OGDENSBURG -- While en route to SUNY Potsdam for a state regional game against Ogdensburg on Thursday, the Ichabod Crane softball team got word that the venue had been changed.
The SUNY Potsdam field was unplayable because of recent heavy rains in the North Country, so the game was switched to Ogdensburg Free Academy, adding another 30 miles to an already long trip.
The sudden change of venues and the fact they were playing on their opponents' home field had no impact on the Riders, though, as they jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead and went on to defeat the Blue Devils, 14-2, in a game that was stopped after six innings because of the mercy rule.
Ichabod Crane, the No. 1 Class B team in the state and winner of 21 straight games, advances to the regional final and will play Section VII champ Plattsburgh at SUNY Plattsburgh on Saturday at 2 p.m.
The Riders wasted little time gaining the upper hand in Thursday's game, plating three runs on an RBI triple by Gabbie Cox and a run-scoring single by Brittany Futia. A third run came in on an infield error.
They added a single run in the fourth then broke the game open with an eight-run fourth inning.
Sophomore Isabella Milazzo improved to 15-0 with another strong performance on the mound, allowing just three hits and two runs with 10 strikeouts and no walks.
Cox led Crane's 11-hit attack with a triple, double and four RBI. Futia contributed two singles and three RBI, Marissa Wheeler and Mackenzie Wendelken each had two singles and an RBI, Jenna Downey, Kaili Saccento and Laney Altomer all singled, Emma Scheitinger drove in two runs and Emma Heartquist had an RBI.
Mattie Hough doubled for Ogdensburg. Claie Rishe had a single and and RBI, Emily Farrand singled and Katie Rogers drove in a run.
Rileigh Planty was the losing pitcher, striking out two, walking two and allowing 14 runs and 11 hits.
"We had a great game today," Ichabod Crane coach Tracy Nytransky said. "We hit the ball around a lot, executed when necessary and Bella pitched a really nice game. We hit the ball hard even when we made outs. Everyone contributed today and it was a good win for us moving on."