MALTA -- Ichabod Crane is headed back to the Section II Class B championship game for the fifth straight year.
The top-seeded Riders (20-1) punched their ticket to the title game with a 1-0 victory over Tamarac on Thursday and will face No. 6 Schuylerville on Tuesday at 5 p.m. at Luther Forest Complex.
Isabella Milazzo was dominant on the mound, limiting Tamarac to just two singles with nine strikeouts and no walks to help the Riders post their 19th straight victory. She is now 13-0 with a 0.33 earned run average. She has allowed just 30 hits in 85 innings with 157 strikeouts and 20 walks.
"Bella did a great job keeping them off the bases," Ichabod Crane coach Tracy Nytransky said. "She worked ahead of batters and located the ball well. We played very well defensively also. We executed when necessary and were able to plate the only run we needed."
Ichabod Crane snapped a scoreless tie with a run in the third. Emma Scheitinger singled to start the inning and Gabbie Cox followed with a bunt single, sending Scheitinger to third and setting the Riders up with runners on the corners with nobody out. Brittany Futia bunted into a fielder's choice, plating Scheitinger with what turned out to be the only run of the game.
The Riders threatened again in the fifth when Scheitinger doubled and Cox singled with one out, but Tamarac pitcher Maggie Kelley struck out the next batter, then induced a pop out to get out of the jam.
Tamarac threatened in the seventh when Cassidy Galipeau led off with a single and went to second on Gabby Castiglione's sacrifice bunt. With the game on the line, Milazzo dug down and retired the next two batters on a strikeout and ground out to lock up the victory.
The Riders managed just five hits off of Kelley, a double and single by Scheitinger, two singles by Cox and a double by Kaili Saccento.
Kelley finished with nine strikeouts and two walks.
"Next game we need to get the bats going a little better," Nytransky said. "Schuylerville has a pitcher that won't overpower us but has a good mix of speeds, so we need to be ready for that. We have to be smarter at the plate."
Chatham 4, Hoosic Valley 0
MOREAU -- A day after throwing a 3-hit shutout with 6 strikeouts and no walks, Jenna Skype threw a five-hit shutout with 8 strikeouts and no walks as Chatham defeated Hoosic Valley, 4-0, in Thursday's Section II Class C softball semifinal.
No. 1 Chatham (19-2) plays No. 2 Lake George for the Section II title on Tuesday at 5 p.m. at Moreau Rec.
The game remained scoreless until the fifth when Jenna Skype ripped an RBI single to put the Panthers on top. They added three more in the sixth on a two-run single off the bat of Adryanna Jennings and an RBI double by Erin Madsen.
Madsen had two doubles and an RBI and Jennings added a double and single with two RBI for the Panthers. Skype added a single and an RBI and Sydney Putnam, Hannah Taylor and Brooke-Lyn Doyle all singled.
Losing pitcher Emma Scofield struck out five, walked one and allowed four runs and six hits.
Skype allowed just one extra base hit and drew the praise of her coach, J.B. Brantley.
"Jenna threw very well today," Brantley said. "She was able to locate her pitches and was able to get ahead and dictate. Our bats got off to a slow start but we were able to break it open with a few runs later in the game.
"I'm happy for our seniors (and the team), who set their goal back in the beginning of the year was to get back to where they got last year -- the sectional finals. Lake George is a very good team and is very well coached. We will have our hands full on Tuesday in the Finals. We will take a few days off and get back to work on Sunday and Monday preparing the game."