two doubles in the game and Madison O’Callaghan had one double for the Indians Erin Mogul had a triple. Overall, Coxsackie had 15 hits. Carroll, Bradt and Lexi Varade all went 2 for 4.
Carroll, Bradt and Varade led the team in RBI’s with two each.
Ichabod Crane 7, CCHS 3
Ichabod Crane 14, CCHS 0
VALATIE -- Ichabod Crane, the No. 3 ranked Class B softball team in the state, added two more wins on Wednesday, sweeping a Colonial Council doubleheader with Catholic Central, 7-3 and 14-0.
In the opener, Isabella Milazzo pitched a complete game with 16 strikeouts.
Laney Altomer ripped a pair of doubles in support of Milazzo. Emma Scheitinger tripled and rove in two, Mackenzie Wendelken doubled, Kaili Saccento had two singles and an RBI, Marissa Wheeler and Gabbie Cox a single and an RBI each, Jenna Downey and Cali Rngwood a single apiece and Brittany Futia an RBI.
In dominant fashion, Wheeler and the Riders shut down Catholic Central in the nightcap.
Wheeler allowed just two hits and struck out seven.
Downey had a home run for the Riders. She finished 2 for 2 and had three RBI. Wendelken was 2 for 3 with a double and drove in a run. Wheeler had three singles and three RBI, Cox three singles, Saccento two singles and two RBI, Futia a single and two RBI, Altomer a single and an RBI, Scheitinger and Cameron Phippen a single each and Kayla Walsh an RBI.