MALTA -- Move over New York Yankees, there is a new dynasty and it's the Ichabod Crane varsity softball team.
The Lady Riders under the direction of Tracy Nytransky earned their fourth Section II Class B championship in the past five years, defeating Schuylerville, 3-1, Tuesday at Luther Forest Athletic Field.
“It feels pretty good,” Nytransky said, “We had a big goal in the beginning of the season and to actually be able to achieve it is special.”
The win can be attributed to a team effort, but pitching really stood out in this game. ICC’s Isabella Milazzo had a dominant performance, pitching seven innings , striking out seven and allowing just four hits and one run.
“Winning the championship is amazing,” Milazzo said, I’m really excited to go onto regionals, especially pitching. I had some big shoes to fill and I’m proud of myself and my team.”
The Riders finished with three hits. Emma Scheitinger went 2 for 3 with a run and an RBI. Marissa Wheeler had a hit and run for the team as well.
ICC scored all three runs in the first two innings, getting one in the first and two in the second.
Defense was particularly strong for ICC as well. Laney Altomer made an outstanding throw from left field to home, throwing a perfect strike to catcher Jenna Downey, who tagged out a Schuylerville runner attempting to score.
Losing pitcher Teagan Andrews threw six innings with three strike outs, while allowing three hits and three runs.
Sydney Warmt and Andrews both contributed doubles to the Black Horses' cause. Warmt was 2 for 3. Hannah Klingebiel also had a hit.
“They’re a resilient group of kids,” Nytransky said, “We made plays in the field and Bella threw a great game and didn’t walk anybody. We hit the ball hard. That is what is going to take us forward.”
Ichabod Crane moves on to play Section X champion Ogdensburg in the state regionals on Thursday at 5 p.m. at SUNY Potsdam, with the winner advancing to play Section VII champion Plattsburgh on Saturday at 2 p.m. at SUNY Plattsburgh.