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Gibson hits walk-off to give Greenville title; Crane softball wins Section II, Class B championship

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    Justin Porreca/Columbia-Greene Media Greenville’s Ava Fitzmaurice delivers a pitch against Chatham in the Section II, Class C championship on Tuesday.
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    Justin Porreca/Columbia-Greene Media Chatham’s Meghan Radley connects with a pitch against Greenville in the Section II, Class C championship on Tuesday.
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    Greenville’s Jazzmin Gibson swings at a pitch against Chatham in the Section II, Class C championship on Tuesday.
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    Justin Porreca/Columbia-Greene MediaChatham pitcher Jenna Skype delivers against Greenville in the Section II, Class C championship on Tuesday.
May 29, 2018 07:03 pm Updated: May 29, 2018 07:05 pm

FORT EDWARD — Jazzmin Gibson’s RBI double in the bottom of the seventh inning capped a three-run rally and Greenville edged Chatham, 5-4, to win its second straight Section II, Class C softball championship on Tuesday at Moreau Rec.

“We had our leading hitters coming up. We knew we had a chance,” Greenville coach Brian Haller said. “Jazzmin has been on fire the whole game. We had coming up who we wanted to have coming up in that big situation for us.”

Chatham rallied from a 2-1 deficit with a run in the top of the sixth to even the score at 2-2, then took the lead in the top of the seventh on a two-run double off the bat of Haleigh McKay.

Callie Pfleging reached on an infield erro — Chatham’s fifth of the game — to start Greenville’s seventh inning rally. Ava Fitzmaurice singled Pfleging to third and took second on the throw in. Caila Benning reached on an outfield error, allowing two runs to score to make it a 4-4 game, setting the stages for Gibson, who belted a 2-2 pitch into left for the game-winning hit.

Gibson, who has been red-hot in the postseason had a double and single for the Spartans. Fitzmaurice added two singles and Benning, Pfleging, Alexis Caprio and Olivia Gorneau all singled.

McKay’s two-run double paced Chatham. Brooke-Lyn Doyle, Shirley Harvey and Meghan Radley each had a single.

Fitzmaurice was the winning pitcher, striking out five, walking two and surrendering four runs on four hits.

Skype took the loss, striking out three, while giving up five runs on eight hits.

Greenville advances to regional play on Thursday, facing St. Lawrence Central at SUNY Potsdam at 5 p.m.

SECTION II, CLASS B

Ichabod Crane 6, Schuylerville 2

MALTA — Ichabod Crane overcame an early deficit to defeat SChuylerville, 6-2 and win its third Section 2 Class B softball title in four years as Luther Forest Complex on Tuesday.

Schuylerville, the No. 2 seed, jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the second when Molly Elder got to second on an infield error, was sacrificed to third and scored on a wild pitch.

Crane, the No 1 seed, answered in the bottom of the third with three runs to take the lead for good. Ashley DeKraai got it started with a double. Gabbie Cox singled and Calista Phippen walked to load the bases. Kaili Saccento delivered an RBI single and Alex McKearin followed with a two-run single to m ake it 3-1.

Schuylerville sliced the Riders’ lead to 3-2 when Caitlin Kelleher drilled a Phippen offering over the fence in left field.

The Riders added three more runs in the bottom of the fourth. DeKraai again got things started with a base hit. After being s\acrificed to second, DeKraai scored when Cox reached on an error. Phippen singled and another error on a ball hit by Saccento allowed tow more runs to cross the plate to boost the Riders’ lead to 6-2.

DeKraai finished with a perfect 3 for 3 day at the palte with a double. Cox had two singles, Mckearin a single and two RBI, Saccento a single and an RBI and Phippen a single.

Kelleher’s home run was one of only two hits for the Horses, who finish with an 18-3 overall record. Grace Pelletier-Hoblock doubled.

Phippen struck out 10, walked two and allowed just two hits and two runs.

Teagan Andrew took the loss, striking out five, walking two and surrendering six runs on eight hits.

Crane (19-1) advances to state regional play and will take on the Section 7 or 10 champion on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. at Moreau Rec.

LITTLE LEAGUE

MetzWood 3, The Grand 0

KINDERHOOK — MetzWood Insurance beat out The Grand, 3-0, in a Northern Columbia Little League game recently at the Kinderhook field.

For MetzWood, Tim Wheeler, Wyatt Dolge and Kyle Dansforth each pitched two complete innings. Wheeler struck out five batters while walking none. Dolge struck out six without a walk and Dansforth struck out five batters, giving up three hits and no walks.

Offensively for MetzWood, Jason Borrelli had a single, Tyler Van Allen a single, Tim Wheeler two singles, Kyle Dansforth two singles and Connor McDarby a single.

For The Grand, Matt Buono and Craig Morrison shared pitching duties. Combined they gave up three runs on seven hits, striking out nine and walking three.

Offensively for the Grand, Zack Igras, Gabe DeLong and Conner Ackerly each singled.

Both MetzWood and the Grand are 1–2 for the season.