CHATHAM — The Chatham Panthers won their match-up in the Patroon Conference semifinals for softball, 13-1, over the Hudson Bluehawks in six innings on Wednesday.
Chatham’s Emily Mesick threw another complete game win, as Gabby Logue started the game for Hudson and was pulled after two innings for Olivia Plaia the rest of the way.
Alyssa Harp led off the top of the first with a base hit for the Bluehawks. Logue stepped into the box and popped out, but Harp advanced to second on a throwing mishap in the Panthers’ infield. Lily Kritzman also popped out, sending it high behind third but Erin Madsen called it and made the catch in shallow left. Mesick got another fly ball out, this time Aliyah Camacho hit one to left field but it was caught for out number three.
Logue went to the mound for the Bluehawks and Abby Taylor blooped a single over the second baseman for a leadoff base hit. Taylor hustled to second base on the play to get into scoring position quickly.
Madsen dropped a bunt not too far from the plate that she reached safely on. The Bluehawks tried to let the ball roll foul but it stopped right on the line and stayed fair.
Madsen hustled to second while everyone was staring at the ball, and Taylor scored on the throw to second to make it 1-0 Chatham. Then Olive Mountain and Allyson Engel hit back-to-back RBI doubles to extend the Panthers’ lead to 3-0 after one inning of play.
Mesick was more efficient on the bump in the top of the second, striking out Ashley Harp, Lindsey Martin, and Olivia Plaia in order to retire the Bluehawks 1-2-3. With two on and nobody out to start the bottom half, Addison Perry worked a walk, hustled to second on a ball-four wild pitch and a runner on third scored to make it 4-0 Panthers.
Taylor popped one up near third base and Kritzman made the catch in foul territory. Madsen reached on an infield single to shortstop, and Hudson threw home in time to tag the runner out at the plate. After an infield base hit by Mountain, Engel grounded out to the pitcher for the third out to end the inning.
Mesick stayed sharp on the hill, getting Arianna Camacho to pop out back to the mound. She struck out Sydnee Cooley-Grossman and induced another pop-up back to herself, this time by Alyssa Harp, and made the catch for the third out.
Plaia entered the game in the bottom of the third in a relief appearance for the Bluehawks, and gave up a leadoff bloop single to Mesick. After a strikeout and a walk, Chatham had runners on the corners with one out.
The runner on third base came around to score on a throw to second during a stolen base attempt and made it 5-0 Panthers by the end of the frame.
Logue led off the fourth with a single, and moved to third on a double to left by the next batter, Kritzman. Mesick struck out Aliyah Camacho and Ashley Harp for the first two, and Madsen went full extension to her right on a line drive near short by Martin for the third out.
Taylor lined a base hit back up the middle to start the bottom of the fourth, scoring on an RBI double by Madsen to make it 6-0 Chatham. The Panthers scored another three on three more RBI hits in the inning, the lead swelling to 9-0 by the time the third out was made.
With a pair of runners aboard in the top of the fifth, Logue hit a ball bobbled at third base and was thrown away, allowing the Bluehawks to score a run at long last.
Kritzman flew out to left-center after she fought Mesick in a tough at-bat, but that ended the fifth for Hudson as Chatham came back to the dugout. The Panthers scored one more in the bottom of the fifth on an RBI single from Mesick, taking a 10-1 lead into the sixth.
Aliyah Camacho grounded to short leading off the inning and Madsen stopped it with the glove but picked it up with her bare hand and threw to first in time for the out.
Ashley Harp worked a walk and Martin ripped a line drive through the glove of the third baseman to get aboard as well. Plaia blooped a ball over third base, forcing the runners to freeze on the play momentarily. The ball dropped but Madsen was right there to grab it and fire to third for the force to get the lead runner.
Arianna Camacho struck out on a ball at eye-level as Mesick shut the inning down before Hudson could put any more runs on the board. With one out in the bottom half, the Panthers hit three straight triples (Anna Freidman, Perry, and Taylor) to score two runs and go up 12-1.
Madsen came up and popped it up high behind the bag at second base. The Bluehawks’ defender lost the ball in the sun and it bounced out of her glove to allow the run to score and the game was called due to a mercy rule.
The Chatham Panthers defeated the Hudson Bluehawks 13-1 and advanced to the Patroon softball finals on Friday against the Maple Hill Wildcats.
Maple Hill 4,
CASTLETON — Maple Hill scored three run in the bottom of the fifth inning and went on to defeat Greenville, 4-2, in the Patroon Conference Softball Tournament semifinals on Wednesday.
Maple Hill will play Chatham for the Patroon title on Friday at 4:30 p.m. at Ichabod Crane High School.
Winning pitcher Kate Ackerman scattered four hits with seven strikeouts and five walks in a route-going performance,
Sam Manning tripled and drove in two runs for the Wildcats (11-8). Emily Coffey doubled and Emma Dugan added two singles.
Maddy Prayto collected two singles for Greenville (11-6). Taryn Silk singled and drove in a run and Brianna Shutter singled.
Prayto took the loss, striking out five and allowing four runs and six hits.
“Our defense was absolutely spectacular today,” Maple Hill coach Pat Austin said. “We had multiple double plays, an OF relay tag at 3B, and a pick off at home plate after a wild pitch between pitcher and catcher. We made plays all over the field today.
“It helped that Kate Ackerman threw a solid game as well. Offensively, Sam Manning came up with a clutch hit in the bottom of the fifth to plate a few runs. I’m very proud of the sharp effort we gave today in all facets of the game.”