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Phippen fires no-hitter in quarterfinals

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    Ichabod Crane’s Brittany Futia connects with a pitch against Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons in the Section II, Class B softball quarterfinals on Wednesday.
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    Ichabod Crane’s Calista Phippen delivers a pitch against Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons in the Section II, Class B softball quarterfinals on Wednesday.
May 23, 2018 08:00 pm Updated: May 23, 2018 10:33 pm

VALATIE — No. 1 Ichabod Crane made quick work of No. 9 Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons in the Section II, Class B softball quarterfinals, winning 12-0 in a five-inning, mercy rule-shortened game.

Calista Phippen tossed a no-hitter for ICC, striking out 12 in five frames.

At the plate, Phippen hit a double and a single with two RBI and a run scored. Gabbie Cox and Jenna Downey each hit two singles while Kaili Saccento, Kylie Rivers and Lauryn Heffner singled. Rivers and Cox had two RBI apiece.

“We’ve been hitting the ball well the past five or six games now,” Ichabod Crane coach Tracy Nytransky said. “Everybody from one through nine is really producing. So for us, if those guys [at the bottom of the lineup] can produce or at least get some good at-bats and get on base for the top of the order, we are going to score a lot of runs.”

The Lady Riders (17-1) head to the semis on Friday, facing the winner of No. 4 Mechanicville and No. 12 Glens Falls at Veeder Park at 4 p.m.


No. 3 Greenville 3, No. 6 Spa Catholic 1

GREENVILLE — No. 3 Greenville is heading to the Section II, Class C semifinals after beating No. 6 Spa Catholic 3-1 on Wednesday.

Ava Fitzmaurice pitched another gem for the Lady Spartans, striking out 14 while giving up one unearned run on two hits.

Offensively, Jazzmin Gibson was perfect at the plate, going 3 for 3 with a run scored. Fitzmaurice had a triple and an RBI, Callie Pfleging a single and an RBI and Kasey Pfleging and Alexis Caprio each singled.

The Lady Spartans (15-2) advance to the semifinals on Friday, taking on the winner of No. 2 Lake George and No. 7 Hoosick Falls at Moreau Rec at 4 p.m.

No. 1 Maple Hill 5, No. 9 Mayfield 1

CASTLETON — No. 1 Maple Hill cruised past No. 9 Mayfield with a 5-1 victory to head to the Section II, Class C softball semifinals.

Arianna Papas came up big at the plate for the Wildcats, hitting a home run. Kenzie Seymour had a double, Elisabeth Brahm and Alysa Houghtaling two singles apiece, and Lilly Tedford and Tara Smith a single each.

Houghtaling earned the win on the rubber, striking out 11 and surrendering one run on four hits and one walk.

"Another great team performance today and the perfect recipe for a postseason win -- great pitching/catching, some spectacular plays in the field, and a patient and disciplined approach at the plate with a few timely hits," MH coach Pat Austin said. "We are putting it all together at the right time of the season. Alysa was fantastic on the mound, mixing up locations and speeds, and Arianna crushed a home run in the sixth to give us some needed insurance. We are glad to be moving on and are excited for the next challenge."

Maple Hill (16-3) heads to the semis, facing No. 5 Chatham on Friday at Moreau Rec at 4 p.m.

No. 5 Chatham 8, No. 4 Greenwich 5 (Eight Innings)

GREENWICH -- Seniors Megan Gilligan and Haleigh McKay stepped up in crunch time with RBI singles in the eighth inning to help No.5 Chatham capture an 8-5 victory over No.4 Greenwich in the quarterfinals of the Section II, Class C softball tournament.

In the top of the eighth, after two quick outs, Brooke-Lyn Doyle walked and Jenna Skype reached on an error to give Chatham two men on when Gilligan blasted an RBI single to left field and McKay followed it up with a pop-fly single to left field, giving Chatham an 7-5 lead. Gilligan was able to score on a past ball to give Chatham an 8-5 lead and victory.

The Lady Panthers were led offensively by Doyle with two doubles and a single and one RBI. Gilligan added a single, double and three RBI.

McKay and Shirley Harvey each added two hits in the extra innings victory.

On the hill, Jenna Skype tossed eight innings allowing five runs--two earned--off 10 hits while fanning one batter.

No. 5 Chatham advances to the Section II, Class C semifinals where they will meet No.1 Maple Hill on Friday at 4 p.m. at Moreau Rec.